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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Students Guide To Eating Healthy On A Budget


Starting the new school year can be exciting, but not for your wallet! Students tend to spend every dollar they have towards tuition, books, supplies, and accommodations. That means there isn't much money left over for eating well. You're probably thinking you'll get buy on microwave dinners, canned goods and anything else cheap. Unfortunately, eating healthy plays an important part in your well-being. So cutting corners when it comes to dinner isn't the best option. Instead, try looking for ways to eat healthy, while staying budget-conscious.

Frozen vegetables.

When you find a really good deal, buy up a few things and freeze them for use at a later date. You can do this with a variety of vegetables, which can help keep your costs down. You can buy vegetables that are in season and freeze them for consumption after the season. This way, you won't have to pay more for out of season vegetables. If you usually buy your vegetables frozen & bagged, use a steam cooker instead of the stove-top method. This will help to maintain nutrients and the taste, plus it's fairly inexpensive.

Shop the sales.

ALWAYS look for the best deals. Collect flyers and compare the prices of what you need. Buy from the place your food is cheapest. Look online, too. You can almost always find printable coupons that you can present in the store. You can often just download these coupons to your phone and show them to the cashier. If you find a store that offers Price Match like Walmart, you can save money too. You'll be able to get the cheapest prices from one location. Pay attention to items that require purchasing more than one. Also, make sure to only stock up on non-perishable goods. You can stock up on meat and freezable vegetables as well, but follow the next tip:

Date your perishable goods.

By writing the date on perishable goods, you'll be able to prevent the waste of food. This will help you to keep track of the date something was opened so you can gauge when it's going to go bad. This is really helpful for milk, eggs, and other perishable goods. You can also add the date to frozen goods (like meat and vegetables) so you know when they are going to get freezer burnt. You'll also want to apply the first in, first out rule that restaurants use. When you're stocking up goods, you want to make sure the oldest stuff gets eaten first.

Plan your meals.

It's fine to buy up a bunch of food when it's on sale. But when you're shopping at regular prices, you need to carefully plan your meal. You'll need to know what ingredients you need for certain dishes. You'll want to find out the cheapest way to get those ingredients. For instance Fresh spices are always the best, but you can easily get away with packaged spices to save money. Your wallet will thank you for carefully considering everything you need at the lowest prices available. This might include trips to bulk stores for items like sugar, flour, etc.

Stay organized.

Along with dating your goods, you need to keep your food organized. This will allow you to have a better idea of what you have or don't have. This can prevent you from buying stuff you don't need, while helping you to keep track of what you're missing. You can do this with a legend, writing down everything you have. Or you can do this with a phone app. There are many that allow you to keep track of what you have in the fridgefreezerpantry. Just make sure you're consistently updating the app. This way, you can check from the grocery store to see what you're missing at home.

Download apps.

Along with applications to help you stay organized, there are others that can be helpful. Epicurious, Whole Foods Market, and CookBrite all let you search recipes, then check off the ingredients you have. Then they create a grocery list of everything you're missing. This will help you to stay organized and know your options. You'll be able to find all kinds of recipes that are easy to make and inexpensive.

There's no reason you should have to compromise your health for your wallet. If you want more amazing tips, Frugal and Thriving has many budget-conscious solutions! Take advantage of their recipes and budgeting resources.