Only you know if money is so tight that you can't afford to throw out half of a salad, but I would kind of guess probably not.
You don't need our permission to do this. If you want to throw it out, throw it out - but do not use your body as a garbage can. If you don't need it, it's only garbage.
You have three choices
1. you can eat it now, using yourself as a garbage can
2. put it directly in the garbage can, now
3. put it in the fridge and save it until you're hungry again (by which time it could be so unappetizing that it is garbage and you'll have to throw it away),
So this means, of your three choices, all of them (unless you're really lucky with #3) end up meaning that the salad IS or will soon be garbage regardless of your choice.
If you already know that putting it in the fridge will result in it turning to something unfit to eat - it's already garbage, you just have to decide how you're going to dispose of it - and garbage is best disposed of in the garbage can, not into your body.
The time to be frugal is at the grocery store and before the food becomes garbage, not once it has become garbage. If you buy something and bring it home and realize it IS garbage, putting it in yourself doesn't do you any good.
I don't even feel bad about throwing away even unopened junk food anymore, because I don't know any people who need it. Even food pantries are over-run with junk and often scarce on "real" wholesome food, so even giving it away is giving away garbage for someone else to put in their body in place of good food.
I figure the best use of junk food (if I'm dumb enough to buy it) is to feed all the critters and their babies at the dump - the raccoons, skunks, rats, mice, seagulls, worms, spiders, insects...
Last edited by kaplods; 06-02-2011 at 11:57 PM.