The phrase “poor college student” is no joke. Between paying for classes and books and room and board and other essentials, college can really do a number on the ‘ole bank account. When you are tight on cash, usually the last thing on your mind is eating healthy. I mean, eating healthy is expensive compared to the $1 cheeseburger you could eat instead. Actually, eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are a few ways to still eat healthy, even when you are tight on cash.
- Meal prep: This is a big thing now-a-days. Prepping your meals ahead of time saves you money because you aren’t tempted to go out to eat because you already have your meal made! So, have fun making a few healthy meals with your roommates and then pack them up in separate containers to use for lunches and dinners for the rest of the week.
- Use a coupon: I know pulling out a coupon at the store may make you feel toootally uncool, but trust me when I say that I actually think people who use coupons are smart and I want to be like them! Saving money and eating healthy is a great combo. Checking the store ad before heading out to shop helps you see what produce is on sale that week.
- Only buy organic when it is necessary: Eating organic food is an awesome way to avoid pesticides and GMOs, but most of the time organic is considerably more expensive. Buying organic foods that would normally have a high amount of pesticides is the best way to go about it. The foods that normally have high amounts of pesticides are apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, grapes, and blueberries. Focus on buying organic options of these items, and don’t worry about buying organic for your other produce.
Eating healthy and staying on budget doesn’t have to be hard!