The #felixfakeaways Challenge Got Me Thinking...
While not wasting food is always the goal, what are some other ethical, environmentally friendly, and wallet friendly ways that you all save money and cut down on waste in the world of food and drink?
Let me begin by saying that I am not cheap, but frugal. There really isn't a whole lot of difference between the two terms, but I like to differentiate between them by thinking of frugality as smart and forward thinking, where cheap is just stingy and unattractive. Maybe I am just trying to convince myself that I am better than cheap , who knows, moving on.
Sarnies of the 70's and the other frugal recipes on FoodTribe's YouTube page have always intrigued me as I connect on a much deeper level to the frugality and down to earthness (not a word, I know) of them. Now, does my attraction to frugality mean I fried up some cat food for dinner last night? Certainly not, although I did enjoy watching Mr. May eat it, but I truly believe that there are ways to save money and still enjoy food as much if not more so by consciously acquiring it. This can take all sorts of forms, from shopping locally, buying less, and reheating and repurposing different leftovers to make them interesting instead of making them waste. This has benefits environmentally and fiscally- a win-win if you ask me.
An example of conscious food consumption in my own life is when I go out to eat, I never do the following (and by never I mean NEVER). I never buy water, I never buy coffee from a chain like Starbucks, and I never pay for a side as at least one will usually come free with your main meal. If your main course does not come with a side, the restaurant is probably cheap which, as described above, is not attractive. I will order the occasional appetizer like twice a year, but that is all. Sure, most of the time this is just because I don't want to spend money on it, but I also believe that at times, ordering an appetizer distracts from the memorableness of the actual meal. If I order really good boneless wings and then get my main course of an average hamburger, I will usually forget the hamburger and remember the wings. It is a balancing act. This is just one example of being more conscious with food, but one that is particularly relevant in my own life.
Now that I have rambled on for a while, the whole point of this article was to get you all involved, so I ask the following: how do you consciously acquire food? Do you purposely save leftovers? Do you not buy things you can get for free at home (*cough* water *cough*)? Tell me below!