My name is Kevin Watts and like millions of people I am in student debt. I have created Graduating From Debt this site in order to help people, as well myself get out of debt, gain financial freedom and ultimately make money work for you.
You have to eat, and you have to eat well to feed your brain so that you can learn. Learning is what you go to college for, and it has been known to happen that some people graduate as pale skeletal forms of their previous selves, but this is unnecessary. The opposite of this is constantly munching, commonly on junk food. Junk food is bad for both your health and your finances. There are ways to eat cheaply and well while in school. Here are some ideas for easy and economic snacks and meals as well as some advice about expensive things to avoid.
1. Make your own food: You might not cook as well as your mom, but your mom probably does not have as tight of a grocery budget as you do now that you are in college. Stay away from the fast food joints, and make use of the internet to find quick, easy, cheap meals to make. You can cook your own steak for the price you pay for a fast food burger. Stay away from packaged snack food too. It usually has a high price tag and offers very little nutritional value. Figure out the difference between hunger and boredom if you really want to slash your snacks bill.
2. Bananas: A banana is a small meal in itself. It is all nicely packaged and easily portable. You do not need to cook it, and you do not even need to refrigerate it. Bananas have lots of potassium. They also have fiber, vitamin B-6, and vitamin C (so that you do not get scurvy like the students who live on K.D.).
3. Peanut Butter: This is one you might want to keep in your dorm. So many people have serious nut allergies these days, but peanut butter is one of the easiest ways to get protein into your diet. As well as protein, one peanut butter and banana sandwich can give you almost all the potassium you need for the day.
4. Eggs: Many students buy small fridges to keep in their dorm rooms. Eggs are definitely one of the top things to keep in one of those fridges. A hard-boiled egg is an instant meal. Boil up a dozen at a time and they are good to go for whenever you need some quick brain food. You can get egg cookers, if you do not want to boil the eggs, or little holders so that you can microwave them. Already hard-boiled eggs are often available at the grocery store as well but are much pricier. One egg has 13 grams of protein; they also contain iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin B-12.
5. Canned tuna: Anything canned is ideal. It is easy to store, lasts nearly forever, and you can eat it right out of the can. Stock up when you find it on sale. Canned tuna, or any canned fish, can be spread on crackers, mixed with pasta for a pasta salad, or made into a sandwich. Tuna is packed with vitamin A, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, and magnesium.
6. Crisp bread: Crackers are yummy and easy, but they are not generally super healthy. Crisp bread is a healthier option. Carbohydrates are an important energy source, and bread is a great source of carbs, but it goes bad fairly quickly. Crisp bread is the best of both worlds; it keeps as well as crackers but is a healthier option. It is also a great platform for peanut butter and banana, smashed up hard-boiled eggs, and tuna.
7. Drink water: Staying away from juice and pop will save you so much money! You probably spend enough on coffee and beer already, drinking water the rest of the time will do the best job of hydrating you and will be the friendliest to your budget. Of course, bottled water often costs as much or more than pop and juice; so invest in a re-usable bottle to carry with you, and fill it up whenever you can do so for free.
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