You Can Still Eat Healthy On A Budget


Not every college student wants to “feast” regularly on campus food, choosing to forgo dining hall grub in favor of other culinary delights. Pizza and beer seem to be the two food groups for some college students, but if you are looking for a much more healthful lifestyle, then healthy eating is the way to go even on a budget.

Food costs have risen dramatically over the past year as fuel prices have surged. Getting food from far flung places to your local grocer has gotten to be an expensive proposition. If you know where to look and how to shop you can easily trim ten, twenty even thirty percent off of your weekly food bill and still have a healthy, balanced diet. Read on and we’ll explore your food shopping options.

If you visit a supermarket, you must get a customer card as that will allow you to automatically qualify for weekly discounts via clip-less coupons. Manufacturer coupons can lower your costs, but even shopping and stocking up on weekly specials can bring strong savings your way. Consider generic or store brands as options.

Food cooperatives are gaining in popularity and will often feature seasonal fruits and vegetables grown locally. If you are in a warmer climate, the extended growing season will mean that you will have access to berries, oranges, corn, greens and other products for a longer period of time. Some will be labeled as organic — pricier, but perhaps better for you.

Your local Farmer’s Market can be a great place to find the freshest food, some of which which was picked just that morning. If you have roommates, consider shopping and cooking together from time to time to share farm bought foods.

Bread stores will often slash day old bread by as much as 50%, a great way to get some carbs without going broke. Some bread retailers have their own outlet stores, providing overages of fresh bread at the discount level.

If shopping for vitamins or healthcare items, most big box retailers will have the lowest prices. However, your pharmacy store chain will have weekly specials of many of the items you need, but just don’t buy their overpriced groceries!

Finally, If you like particular items such as tuna, juices, coffee, etc., consider joining a nearby warehouse club for some of the best savings. You can divide larger packaged items up into smaller packages to get the same benefits, but at a lower price. Annual membership fees average $45, but you can recoup that money within a few visits.

Healthy eating for the college student doesn’t mean a budget-busting trip to the high end organic store, rather exploring local options that can give you good food at reasonable prices.


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