How to Save Money on Food While in College

by - Thursday, May 30, 2013

College student eating in the midst of other college students

There are many expenses involved in school education and as a matter of fact, students whose parents or financiers are not either financially stable or financially buoyant may have problems when it comes to schooling. 

This is why it is essential to learn how to minimize costs in every way possible. One way to minimize the way you spend is to save money on food while you are in school. Read other practical ways to save money here.

The truth is: everybody is looking for ways to manage and spend wisely even if they had uncountable millions of dollars. For a student, shrewd spending is just as important as studying for exams so as not to start going through dry times when the actual exams are about to begin. 

There are many ways in which money can be managed and spent wisely without you having to suffer much. Saving money on food is one of the most important ways to save. Food is one of the expenses that drain students of money. The true fact is that you have to eat to survive, you have to eat to have brain energy to read, and you have to read to have physical energy for school stress. Learn from these three ways you can save money on food as a student:

 Cook for yourself

This may be very difficult because of the little, expensive time a student has got. I think the issue of you cooking instead of eating out will require both planning and discipline. Plan your cooking time among other things you plan for the day, like your lecture/ reading schedule. It will do a lot to cut your expenses.You will feel more satisfied and full when you cook for yourself.

 Buy food stuff/ ingredients in bulk

After getting your pocket money for probably a month or so, budget your allowance on food. Go to the market to get your food ingredients at a very much cheaper price since you are buying in bulk. Buying in bulk does not mean that you have to buy unnecessary things. Buy things in order of their importance and set your priority right. Try not to buy rubbish, junks or needless things during shopping. 

This is a blog post on how to shop smarter and still save in the process

Eat out only when you have no choice

You may find yourself waking up so late that cooking or even preparing a cup of tea may not be feasible. Yes, sometimes, you have to allow room for flexibility. But caution! Do not go for expensive meals. 

There are some school restaurants that want to exploit students. There are still some out there that give discounts on food for students. Don’t be tempted to go for the expensive ones due to peer pressure, in a bid to show off or because of self entertainment.

You can always have room to eat well and comfortably when you graduate and start working. Do all you can to cut unreasonable expenses out of it for now.

Photo credit: Eat Right

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