As a student, I am always on the hunt for a good bargain. Throughout the years, I feel like I have gained a few tips and tricks on how to eat on a budget.
1. Plan your meals. This can save you a lot of time, and whilst I’m still perfecting this tip, I have noticed that if you shop with this in the mind, you are less likely to go overboard on what you buy.
2. Go frozen. This is a little bit obscure, and if you go through fresh food faster, then by all means, stick with that. However, I have recently done some food shopping and buying your vegetables frozen turns out to be substantially cheaper than buying fresh. Also, the food you buy is usually frozen at its freshest point, which means that when you do use it, you’ll be effectively cooking with fresh ingredients. Another benefit of buying frozen is that you are less likely to waste food. Being able to lift out what you need and store the rest knowing you don’t have to rush to use it really helps!
3. Be healthy. This is an easy one, but at the same time, probably one of the hardest. I know that being a student means that quick fix meals that taste delicious are the obvious choice, but more often than not have barely any nutritional value. Vegetables are so cheap nowadays, it would be stupid not to take advantage of the offer. Just making small changes in your diet will not only do you lots of good in the long run, but will also make you feel good in the short term.
4. Bulk it out. Meal preparation can be one of the best time saving tips I can suggest here. Preparing your meals for the week will save you lots of time when you can’t be bothered cooking after a long day, and will be so much healthier on your body and bank account than a takeaway. Yes, it might take some time to do this, but even if you set out a Sunday afternoon to do this, you will thank yourself afterwards.
5. Get online. This is another tip that can easily go under the radar as it is sometimes simpler to just pop into the shop down the street, but online shopping can really help keep you organised and save you time when food shopping. Writing a list and doing your online shop not only saves you the hassle of carrying your bags but can also saves you some money. I know myself that if I go into a shop to buy food, I am always tempted by offers that I don’t need, and end up way over my budget. But by going online, I am less tempted to indulge in items that aren’t necessary.
6. Sharing is caring. If you live with a flatmate (or many), splitting the cost of cleaning products, and basics such as milk and bread can be a great way to save money and space. Also, if you aren’t as social, it’s a great way to get to know your flatmates, because lets face it, who doesn’t love talking about food!
So there it is, some tips to hopefully get you on your way to being a savvy shopper and creating some delicious meals that your body will thank you for!
What are your tips for food shopping on a budget?
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