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Want to earn $133 an hour? Make a shopping list.

A large pile of waste bread, fruits & vegetables.
Photo by The Guardian UK

Pssssssst! Wanna make $133 an hour?

Okay, follow my trigonometry here:

The average family of four wastes about $133 worth of food each month.

“Oh,” you might be saying, “that’s someone else. There’s no way I waste that much food! Now get back to telling me how to make $133 an hour!”

Think again. Even if you come in at half the average, that’s still a whopping $798 over the course of a year.

Good news! You can put that $133 back in your pocket—every month.

Here’s how: Make a list.

Spend just 15 minutes minutes each week planning meals that include ingredients that you already have knocking around your kitchen.

The good news: You can put that $133 back in your pocket—every month.

I know: It sounds way too easy. But there it is. Make a list. Check it against your pantry, your fridge, your collection of half-empty chip bags, your unused health-kick impulse buys.

While you’re at it, download our Save the Food fridge guide to learn how to store fruits & veggies so they last longer!

Save $133 by spending 15 minutes a week, simply being more aware of what you already have on hand.

Shop, prep, cook…and each week, put $33.25 in a dream jar, or transfer it to a special bank account.

After 4 weeks, Bada-BOOM! You’ve got an extra $133 to your name, for an hour’s worth of work—15 minutes at a time.



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Clare has lived in Tennessee, New Mexico, California, Virginia, Connecticut, Texas, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and, for the past 10 years, Vermont. She can be found peering into recycling bins everywhere to see what works and is frequently quizzed about recycling and composting in random places when people find out where she works. She spends as much time as possible playing ukulele and roaming through Vermont’s spectacular mountains and forests.