If you want to dedicate time to your food shopping, a good idea to save money is to shop in multiple locations. Farmer’s Markets are usually the best options for fresh fruits and vegetables. Ask locals for tips. Remember that walking to the shopping location will make you burn some extra calories on the way while saving transportation money!
Once you have figured out where to shop, the next step is: plan your shopping.
Each person has their own needs and meal times, so keep in mind that what works for a friend might not work for you. Regardless, establishing a routine for making a big purchase will certainly make your life easier and help you save money while studying abroad.
For lunch you could, for example, buy a big pack of protein, a healthy carbohydrate, like sweet potatoes or brown rice and vegetables. Cook everything and store small portions in your fridge on a daily basis. Benefits of preparing healthy meals ahead include knowing exactly what you are eating and saving money (and calories!), by not eating out everyday.
We know food is a big part of a new culture, but you CAN enjoy your graduate school experience with consciousness and no guilt!
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