How college students can save money on food costs

Posted on October 20th, 2016

Food (and of course, beverages) tend to make up a large portion of college students’ budgets.

But given the high cost of college, students don’t always have a lot of money to pay for meals — especially if they’re not on a campus meal plan that’s automatically added to their college bill.

In fact, the high cost of college has even led some schools to open food pantries to help feed hungry students who struggle to afford food.

Budget tips for hungry college students

Since college students have many expenses, saving money on food is a good way to reduce overall college costs.

Campus meal plans can be pretty expensive, but depending on your schedule and living accommodations, at least a small meal plan may be a necessity. In general, we recommend getting the smallest one that works for you and cooking your own food the rest of the time if possible.

The video below from NBC News explains how college students on a budget can save money on food costs without feeling deprived.

It includes plenty of helpful tips, including taking advantage of free food on campus and buying discounted restaurant and grocery store gift cards.

What are best tips for saving money on food and groceries at college? Let us know in the comments below.

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