How to save money on your food costs?  One thing that I have learned to do is to try to avoid food waste is to look through your refrigerator on a daily basis and see what fruits and vegetables that may go bad in a few days.  Lettuce can be kept longer if you put a couple of paper towels in the container and change them each day. Some of the vegetables that can be chopped up and frozen include: celery, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, brussels sprouts, green beans, corn, kale, spinach, peas, etc. You might want to blanch the brussels sprouts and green beans prior to freezing. Tomatoes can be frozen too, but I dip them in boiling water to pull the skin off and then put them in freezer bags to use in soups, sauces, etc.  Some fruits can be frozen such as: bananas to use in smoothies and breads; strawberries; raspberries; cantaloupe; grapes; peaches sliced and coated with lemon juice; pineapple; blackberries; cranberries; apples sliced and coated with lemon juice; etc.  Fruits and vegetables are a big part of one’s food budget, but tend to spoil quickly.  Another expensive part of the food budget is meat. Usually, I purchase bigger packages of meat with my Sam’s Club membership and immediately separate it into smaller packages and put in the freezer. Food is one of the biggest part of one’s budget and the more that you can preserve and not throw in the trash saves money for other items. Stay tuned for more food saving tips!