Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tips to save money and still be healthy on a student budget

I like to eat as healthy as possible but my weekly budget at uni is quite modest, so I've assembled a list of a few tips of things that I do to help me eat well (and be environmentally friendly!) on a budget. As an extra note - I always try to have a 'base layer' of things in the cupboard such as brown rice, wholewheat pasta and lentils that can be added to vegetables and beans to make a meal.

Buy dried rather than canned beans. 

This used to really scare me but once I realised it was cheaper then I was turned - I buy dried beans from Foodshed at the Brighton open market but also Sainsbury's, Asda or Tesco. 

Use farmers markets. 

On Sunday at the Brighton open market one of the veg stalls sells bowls of veg for £1 a bowl, I got 6 courgettes for £1 last Sunday!

Make things in bulk and freeze. 

One of those things that everyone knows is a good idea, but not many people actually do. My favourite things to make in bulk are veggie stews, soups and casseroles. The upside of cooking in bulk and freezing the excess is that you don't have to eat the same thing over and over again, and once you've got a few things on rotation it's a pretty good routine.

Don't be fooled by sell by dates.

This might sound quite gross to some people but I'm serious! As long as you use your common sense most things are fine past their sell by date. If it smells bad, obviously don't eat it - but I've eaten eggs several months past their sell by date and been just fine.

Be vegetarian 90% of the time

You don't have to be a fully committed vegetarian to make vegetables the staple of your diet, but eating less meat is cheaper and healthier. Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather just not eat meat than eat crap cheap battery chicken from Lidl.

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