[00:00:00] I have some final thoughts I just want to share with you. For one, I really hope that this course has been so helpful to you that’s given you tons of ideas and ways to save money that you might not have ever thought of, but I do want to let you know that just saving money on groceries isn’t going to happen overnight and reducing your food waste isn’t going to just happen all at one time.
[00:00:23] It’s a process, and I’ve been working on this for years and years and years. Decades really, and I want to give. You the permission to fail, that if you have to throw things out, if you spend more than you want at the grocery store, give yourself some grace. You’re learning the process and you’re going to be able to save so much more over time and you’re going to be able to not throw away so much food.
[00:00:52] And so it’s just a process that you’re going to adapt and get better and better as your lifestyle changes. [00:01:00] So I don’t want you to view this as like a diet, a quick fix that, you know, if I do this for one month, then I’ll, you know, it’ll be all good. This is a complete shift in a lot of the different ways than you’ve ever had in your life.
[00:01:15] When you start looking at ways to save when you start looking at how to not throw away so much of your food and just eliminate a lot of the food waste that you are are just. Wasting right now. It will save you money. It will save you time. It just, it will help you overall. It’ll give you the ability to spend more on the things that really matter to you.
[00:01:39] So I just want to encourage you that being persistent and disciplined is just key to reducing food waste and to spend less on groceries. It will take some practice. Let yourself. You know, it was, it’s okay if you don’t get it right the first time. It’s going to take some time to do that. Okay. [00:02:00] So one thing to do is just keep track of how much food you’re throwing away.
[00:02:04] I know. Um, I used to work in college at a caterer. As a caterer and what they would do as a kitchen, they would actually, instead of just throwing the extra food away, they actually would measure it and see how much food they were wasting and their goal was to reduce their food waste. Like every day and to make that less and less and less.
[00:02:30] And I know for someone who, you know, I don’t have a catering business and I don’t have a food business, but if we actually put the food that we throw away that’s bad in a container and measured it out and made it a goal to have less and less in that container every day. Would that change how you live your life?
[00:02:53] Would it change how you use that food because you’re actually visually seeing, wow, I’m throwing away a lot. [00:03:00] So you could actually do that if you wanted to, but a lot of times if you just have that mental shift and start really paying attention to how much you’re throwing away, even just pay attention to how much you’re putting in your dumpster and your garbage every week when you take it out to the curb.
[00:03:17] And see if you are actually decreasing the amount of grocery bags that you throw out in the week. And if you are, that means that you’re reducing your food waste, which is always amazing. So I want to just encourage you to buy food that’s on sale in season and make sure you use it up before it goes bad.
[00:03:38] And the tips that I have shared in here will help you save so much and saving money and food. Reducing your food waste isn’t all about finances. It’s about managing the resources that we have. Well, I believe that God gives us the things that we need, our food, the money that we have, [00:04:00] and if we’re managing it well.
[00:04:02] Our life is going to be better. We’re going to be more satisfied. We’re going to realize that we’re, we’re being, we’re using things to the best of our ability, and it’s also helping our environment. Like we don’t want to just have everything that we, that we buy, just go into the dump and just accumulate the landfills.
[00:04:24] So even though like we are in the position where our house is paid off and we could be spending more on groceries than we are, I think it’s important too, to limit the price that I’m spending on groceries and really be paying attention. To my spending habits, no matter how much we make. And I think even if you’re making a lot of money or a little, you need to be paying attention to the resources that you have.
[00:04:51] Are you spending, well, are you saving in areas that you can, because it gives you the ability to free up money that could be saved, that could be [00:05:00] given, it could be, you know, helping organizations and people in need. There are so many things that we can do with the money and the savings that we have. How from spending less on groceries, and I think a huge reason why I really want to focus on food waste is that it is such a big worldwide issue.
[00:05:24] There’s so much waste that it’s just insane. And you, what’s crazy is. Right now there’s enough food in the world to feed everyone. Yet there they estimate there’s 815 million people globally that are going hungry. That’s crazy. So there’s enough food, but 815 million people are hungry. And so it’s just, if we can make a small impact, maybe we can help make that number dwindle down.
[00:05:58] So if we limit our [00:06:00] food waste, it’s really going to help the world in a small way. And if we make this something that is normal, hopefully, it will actually take off. So I’ve got a couple of questions and just to give you some ideas. So I want you to think about how you can make a positive impact on the world hunger and the food waste epidemic.
