Whether you’re Julia Child or the king of ordering takeout, you need these food tips.

Most of us have totally unconscious habits that just let our money drain away, quarters and dollars at a time. It's like elves sneak into our wallets and steal our cash — almost $400 a year!

If you're like most Americans, you're wasting a ton of money on food ... that you don't even eat.

I think we can agree: That's bananas.

After all, who has that kind of money to throw around?

Mr. Burns! Just as I suspected.

But for those of us who aren't horsing around with it on purpose, how does that much money just vanish?

Are morning lattes or the latest cupcake or cronut craze to blame? Nope.

Let's break it down.

Here's a snapshot of us throwing our money in the garbage:

Does that sound familiar?

It sure does to me.

I'll say it again: That's bananas!

Not only are we throwing away all this food that we spent our hard-earned money on to buy for ourselves, but we're treating it like garbage. And it's not garbage! Almost everything we eat can be composted and turned back into healthy soil, giving us ... easier, better food!

It's the circle of life, man.

Food in the trash can is its own problem.

I thought we were acing it with our elaborate mandatory urban recycling programs!

Those trash cans are full of money. Our money.

How're we gonna get it back?

A new campaign called I Value Food is offering lots of tips and resources to help us stop losing our lunch (and our lunch money). Here's one easy tip you can take to the bank right this second.

They've also got a quiz to help you figure out how much you're wasting!

And this, a quick visual love-poem of a video to food — may she be saved!

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