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The contents of your trash may show how you could be wasting money and Earth's resources

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The Agriculture Department says that nearly 25 percent of all food sold in America ends up in the trash. That means that if you're a typical American family, you could reduce your grocery bill by a quarter simply by being smarter about food storage and portion control. Here are 10 simple ways to do cut down on your grocery bill. If you see you are throwing away a lot of food and vegetable scraps — such as apple, cucumber and potato peels — you're throwing away valuable vitamins, fiber and other nutrients. The skins of fruits and veggies often contain more nutrients than the flesh. Remember to always wash produce thoroughly before consuming. What you don't eat, I'm sure your compost pile will enjoy.  

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