A Guide to Spending Little and Living More

We are all careless with our money sometimes. The payroll for this month comes swooping in and suddenly we’ve spent a good half of it on candles, bath salts and all sorts of bits and bobs that we’re never going to be able to use more than 5 times at best. How do you stop though? Read on and find out how to be rich without being rich! 

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Is eating healthy really that expensive? I know some people think that eating healthy is going to break the bank but I promise it doesn’t have to! Yes- if you are buying a bunch of specialty foods, shopping at expensive health foods stores, and being picky about what brands you get then sometimes it can add up! But I am able to afford a healthy diet on a college budget (and let me tell you that is not much!)

My typical grocery list:

Weekly: 

  • Canned Beans (chickpeas, kidney beans, & black beans) - bagged beans are cheap too!
  • Spinach & Kale
  • Bananas (like 3 bunches haha)
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Zucchini
  • Other fruits & veggies
  • Hummus

Monthly: (these are a little bit more pricey but they last me the whole month or longer and are totally worth it!)

  • Brown Rice
  • Oatmeal 
  • Quinoa
  • Frozen Fruit
  • Lemon Juice
  • Peanut Butter (natural)
  • Nuts
  • Craisins
  • Bread (I keep it in the freezer and take some out each week)

I spend around $20-25 every week and then probably an additional $30 when I buy the monthly foods. 

  • I buy store brands and in bulk whenever possible because it is cheaper!
  • I also buy organic beans which are only 90 cents - but you can find normal beans even cheaper! If you go with bagged beans and cook them yourself it will be even cheaper than the cans! I always look for sales as well.
  • Buying fruits & veggies frozen is typically cheaper!
  • Shop at a farmers market for fruits and veggies - you can usually find good deals!

My typical meals:

Breakfast - oatmeal with craisins and a banana

Lunch & dinner - A bean dish with rice or quinoa, a smoothie, or a sandwich with a salad.

Snacks- veggies with hummus, salads, fruits (frozen fruit is amazing!), trail mix, and apples with PB!

Not all healthy foods are cheap but you definitely can find a way to eat healthy on a budget! 

**Make sure to check out the shopping on a budget link below for tips on how to save money at the grocery store!

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