Our family vacation is soon approaching. A couple of years ago, I adopted a practice that I enact before going out of town. This practice saves money, time and keeps me from having to pull unidentifiable items out of the fridge when we return from vacation.
Two or three weeks before leaving, I minimize the amount of new food I bring into the house by using up what I already have. This process forces me to use what is good, throw out what is bad and create new recipes.
With summer vacations coming up, you may want to do this too!