Put extra food and unwanted gifts to good use with these savvy tips
"I offset the mounds of uneaten food by sending plates home with guests. I also freeze some for myself on microwave-safe dishes.
If I'm working late or not feeling well, my family can heat the food and have a home-cooked meal in seconds."
―Candie Maddox, 36, Martinez, Ga.
"I donate the gifts I don't need to the nursing home where I work to use as Bingo prizes. The winners love to show off their
treasures after the games are over!"
―Donna Garoutte, 45, Valley Center, Kan.
"I hate wasting food, so any leftovers go straight to the office for my coworkers. The banana nut bread is gone by 10 a.m.,
and the sides make for great treats during lunch."
―Jeanne Cronin, 32, Metairie, La.
"We like to bring several holiday gifts and leftover food to homeless shelters. To me, that's what Christmas is really all
about―the spirit of giving!"
―Linda Bertaso, 45, West Chester, Ohio