How to Eat Healthy On a Budget

College students are known for being on a tight budget and having to make the most of what they have. With that being said, you don’t have to actually eat Ramen noodles for dinner every night (but you still can if you want to). There are plenty of ways to eat healthy while on a budget.

If you’re taking online college courses, you probably don’t live on campus and have access to a student meal plan. That means you’ll have to get creative when it comes to cooking and eating healthy. If you’re living with your parents or other family members, you may be lucky enough to still be able to eat on their dime. If not, you’ll want to find some healthy and affordable ways to eat.

Buy Generic

Generic brands and store brands are usually cheaper and contain the same ingredients as name brands do. You can get the same taste and nutritional value for less money.

Frozen Fruits and Veggies

Eating healthy means including plenty of fruits and vegetables, but produce can be a bit expensive. Frozen fruits and veggies can save you money and many times they only cost about half as much as the fresh variety. They still contain plenty of nutrients and are pre-cut which makes them easy to prepare.

Filtered Water

Instead of buying expensive water bottles, you can save money by purchasing a filtered pitcher and drinking tap water that’s gone through it. For about $8 you can drink 40 gallons of water that tastes good and is safe to drink.


Not many college students read the newspaper, but these days you can find plenty of coupons online and there are even apps for that. When at the grocery store, check for discounted items that are approaching their expiration date. As long as you eat them ASAP you can save lots of money.

Don’t forget that nutrition is an important part of keeping you going for those long study sessions. Being a smart shopper can help you be able to eat healthy on a budget.