A meal-plan and a shopping list are two of the best tools for reducing food waste.

In today’s fast-paced world, making a plan and sticking to it can be difficult. Planning your meals before you shop is one of the best ways to reduce your food waste. Knowing what food you have and need stops you over-buying and makes it easier to use up food before it goes bad.

When making your plan, start with the foods you already have. Prioritise food that needs to be used up soon. Your plan should be based around the foods you eat –  the real you, not the ideal version of yourself. Although making a plan does make it easier to eat better, being unrealistic with what foods you will actually eat can lead to even more food waste. Taking the time to plan your meals saves you time, money and stress later in the week.