If you are eating on a tight budget, there are
a few things that you can focus on without sacrificing your health.
Whether it is using up leftovers to smart pantry stocking -Here are
frugal tips for college.
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Eating Frugally Ideas for College Students
Check your Dorm Kitchen:
Many universities today are apartment-style living quarters that are
well equipped with modern cooking facilities. While such quarters
have well-equipped built-in kitchens, college student's resources
are usually limited. It's totally different when you cook in your
mom's kitchen than on your own.
Always stock up the basics: a plate, silverware, bowls, and
a can opener. If you can access a kitchen, also get a good knife -a
steak knife or even a chef's knife -and a big pot. If you lack bowls
for mixing, you can use a large pot to mix the ingredients.
Keep Cooking Basics on Hand:
Keep some of your favorite foods on hand to avoid late night
fast food visits. Canned products are great -especially canned beans
-as they always works well in microwaves. Supplement the canned
goods with rice and you've got a good meal. Always stock your pantry
with salt and pepper, and other seasonings, such as Cajun mix, to
keep your meals interesting.
Also remember to always stock the basic starches, such as
pastas, rice and even potatoes as they keep for longer time. You can
always make something with these starches plus a few fresh and
canned veggies. It's good to learn to substitute especially if
carrying or getting supplies is a problem. For example, you can
purchase bouillon cubes instead of canned stock.
Shop smartly to save:
Your budget will be tapped out after paying for tuition and
purchasing textbooks. While fast foods might seem cheaper and time
saving, it's more economical and even healthier to prepare your own
meals. Always buy in bulk the items that are on sale especially if
it's something you love eating regularly. A great cost-cutting tip:
even when cooking for yourself, it doesn't mean that you reduce a
recipe for one serving. Make the full recipe and have the
leftovers for lunch the following day or even freeze it for a
Take advantage of coupons alongside sales if possible to
save as much money as you can. You may find generic or store brand
items best for you, so do some math before choosing.
See more grocery
shopping tips here.
Avoid the Freshman Fifteen:
While it might seem easy to eat pizza for every meal and very
tempting to chow down on fries and ice cream, it doesn't mean you
should. You should get some variety in your daily diet.
Ensure your diet includes all the essential nutrients: eat your
vegetables and some fruits to stay healthy.
Avoid wasting food:
Make use of all your leftovers. You can use leftovers for
lunches, for the next dinner, or to create another recipe. For
instance, use leftover meat and veggies with a few new ingredients
to make an excellent casserole or soup. If you can't eat something
you prepared right away, freeze it for later use.
Draw a budget:
Make a reasonable budget for food, and always try to stay
within the set budget. Set aside a few coins on a weekly basis for stocking
your pantry as well. $5 Meal Cookbook
Substitute ground turkey with ground beef
Plan your meals around what is on sale each week
Buy extra of what is on sale to stock up your pantry
Eat less meat each week and add more beans or lentils in your