Food waste is estimated at 25% of the average American family’s grocery shopping dollars — or a little more than $2,000 a year. Fresh vegetables top the list. If you have a better use for $2,000 this year, please check out our simple ways to store and preserve fresh vegetables before they are wasted in the trash or compost bin. These storage recommendations are for popular seasonal vegetables. As a general rule, locally grown organic produce does not stay fresh as long as conventional produce. For the full story, with all the money-saving tips, visit our sister site, Living on the Cheap.