Food Waste Friday: Oatmeal

Part of saving money, especially when it comes to groceries and food, is to not waste the food that you do buy.  If you work hard to save money and purchase good, wholesome food for your family, then why would you want to throw it in the trash each week?

Now I’m not clever enough to have come up with Food Waste Friday on my own.  I’m participating along with some other great ladies, including Kristen, a.k.a The Frugal Girl.  Why don’t you join us and see how much money you can save by actually eating all the food you buy?

Last week Maddie wanted oatmeal for breakfast.  No big deal, she eats it all the time.  But in true Maddie fashion, she asked for it, ate two bites, then decided she didn’t want it anymore.  Then wanted something else.  She’s so super-fickle these days.  She asks for something, then changes her mind as soon as she gets it.  Is this common with 2 1/2 year olds?  I can’t remember if Carlie did the same thing or not.

Anyway, I saved the oatmeal she didn’t eat, hoping she’d ask for it again and I could just heat this up.  But alas, that never happened, and it’s been about a week and it’s starting to look a bit icky.  I usually eat up stuff like this myself, but I’m not a huge cooked oatmeal fan.  I prefer to let mine soak for a few minutes before eating them rather than cooking them on the stove or in the microwave.

But that’s it for this week!

How about you?  How much food do you waste each week?  Join us in trying to create a food waste-free household!


6 responses

  1. My 5 yo does the same thing all the time. I just leave it out and say when you are done you can have something else, but not until then. Would that work, or is she too young?

    • Actually that’s usually what I do for both older girls. They don’t have to eat it now, but later when they’re hungry that’s their “snack”. I think this was from a day where we were going to be out running errands all morning. But I do love that idea and have been using it. Thanks for the tip Colleen!

  2. Yep,both of my kids (ages 4 and 20 months) do that. We throw out quite a bit of oatmeal around here just for that reason. If you have a compost pile, you can compost oatmeal so you don’t feel so bad about throwing it out! 😉

  3. My 3 year old loves to eat oatmeal, but doesn’t always finish it either. And I usually do the same it, but then when she wants more later, I usually forget about the oatmeal in the fridge…until it’s too late.

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