Eating nutritiously has a reputation of being expensive. After all, there’s a pretty wide gap between the price extremes of organic food and fast-food combos.
However, eating healthy on a budget is possible. The following tips will show how you can have more than just instant noodles on a limited budget.
Cook for yourself
Cooking is an important skill, and even if you think you are a complete amateur, there are tons of learning resources. Getting advice from friends and family is a great way to start. There are also lots of online blogs and sites that freely provide budget-conscious, nutritious recipes. There are some recipes that are accompanied by video demonstrations, which can be extremely helpful to beginner cooks who are not familiar with cooking terminology.
Buy in bulk
Buying in bulk can be a great way to save on money (and trips to the grocery store), but make sure that you can consume the food before their expiration date. Non-perishables work best, like canned fish, whole grains, and dry pasta. Fruits and vegetables do not last long, unless they are canned or frozen. Keep an eye out for sales – those are great opportunities to stock up.
Visit farmers’ markets
Farmers’ markets are great places to buy fresh and local fruits and vegetables. One of the best things about these markets is that the seller is often the farmer who produced the food you are buying. They are a great resource: you can ask them questions about pesticide use, which fruits and vegetables are in season, what goes well with what. Some universities and colleges will host farmers’ markets on their campus, so look out for those events!
Use discounts and coupons
Grocery stores have different discounted items each week. You can use this to help you plan your meals. If you find a discounted item but don’t know any recipes you could incorporate it into, try searching online. Check with your store to see if they accept student discounts, and take some time before your shopping trip to see if there are any coupons you can use online or in a flyer.