The average American family throws away an estimated 25 percent of its grocery shopping dollars — as much as $2,000 a year. Fresh produce tops the list. Other food waste occurs by throwing out leftovers, discarding by-products such as bacon grease, and not using every scrap of food such as meat bones and the heels of a loaf of bread. Here are our ideas for reducing some of this food waste. For six great ways to stop wasting perfectly good food, read the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.