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Eating Healthy on a Budget

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By Jernice Kelley
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Developing and maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult when certain products are expensive. As a college student on a tight budget, it is easy to stick to a bad diet when choosing between health and what’s affordable; or so we think.

In all honesty, there are so many different ways to have fulfilling meals, even on a budget. What’s even better is having left-over money after making our purchases. So how can you save the most money? Well, here are a few places to start:

Delete Food Delivery Apps

Deleting DoorDash and UberEats has been one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my entire time at college. The convenience of being able to order anything I want rather than cooking my meals has cost me so much more. Trust me when I say that this first step will save you the most money.

Plan Your Meal

Being indecisive when it comes to picking what you want for a meal can lead to some expensive purchases.  If you find yourself in this situation, try planning out meals ahead of time. Pick ingredients that can be used multiple times so that you can have variety, but are still able to pocket a few dollars. Also, buying in bulk leaves room for left-overs and extra meals!

No Name Brands

Yes, name brands can be great, but non-name brands can be even better. If you look lower on the shelves at your local supermarket, you will find more affordable goods. Shopping for off-brand products is the best option when it comes to dry-goods.

Buy Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

Sometimes buying fresh produce may not be an option, but frozen fruits and veggies can be just as nutritious. Frozen vegetables are great for those who enjoy meal prepping and are looking for something to last. Buying frozen produce is good because it is typically cheaper.

However, if you do prefer fresh fruits and vegetables, try shopping for products that are in season or on sale.

Eat Before You Shop

I cannot stress enough how important it is to eat before you shop! If you go into a supermarket on an empty stomach, you are more likely to overspend. Not only will you overspend, but you might buy things that are not satisfying or will be gone immediately afterward. Nothing sucks more than bringing home $100 worth of groceries, but it barely fills the fridge and pantry.

Invest in a Slow Cooker

Buying a slow cooker will be the best decision you ever make. Not only will everything you make taste ten times better, but it will play a large role in cutting down costs. For example, buying cheaper cuts of meat usually means that they are a bit tougher, but preparing them in a slow cooker will make them softer. So, with the slow cooker, you get the added benefit of skipping out on overpriced meat.

If you don’t want to buy a slow cooker, replacing meat with other proteins can be a cheaper alternative instead.

There are so many ways to cut costs, but you have to find what works for you. That may include cutting coupons, buying from online retailers, or even starting a mini garden. Knowing which markets near you are the most affordable helps as well!

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