[00:06:23] Like what can you do today? In your life to help with the food waste issue for one is to limit how much you’re actually throwing away. If you’re throwing away a ton of food, you’re part of the problem. And most of us are in some way or another. So if we are starting to limit that food waste, it will really help us in talking to other people, getting people aware about it.
[00:06:50] One thing you can also do is you can buy what you need and give the money that you typically would have spent on groceries that you throw away and [00:07:00] give that to. A food bank or a homeless shelter. You can also volunteer at different charities that help feed people in need. You can bring meals to families that are in need, families that could use a meal, who would love and totally appreciate having a meal that is made for them that they don’t have to cook themselves.
[00:07:21] One thing you can also do is start composting your leftover produce. You can do this. Just by having, you can even have like an old, um, ice cream container, like the gallon ice cream container and put the lid on it. If he wants something super cheap and just have it in your kitchen and collect your things and put it out in a corner of your yard, you can use all kinds of things to make your own compost pile.
[00:07:47] I have been able to use, um, pallets and just putting them. Into like a S just a three-sided, so that way you can turn the compost pile. You can do that. [00:08:00] I mean, there’s so many things you can save your eggshells. You can save your coffee grounds, all of those things. Instead of throwing them in the trash, you can compost them.
[00:08:09] And it’s amazing how much you can, like I compost so much in comparison to what I actually throw away. And so if you do that, then you’re just helping your garden. You’re helping. To not increase the amount of stuff that’s in landfills. You can also feed food scraps to chickens, other animals if you have them, or if you have a friend who has, you know, goats or chickens, you can go and save your, your the food.
[00:08:38] You would typically compost and give it to them. And then I would just recommend if you have never even thought about food waste and you don’t think. You know, you’ve never talked about to anyone. If this is something that’s really like it’s hitting you and you want to share about it, talk to people about it and ask them what they think about it and how they’re [00:09:00] helping to improve the situation.
[00:09:02] And it just, it’s like we have to start one person at a time just talking about how to, to waste less. Okay. So I just want to close off that. I just hope over all that you feel so much more equipped to change the way that you shop when you go for, for groceries, because you are able to save so much if you really start implementing all the things I’ve talked about in this course.
[00:09:30] And I really hope that you just start implementing. You don’t have to do it all at once. Just you could always revisit this course. You have lifetime access. So. Go through it more than one time. Listen to it on your way to work. Get this in your mind so that way when you go to the grocery store, you’re like, Oh, I know exactly what I need to do.
[00:09:49] I know what I’m doing. I know what prices I need to be spending on these things. And so just start implementing these concepts. You’re going to save yourself so [00:10:00] much money and it’s going to be savings that you find month after month. You’re going to continue reducing your food waste, and that’s going to save you so much more money and give you peace of mind.
[00:10:10] So I just want to encourage you to just keep moving forward and give yourself grace because. You will screw up. I screw up. You know, sometimes you’re going to throw food away. Sometimes you’re going to spend more than you want, and that’s okay. You just don’t want to make that into an everyday habit. And I just want to close off with this quote by Thomas Edison, and he said the three great essential to achieve anything worthwhile.
[00:10:36] Our first hard work. Second stick to it. Ignis third common sense and I feel like that just like sums up this course because the first thing that you need to do is you’re going to have to do a little bit of hard work. You’re going to have to learn some new concepts that will help you to be able to save money for the rest of your life.
[00:10:59] And the [00:11:00] second thing is you’re going to have stick to it. If you just think Ellis is a great idea and then you never actually implement it. It’s not worthwhile then, so you need to stick to it. And the third one is common sense like this isn’t something that you go to school for. It’s, it’s just very, I mean, you have to use common sense.
[00:11:18] Are you going to spend this or not? Yes or no. I just wanna encourage you that you have this and if you want to get more inspiration, more information. Please check out my website, Amberley rich.com I have a ton of articles, tips, and I am active on Instagram and on Facebook. And so go follow me. Find out more about what I am talking about and learn more for me.
[00:11:43] And I am so, so grateful and honored that you’re part of this course. Thank you for being here and I hope you enjoy this and revisit this and you got this.