According to the website, SaveTheFood.com, 40% of all food in America is wasted. That is an alarming amount of waste when you consider most people fill their shopping carts to the top of the basket with groceries.

Yvette Cabrera, Deputy Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, told HuffPost that "Food waste is a major problem in kitchens across the U.S." She added that, "Consumers throw away more food than restaurants and grocery stores combined."

Cabrera suggested thinking of your own grocery bill to put things in perspective. "A family of four spends around $124 a month, or $1,500 a year, on wasted food. Couples spend $62 a month or $750 a year on food that is never eaten."

That's alot of dough!

Angel Planells, a Seattle-based registered dietician nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said shopping more frequently could help consumers reduce food waste, but shopping smarter is just as important.

His advice is to buy only what you need, when you need it. Avoid sales that encourage buying items in large quantities, especially produce.

In an effort to help people save time and money United Supermarkets has rolled out a new line of ReadyMeals. You'll waste less when you shop United because they have already done the math to prepare healthy meals for one person or entire parties!

Check out their website to find out how you can create nutritional meals or to browse the large array of ReadyMeals.

Stop by your local United Supermarket, Market Street or Amigos today to start saving money in time for the Holidays!