Eating on a budget doesn’t mean eating cheap fast food! It can be bad for your body and health. If you’re a student living alone, you know that it’s easy to fall into a trap of buying fast food when you’re hungry. But it’s not hard to eat regular, affordable, healthy meals! Putting a little extra effort into what you eat goes a long way.
Plan to Eat Well! A Few Tips.
You need to plan ahead to eat well. A few ways to do this:
- Set aside a certain amount of money for food every month.
- Write grocery lists and think about the meals you are going to make – and stick with the list!
- Keep an eye out for food flyers, informing you of sales at your local grocery store.
- Visit a food bank. Food banks can help you if you have a low income. Find out more about food banks here.
- Order food boxes from a local gardening co-op or non-profit garden that distributes fruits and vegetables.
- If you live in Toronto, you can order fruits and vegetables from FoodShare. FoodShare is a non-profit garden that provides cheap and healthy locally-grown fruits and vegetables. They can arrange a time and place for you to pay and pick up your “box” of food.
- If you live outside Toronto, you can ask if these services exist in your city or town at a farmers market, or at a food bank near you.
Things to Remember While Shopping
- Buy fruits and vegetables when they are in-season, they will be cheaper. Find out when certain foods are in-season here.
- Grow your own vegetables.
- Buy dry foods in bulk, such as pasta, rice, etc.
- Frozen vegetables are cheaper than fresh vegetables, and have the same nutritional value. Same thing goes for fish.
- Meat alternatives, like lentils, peanut butter, and tofu, cost a lot less than meat and have lots of protein in them too!