Being a full-time college student is already hard enough, on top of that I work 2 jobs and I babysit on the side for extra cash flow.
My budget is extremely tight and I try not to spend any money at all unless absolutely necessary. I try to spend less than $60 bucks a week for myself not including going out to any restaurants (which I rarely do at all since I moved to Chicago).
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I’ve actually gone to only one restaurant since I moved to Chicago and that was only to pick up some Korean food! Haha. I am saving a ton of money. I also barely have any friends here yet so it makes it hard to spend money. I am definitely not complaining about that haha.
I save money on groceries by going to stores like Aldis. I save a TON of money going to smaller stores and also stores that don’t supply their own bags. I rarely use coupons but I am trying to start using them more (any tips on couponing would be much appreciated).
Each day I like to eat about 5 meals. 3 main meals and 2 snacks. There are days when I only eat 3-4 and that’s when I am usually really busy and I forget to eat.
I highly recommend checking out the 14-Day Lean Clean meal plan if you are trying to lose weight or get healthier. The book is filled with tons of useful information (over 200 pages worth!). I am using this meal plan to hit my health and fitness goals.
On a regular day, this is what I eat:
I either eat 2 eggs plus a turkey burger or a bowl of cereal. I know cereal isn’t the healthiest option but I try to pick a cereal that is low in sugar. I like to eat my cereal with almond milk.
Eating breakfast is very important. It can pretty much make or break or day!
Banana or some kind of fruit. Some days I eat carrots with hummus. It’s better to eat fruit earlier in the day so it can digest. I also make sure to not eat TOO much fruit as it is filled with sugar.
My lunch usually consists of a protein like chicken or a turkey burger. I have a side of sweet potato or some other type of vegetables with it as well.
Above are some examples of past lunches I have made for myself. It’s a good amount of food and very delicious!
I usually eat cottage cheese or some greek yogurt around this time. It fills me up and holds me over until dinner.
For dinner, I like to eat some veggies with chicken or some kind of yummy wrap. My lunch and dinner is usually the same sort of meal but I need to work on mixing things up more. I wish I had the patience and creativity to make fancier meals.
My random tips.
Instead of going out to eat during the weekends, why not cook a fancy meal at home? There are so many ways to find awesome recipes online through Google and Instagram plus other blogs as well. I look at new recipes daily but never seek to actually make them… New goal for September!
And always remember to eat protein at every meal. It keeps you filled up and you aren’t constantly snacking.
Also, a lot of people say gum is bad for you for 34958 reasons. In my opinion, if it keeps you full from snacking on other kinds of bad candy, then why not munch on it? It works to psychically chomp on something and replaces eating.
How do you save money on groceries? Feel free to share any tips/advice.
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