Money Saving Ideas for Foodies on a College Student Budget

Piggy savings bank by alancleaver_2000.

You don’t have to be a college student to be on a strict budget. These days, it seems that everyone is short of cash or worried about losing their job. I came across a very impressive list of 100 great money saving Blog Posts for Foodies on a College Budget. The list is prefaced by:

“If you’re a foodie, you probably want to experiment with buying your own food instead of relying on the stuff your cafeteria serves up. Follow these bloggers’ tips to take advantage of fresh groceries and farmer’s market finds without giving up on your budget.”

I found it only slightly amusing that not one of these 100 wallet-friendly food posts focused on ways to transport the lovely meals you’d save money by making, but since you’ve come to my blog, I guess you’ll know (if you haven’t already) that you need look no further than my EasyLunchbox System for an updated, affordable, and eco-friendly alternative to the ubiquitous brown bag.

This extensive and truly helpful list was compiled by Accredited Online Colleges. Their blog is filled with many other topics and this is only a smattering of their offerings:

  • 100 Best iPhone Apps for Business Students
  • 100 Personal Finance Tools for Your Post-College Life
  • 100 Amazing Memory Hacks to Maximize Your Brain
  • 50 Fascinating Lectures on the Future of the Planet

Oops!  I digress from the topic of foodies saving money…you’ll have to read the post yourself, but here’s a taste of what you’ll find:

  1. 10 Ways to Save Money on Food Shopping: Get tips on planning ahead and realize that “healthy food is cheaper food” after reading this post.
  2. Localvore – Eat Local Foods and Save Money: This blogger compares the price of fresh blueberries with frozen blueberries.
  3. 27 Ways to Save Money on Food: The Frugal Law Student recommends designing specific menus for the week, buying a rice cooker, and buying in bulk whenever possible.
  4. The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to the Farmers’ Market: Buy arriving late for the best deals and cultivating relationships with farmers, you can still enjoy your farmer’s market trips without overspending.
  5. 32 Ways to Save on Groceries without Starving: Learn which items to buy in bulk and why you should use cash for groceries.
  6. The Clean 15: Foods You Don’t Have to Buy Organic: Even if you’re a real foodie, you don’t have to buy all organic food: here are 15 foods that don’t have as many pesticides and cost less.

Packing a lunch is obviously the more frugal way to eat on-the-go, but you need the right tools! Maybe they only like even numbers, but I think next year’s list of 100 money saving ideas for foodies could be stretched to include one more -The Best Bento Lunch Boxes for Kids and Adults.  That would be 101. Words are free, so what’s a few more if it will help stretch your dollar?