Cooking On A College Senior Budget

March 14, 2012

Senior year can be a stressful one. Not just because you need an A- or higher in a certain class to graduate or need to start putting your resume out, but also financially. No doubt, of all the years, senior year is probably the most expensive (possibly even more than freshmen year). There’s the cost of graduation invitations, graduation stoles, graduation parties, relocation/moving, new security deposits, etc. And this isn’t even factoring in the cost of going out and drinks and food.

That said, there are a few tips on how to save money when cooking in, and prepping lunch. For me personally, it’s always been about enjoying food when with friends and family, but when I’m eating a meal by myself, I’ll try to always eat the most healthy and frugal meal possible. Lifehacker recently featured a great article titled “Save Money on Groceries By Cooking Like a Peasant” that any graduating senior should check out. This no doubt will come in handy this year and next when you move home/out on your own.

A few of the tips “Rice, eggs, and veggies are the inexpensive ingredients. Stock up on those items (beans too) and some other staples (like bacon, extra-virgin olive oil, and some salty extras) and you can whip up a tasty meal and have more money in the bank.”

I couldn’t agree with them more, especially on the beans and veggies part, especially if you’re trying to cut carbs you’ll realize that buying dried beans are both inexpensive and packed with protein and nutrition.

What are your budget shaving tips? Do share with us!

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