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Being resourceful, saving money for the holidays

SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – About five million tons of food is wasted between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. While most people don’t need to see leftovers in the fridge for long, we live in an economic climate where every penny counts. Erin Levine, Resource Recovery Manager at World Centerhave developed a series of sustainable tips that will save you money and be environmentally friendly.

· Include more plant-based foods

· Smart meal planning

· Prepare ingredients before starting to heat the oven or turn on the stove to save energy

· Choose compostable containers

· Decorate with natural materials

A food counter can also help you decide how much money is enough to cover the expected guests. When considering gifts, experiences can also be a meaningful solution. “If you want to give something that day, try wrapping it with a simple cloth or recycled newspaper,” Levin said.

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