While Thanksgiving is a feast of plenty that sparks gaiety, warm fuzzy vibes, and togetherness, it also adds to America’s massive problem with food waste. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), about 200 million pounds of turkey alone is tossed away during Thanksgiving.  

Per the NRDC, that’s a carbon footprint equal to 800,000 cars driving from Florida to Los Angeles. What’s more, you’re bound to have an overage of mashed potatoes, green beans, and other holiday side dishes the morning after.  

To cut down on Thanksgiving food waste, I reached out to my fellow frugalistas and money nerds for simple, creative ways on how to make the most of leftovers:  

Turkey Ramen  

Jim Wang and his family will spatchcock their turkey, meaning they’ll take out the spine from the tail to the neck. The removed spine, along with the ribs and baggie of…

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