Everyone always tells me: eating healthy is impossible on a budget!
I am very blessed to have never been hungry and to always have food on the table when I need it. As a college student, though, I am always looking for ways to eat healthy on a budget. I took part in the SNAP Hunger Challenge to see if I could survive off of $4.50 a day, $31.50 a week, and here’s what I ate:
Was it easy?
It really wasn’t that bad, but I only did the challenge for a week. Eating out would be almost impossible on this budget; and while I don’t eat out at restaurants too often, I do like the occasional treat. One dinner and a drink at some of my favorite restaurants would practically blow the whole week’s budget (or at least half). However, it is definitely do-able to eat healthy on about $30 a week. I applaud all those who make it work.
What did I find?
- I ate a lot of the same meals and food items. I do this a lot anyway, but there were certain items I found that worked with the budget better. Foods like bananas, oats, rice, beans, peanut butter, eggs, and potatoes were consumed a lot.
- Meat is expensive. Even chicken, a relatively cheaper meat compared to seafood and beef, was expense because it was approximately half a days food cost. Protein like eggs, beans, and sliced meats were cheaper.
- I snacked less. Usually I am a huge snacker/grazer. I like to eat lots of snacks throughout the day, even if I probably don’t need them. This allowed me to cut way back on my snacking habits because my budget didn’t allow for the extra foods.
- I avoided certain expensive foods. Like meat, foods that I usually consume like chia, protein powders, dried fruit, and gluten free crackers were too expensive to include on this budget. However, kale and canned pumpkin are awesome inexpensive superfoods to include on a budget! They provide lots of vitamins and antioxidants.
- Foods from scratch are (usually) always less expensive. Making your own pancake mix, using dried beans, and cooking meals instead of buying them pre-made is definitely less expensive.
While I may not try to eat under $30 a week every week, I am always looking for new ways to save on my monthly budget. Groupon Coupons is a new online shopping tool I’ve been using to make purchases with. There are thousands of stores listed nationwide that gives free coupons to use-how great is that?
I love shopping on Vitacost because of all the great healthy foods and beauty products I buy, and Groupon Coupons currently has 35 coupons ready to use! Like this coupon for $30 off an order! I also like ordering in bulk from Amazon and Costco when there are good coupons to those stores. Lastly, Athleta is one of my favorite stores for cute workout clothes, but a bit out of my budget without a good discount.
What are some of your favorite ways to save money on groceries? Any tips or recipes?
Maybe try the SNAP challenge to see if you could survey off of $30 a week!
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