Beginner's Box: Waste not, save a lot
The best way to save money on food is to quit throwing it away. Find ways to recycle “old” food rather than the garbage pail.
When vegetables lose their crunch in the crisper, use them in stews or stocks. Stale bread really isn’t — it makes excellent bread crumbs, croutons and French toast.
Fried rice actually is better with leftover rice. Brown bananas flavor better than fresh in dessert breads. Pureé past-prime tomatoes into sauce or salsa. Save leftover wine in the fridge for use in sauces — red for beef, white for seafood and poultry.