Shopping for food seems to be getting more and more expensive these days, and what makes it even worse is there’s a good chance folks won’t even eat a lot of the stuff they buy at the market, leading to a lot of food waste.
A new survey reveals:
- The average American spends $1,493.93 a year on food they’ll never eat.
- That translates to about 18% of their groceries per shopping trip.
- 27% of folks say hey “always” or “often” buy food they don’t eat.
- Less than 10% say they “never” do.
- 46% say they usually buy and waste the same foods every month because they think they’ll finally eat them.
- The most commonly wasted food are:
- Fruits (53%)
- Vegetables (45%)
- Dairy products (39%)
- Grains (25%)
- Protein (20%)
- Snack foods (19%)
So, how do people try and stop themselves from wasting food?
- Well, 55% of those polled say shopping solo makes them more likely to stick to their shopping list, with 36% saying that means they are less likely to buy stuff they don’t need.
- 60% avoid going shopping hungry, because if they are they are more likely to buy stuff they don’t need.