Being in college and being broke seems to come together as a pair often.
Ramen noodles and other junk food is the usual meal plan for most college students, but it doesn’t have to be!
Even with an extremely tight budget, you can make way and eat healthy at the same time. Working during college is necessary for certain students, like me. Many students work part time, and others even work full time. Working while being in school can go either way depending on how you use your time.
Working, going to school, and dealing with everything can get pretty difficult at times, but you can possibly work less if you budget your money better.
Below are my tips to stay healthy and frugal in college:
1. Have a Netflix party.
Instead of going out with friends every weekend, start hosting Netflix parties, which are the new thing now. As Netflix is becoming more popular and it seems like everyone is watching it these days, people won’t complain at all staying in on a Friday or Saturday night.
Make healthy snacks for the parties and if you want, create some DIY alcoholic drinks. There are even healthier drinks you can make that don’t contain alcohol at all online.
2. Eat a healthy and cheap breakfast.
Cut out that morning coffee, breakfast bagel, or anything else you get on your way to school in the morning. I know I had the habit of getting something on the way to school every morning before school. I would easily spend $5.
I am still obsessed with Dunkin’ Donuts and although I don’t go their coffee nearly as much anymore, I still buy one every once in awhile. I obviously don’t want to deprive myself. =) They also have Dunkin Donuts coffee grounds at home, so making coffee at home is very easy.
3. Stop ordering food from school.
Meals from school are severely overpriced and they aren’t that good either, depending on which school you go to. My particular college offers $5 chicken breast burgers. At first, I was really excited for this because it’s somewhat healthy. What does this burger come with? It was 2 pieces of white bread and a chicken breast (I think that’s what it was) laid right in the middle. It wasn’t good at all and didn’t look appealing.
All of the other food isn’t that healthy either, and although we have salads, there about $8+. Oh, and you also have to pay for the salad dressings that usually hold about 200 calories in each package. Which leads me to my next tip.
4. Invest in salad containers for on the go.
Also, invest in lunch containers that have 1 larger compartment, and 2 smaller ones. You can pack a healthy, nutrient filled meal for cheap.
Start shopping at smaller grocery stores such as Aldis or Save A Lot. You’ll get a lot more for your buck. There are tons of ways to make yummy meals for about $3-$5 each, even less than that.
Do you partake in any of the things I mentioned above? How do you stay away from being a broke college student?