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This post is supposed to be a blog post about eating healthy, but I’ve got a confession to make! Okay, Y’all….. I might have a problem….. I need help. I’m addicted to…… HONEY BUNS! Ah. There I said it, I like honey buns and I can not lie. But I have gotten A LOT better, trust me. Back when I was living in Louisiana and going to college there, I would get 1… sometimes 2.. honey buns a DAY. A day! It was so convenient though, there’s a vending machine filled with honey buns (and other stuff too but I had my eyes on the prize) in EVERY building. I think Florida must secretly have everyone on a diet. There’s only like two vending machines on the whole campus of my college and only one of them even has any honey buns. Like what?! That’s good news for my waistline and my wallet but sad news for my honey bun loving heart.
That’s a prime example of how NOT to eat healthy in college. Now I bring a FiberOne granola bar and fruit and veggies to eat on campus. It doesn’t taste nearly as good as a honey bun, but it is way healthier. And cheaper too.
Let’s do some budget math real quick.
$1.35 for a honey bun x 1 honey bun a day x 3 days on campus a week = $4.05 a week on honey buns. For a 16 week semester, that’s almost $65 right there.
$65 is not a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, but it could be used to pay for….
- 6 months of Netflix
- 13 months of Spotify + Hulu + Showtime (Student Discount)
- A year of Amazon Prime (student discount), after your free 6-month trial runs out.
So that $4 a week can really add up to a whole lot more than just honey buns.
Here are four easy ways to eat healthy while on a college budget!
1. Shop The Perimeter of the Store
Avoid processed food like there’s a rattlesnake chasing you! Not only is it not healthy for you in general, but it ends up being more expensive in the long run. If you can’t afford (or just don’t want to deal with) fresh fruits and vegetables, you can totally buy frozen instead. Also, if you live near a Sam’s or a Costco, split the cost of a membership with a friend or hop on your family’s membership if they’ve got one. You can buy certain things, like meat or produce or dry goods, in bulk and save money…. Just NOT honey buns, okay?!
2. Get Your Rainbow On
Eat the colors of the rainbow. Except for Lima beans because EW. Unless you actually like them, in that case, WHAT?! Seriously though, put some variety in your diet. Your body will thank you for that.
3. Shop Your Pantry First Then The Sales Ads
First thing before you go to the store, check what you have in your fridge and your pantry. Also would help to make sure it’s in date….. made that mistake before and trust me, it’s not a fun one. Then get out your weekly sales ads and go window shopping first. Then after you’ve created a list of the best deals and eaten a good meal, you go to the store and get your goods.
4. Don’t Deprive Yourself
If you want a honey bun, have a damn honey bun! Just every once in a while, like once a month, not every day. If you deprive yourself of the foods (or drinks) that make you happy, odds are, you aren’t going to stay happy for long.
Eating healthy is not very hard or expensive to do, but choosing to eat healthily can be challenging. Especially when there are so many tempting foods staring you in the face.
What are your favorite healthy snacks? Do you have any skinny versions of your favorite foods? Most importantly, what’s your food guilty pleasure?