8 Small Steps To Saving Big On Greener Food

04/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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# Use that lunch box
Remember that colorful lunchbox we proudly carried to school everyday? Stop ordering food delivery and takeout, make meals at home and carry them around within a lunch box, not a brown bag which will create more landfill waste.

I used the Feed The Pig calculator to estimate how much I can save by bringing lunch versus buying it-- whopping $100 per month, or $1,200 per year. Besides saving a lot of money, I'll also eliminate throwing away all that superfluous packaging that takeout food usually warrants.

# Make your own packaged food like breadcrumbs, soymilk and peanut butter
A package of breadcrumbs can cost anywhere from $3 to more than $20. Save those dollars and start making these crusty crumbs at home from left over bread slices, namely those end pieces that no one likes to eat. Simply freeze these pieces until there are enough slices to make the serving of breadcrumbs needed.

Check out these DIY cost-saving recipes:

* Breadcrumbs
* Soy Milk
* Peanut Butter

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