Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The average American wastes about $2,275 in food each year, according to the Christian Science Monitor. That is just one of the many sneaky money losses that often go unnoticed.

Check out these 10 ways American's waste money unintentionally, according to Life Hacker.

Home upkeep
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

On top of all the other things that need to be fixed in a house, there are three that should take precedence for financial reasons.

Get rid of drafts. Caulking and weatherstripping can save you 30 percent on your energy bill, according to

Keeping energy appliances updated. Inefficient appliances like heating, air conditioning, water heaters, dehumidifiers and refrigerators can cost you a lot. Programmable thermostats and running appliances help you save.

Clean the gutters.
Water causes expensive home repairs. Look for leaks around the home and clean out gutters so the water can drain properly.

Credit card rewards
Marlena Telvick, PBS

If you're not using a credit card that gives you maximum cash back rewards, you are throwing money away. Whether you prefer to receive cash back or travel rewards, find a card that pays you back. Then make sure you are claiming the rewards.

Unclaimed money
Damian Dovargenes, Associated Press

Whether it's in a savings bond, unclaimed 401k or a forgotten bank account, you may have money waiting for your. It's like finding a 20 dollar bill in your pocket, but even better.

Tools like Treasury Hunt, Missing Money and National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits allow you to discover whether you can claim money that is rightly yours.

Wasted food
Matthew Mead, Associated Press

Plan meals ahead of time to limit how much food goes bad in your fridge. Allowing good food to spoil is like throwing money down the disposal.

Overpaying for smartphone data
Jeff Chiu, Associated Press

Know how much data you actually use on your plan. If you have unlimited data, find out if it's worth it, because 48 percent of people don't even use 300MB of data each month.

It's also important to make sure your phone isn't sneaking data without your knowledge by ensuring Wi-FI is enabled, considering which apps use the most battery power and seeing if they are taking data in the background, and check your bill each month. You also may want to consider using a data monitoring app.

Ignoring easy coupons
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Web browsers can use add-ons to show cheaper price options automatically.

Sites like CamelCamelCamel price-track products you choose and alert you when the price drops.

Invisible Hand, Coupons at Checkout and Honey are some of the add-ons that offer either coupon recommendations or watches for lower prices.

Avoiding negotiations

The average new hire loses $500,000 in the long run because they don't negotiate for a higher salary. Most people don't like negotiating, but a little effort can pay big.

Learn more about how to negotiate a salary in this article.

Falling for tech myths
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Research what you are going to buy before going into a tech store. Some myths like having to buy the newest version of a computer or purchasing a pricey extended warranty are sales tactics to get you to spend more.

Overpaying monthly bills

Companies offer discounts that you may not know about unless you call. Previous discounts can also often be renewed if you take the time to contact the company.

Sites like BillShrink show what bills you could be overpaying.

Trying too hard to save money
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Some frugal tactics, such as skipping a dentist checkup or not rotating your tires, saves money in the short-term but may cost you a lot more in the longrun.

Doing taxes by yourself also might cause you to lost money if you are missing out on big deductions.