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Not only are the Burbees using a lot of electricity, they're also throwing out hundreds of dollars worth of groceries every month. "I go grocery shopping at least twice a week. Yesterday's trip was $200," Kriss says. "I probably throw away, at the very least, 25 percent of whatever I've bought." Though she saves leftovers, Kriss says they hardly ever get eaten.

The Burbees also go through a roll of paper towels every day and use more than their fair share of paper plates and plastic cups.

Over the years, Kriss says her children's unhealthy habits have started to concern her. Lily loves the taste of Starbucks steamed vanilla drinks, which she gets twice a week, and Tommy plays video games three to five hours a day.

Kriss says her son's video game addiction is what made her realize they needed to make a change.
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Published on June 12, 2009

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