Being strapped for cash doesn’t mean you have to eat unhealthy food – eating well doesn’t have to be expensive! Below, my seven tips for nourishing your body when you don’t have lot of to spend (not just for students!):

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  1. Buy seasonal produce. Local, in-season fruits and vegetables are much cheaper than imports, since you’re not paying for flights and other shipping costs.
  2. Shop at local markets. Fruit and vegetables are often cheaper at local markets than they are at organic supermarkets.
  3. Freeze produce. At farmers’ markets, you can often get large quantities for low prices. So if you pick up 1 kg of kale in the winter, eat what you need and freeze the rest.
  4. Keep track of what you already have. Check your fridge and pantry before you go shopping! I’ve often thought that I’ve run out of a certain item, only to find it’s hiding somewhere. :-)
  5. Plan out your meals. “Meal Prep” has grown into a major trend – and rightfully so. Whether you precook for an entire week in advance, or simply create a weekly plan and cook-as-you-go, one thing is for sure: planning saves time and money.
  6. Make a shopping list. Write out everything you need and stick to it. Also, don’t shop when hungry – in this vulnerable state, you’re much more likely to buy more than you need!
  7. Cook for yourself. Eating out can get expensive. If you make your own food, you’ll not only know 100% what’s in it, but you’ll also save money. 

Got any other tips? Let us know in the comments! :-)

 

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