I tend to write frequently about food waste because I think it’s a topic that people need to be reminded of with regular frequency. I know I do. I try very hard to minimize the amount of food that I buy that ends up never getting eaten by my family. I usually do well for a while, but then one day, I look in the refrigerator and realize there are far more items that need to be thrown away than there should be.

It’s time for one of those regular reminders about the average person or family’s bad, expensive habit of wasting food. This reminder comes from ABC News. Reporter Amy Robach follows a family of four around for a week to see just how much of the food they buy at the grocery store ends up in the trash. She also offers up some simple tips for wasting less.

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Food waste comes with a hefty environmental price. The land, water, feed, and energy for transportation and refrigeration that are used to produce food that ends up in the trash all ends up wasted right along with the food. It would be great if that knowledge was simply enough to keep us all wasting as little food as possible. But, sometimes we need a little financial incentive, too.

If your habits are similar to the family in this video, you could be throwing away hundreds of dollars a food a month. Does that give you an incentive to waste less food?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Watch a family throw away $350 in food a month
video follows a family of four and records how much food they throw away in a week