Take Control of Your Life is a mini series on how to take back your life by doing small things that can make a difference. Each day will feature 5 tips on how to take control of your life. Today’s topic: Conquering Your Kitchen. I hope you enjoy .
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1. Reusable grocery bags not only save the earth, but save you on kitchen clutter. After using your bags, return your bags to the car so that you do not forget them during your next shopping trip. You can also purchase a door hook and place the bags there near your pantry. Make sure you wash your bags at least once a month to prevent contamination of fruits & veggies with raw meat. Some stores (below) even offer your a bonus by offering a discount on your purchase.
CVS offers $1 in Extra Care Bucks with their Greenbag tag on every 4th purchase. The reward prints on the bottom of your receipt.
Many Targets offer 5 cents off your purchase with every bag that you bring along.
Aldi does not provide their customers with bags or shopping carts. By bring your bags, instead of purchasing them, you will save 6 cents (plastic) to 25 cents (paper) per bag used depending on your location.
2. Instead of trying to always locate that missing food container lid, use a plastic bin to store all tops. Try purchase similar sets as they usually nest together and can save on storable space.
4. One of the easiest ways to keep up with what you need is by creating an grocery inventory list. Place items on the list that you frequently purchase. A great place to put it is on the fridge. Every time you use up an item, place it on your grocery shopping list. Also creating an current inventory list of items in your freeze will save you time and money because you will know exactly what is in your freeze before opening the door, saving you on your energy bill by not standing there for 5 minutes wandering what you have or looking for what you need.
5. The catchall bin is the best. Use a 20 gallon Rubbermaid tub and go around the house and pick up any items that do not below. This works great for your counter and table areas around dinner time.