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Before the kids come home, sometimes it’s good to open the fridge and see what you need to get rid of. I had some pears that were getting really soft, some big pieces of cheese that were drying out on the edges (because someone who shall not be named forgot to close the package) and a huge box of crackers from Costco that no one never seemed interested in.
I cut them up, put them out, and everything was gone in a few minutes. They get a snack, you don’t waste food, everyone is happy.
If you put it out, they will eat it.
At least my kids will -- most of the time.
I *try* (key word here is try) to do the same thing with meal planning -- I see what I have, what needs to be used and try to plan around that. It will save you money and kids won’t be opening every door and cabinet wondering what there is to eat.