You don’t have to starve: Collegiate eating for $30 a week!

If a college student understands anything, it would be that eating cheaply is a challenge. As a rising senior at a university and an avid writer, it has taken me a while to get into a routine of eating healthily while not breaking the bank. Here, I’ve written a couple samples of my grocery lists that keep me spending around $30 a week without having a rumbly tummy.  

(Note: I base all my pricing estimates on my experience shopping at Wal-Mart).

Week 1

Granola bars

*Pasta Salad

     Bowtie pasta
     Chopped bacon
     Fresh spinach
     Cherry tomatoes
     Italian dressing
Piece of whole fruit


     Sliced turkey
     Sliced cheese (optional—I’m lactose intolerant)
*Steamed vegetables  

* I make enough pasta salad on Sunday to last me through the week. This typically consists on one box of pasta, 8 pieces of bacon chopped, 2 cups of spinach, 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (halves), and dressing to taste.
* I love the Birds Eye brand. You pick up a bag of “steamable” veggies and it can be used as a side for two meals. I usually pick up about 2-3 bags of these bad boys.

 Week 2

*Kind Breakfast Bars

Pita Pockets

     stuffed with:
          chopped bell peppers
          ½ grilled chicken breast
          Greek dressing
          Chopped lettuce
Piece of whole fruit

Seared tilapia

“Steamable” veggies

*My favorite Kind breakfast bar flavor is Blueberry Almond (yum!).
*I’ve noticed that when I have a piece of toast on the side after I finish my meal, I feel full longer, and I do not crave things like chips and cookies later in the evening.

If you need smaller snacks throughout the day, I recommend getting a container of almonds or cashews because ¼ cup a day can last you a couple of weeks.

Not a nut person? No worries! Munch on some pretzels! They give you that salty flavor you crave without consuming the fats of potato chips.

I hope this helps you and your efforts to maintaining your budget without feeling like you have to go hungry! Good luck, precious people!


Taylor M. Harrison is a current college student and creator of the blog “Journeying Through Drafts.” Her blog documents the process of writing, editing, and publishing her first novel! You can check out Taylor on her blog

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