College Food on a Budget

Written by featured coach, Leah Worthington

I’m sure we’ve all heard that when you go to college, you’d better stock up on Ramen. College is expensive, and Ramen noodles sometimes are the easiest and cheapest way to make it through.

But are there ways to eat healthy and not break the bank? Absolutely!

  • Start in the produce aisle - Normally there are some great deals on produce and these will be the staples for healthy meals. Start with a healthy foundation and then move through the rest of the store.
  • Download money saving apps - There are some great apps out there that give you cashback in the form of giftcards or paypal cash. Using a simple app can help you with having spending cash later on! Ibotta is my all time favorite, as it can be used at different stores. Savings Star is another good option.

  • Use a crockpot or Instant Pot - These are great for dorm style living! They help you create nourishing meals without the typical kitchen set up that you may be used to. While there is an initial cost to buying one, they save money in the long run with how many budget friendly meals can be made in them.

  • Create a sample menu - One way is to think through this by categories. What are all your go to soup ideas? Salad ideas? Sandwich ideas? The more categories you have planned out that fit within your budget and lifestyle, the easier shopping will be.

  • Don’t be afraid to think outside the store - Can you grow some herbs in your window sill? Are your farmer’s markets cheaper than the grocery store? Each area of the country is different, so don’t be afraid to explore and see!

These are just a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing. What ideas do you have for keeping to that budget while staying healthy?

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Leah Worthington loves partnering with clients to see their dreams come to life. She has coached more than 300 students on that journey. Leah lives in CA, where she enjoys outdoor adventures, good books, and spending time with her two munchkins.