Food waste is estimated at 25% of the average American family’s grocery shopping dollars — a little more than $2,000 a year. Fresh fruits and vegetables top the list, because many are wasted in the trash or compost bin. If you have a better use for $2,000 this year, we have some simple ways to store and preserve fresh fruits and vegetables. These storage recommendations are for popular seasonal vegetables. As a rule, locally grown organic produce does not stay fresh as long as conventional produce. Read the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.