A College Student’s Guide To Eating On The Cheap
- Buy in bulk: Don’t shop at Mclanahans, rather, shop at Wal-Mart where you can buy larger packages at a discount. It is easy to save the $0.50 that the Vairo CATA bus costs when you shop at Wal-Mart.
- Even better, buy a membership to the Sam’s Club out near Nittany Mall. You can split the cost with your roommates and take a weekly or monthly trip to stock up.
- Buy a rice cooker. Seriously, you put the rice and water in and turn it on and then the rice is done later without any supervision.
- Eat simple. Buying packages of frozen vegetables, rice and beans will give you the essentials of a healthy diet, without the expense of fresh vegetables all the time.
- Spices are the spice of life. Invest in a few packages of spices. My favorites are lemon pepper and a “Mexican spice blend”. These can go on everything and make an otherwise bland meal delicious.
- Avoid eating out. Although a dollar cheeseburger at McDonalds may seem like a deal, that wont be enough food for a meal and you will just end up hungry later on.
- Pregame. Bars are expensive, it is much cheaper to buy your own booze and drink beforehand than it is to go do all your drinking at a bar.
- Make friends with a freshman. While the mandatory meal plan policy is horseshit, it can get you into the dining commons for free as a guest.
Do you have any tips that we missed? Feel free to leave them in the comments below.
6 Responses to “A College Student’s Guide To Eating On The Cheap”
All you can eat pasta on mondays at the corner room. All you can eat burritos on mondays at mad mex.
CATA costs $1.50 not $.50. But you can still save more than that extra $1 by shopping there.
Unless you have more than 2 roommates willing to buy a Sam’s Club membership it’s not worth the $100 just to get in the store. I doubt you can save that much over the course of a year. Mandatory on campus mealplan isn’t “horseshit,” I’d rather pay that money than be that guy in the kitchen every day. Buy Ramen and eggs. Cook them together. It’s not very healthy but you can eat 1000 calories for less than a buck.
Yeah, you are right. I have 7 roommates so the sams club membership makes a lot more sense. Additionally, the mandatory meal plan is one of the more innocuous ways that PSU jacks up the tuition.
You are right, my mistake. It has been a while since I have taken the bus.
Cook your own food, it’s really not hard.
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