Eating on a Budget

  1. Plan your meals at the beginning of the week. Make a list of foods that you want to buy before going to the grocery store to avoid impulse buys and to ensure that your meals will be healthy and within your budget.
  2. Avoid eating out and ordering in. Although it can be cheap and convenient, most options at fast-food restaurants are high in saturated fat, salt, and sugar. Making your meals allows you to make sure that you're eating healthy.
  3. Look for generic brands. Our eyes always go directly to the name brand foods. However, the ingredients in generic brands are usually very similar to the brand name versions and they are much more affordable!
  4. Make prepackaged snacks. When you're running from class to class, it may be difficult to stop back home for a snack. Instead of heading straight to the vending machine and grabbing an unhealthy bag of chips, pack some healthy snacks ahead of time, like raisins or carrots. Avoid spending money on snacks and eat healthier options. Look at the label on the container of the snacks you bought and make your own prepackaged portions sizes, so you don't over-eat!
  5. Investigate coupons. Look online or in your local newspaper for any coupons for your grocery store. Save as much money as possible, anyway that you can!
  6. Try frozen fruits and veggies. Frozen fruits and vegetables are usually just as healthy and tasty as normal fruits and veggies, and they are typically less expensive. Make sure to check the nutritional to make sure there is no added sugar or salt and save some extra money!
  7. Eat before you go shopping. It is never good to shop when you're hungry. Avoid over shopping to avoid buying on an impulse to feed you current hunger.
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