9 Small Expenses Killing Your Budget

1. Food

Woman scraping food off plate into trash bin.
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Food is among our biggest expenditures. Of course, we all have to eat. But we also waste money on meals.

Spending $10 at lunch each day adds up to a whopping $50 per week, or $200 per month. It may not seem like much when you’re swiping the magic plastic, but this expense can sap your savings.

Americans are also notorious for throwing away food. As we point out in “12 Food Hacks That Will Save You Time, Money or Grief,” there are many ways to extend food freshness. For example:

Store tomatoes with the stem side down, because that’s where the air gets in the most quickly, and you’ll add shelf life to your tomatoes.

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