Student Savings Tips, Part 1 (Brain Food Edition): 100 Awesome Resources for Eating Healthy On a Budget

Vegetables We all know how the story goes. Someone proclaims, “I’ll start to eat healthy on Monday!” Come Monday the same person decides “Tuesday makes more sense to start! I have a huge exam tomorrow and I’m way too busy to start today. ” Unfortunately this story is all too familiar for college students, even if they have the best intentions. Students are busy and eating healthy on a regular basis takes planning, discipline and usually, some cash. It’s no wonder that eating healthy foods on a consistent basis is so challenging for most students. Browse the following blog posts for excellent tips (and recipes!) on how to beat the bulge without compromising cash! Many of them emphasize eating well, frugal living, and/or personal finance and have plenty to say on a wide variety of related topics of interest to those who want to eat healthy on a very tight budget and a very busy schedule.

  1. “Healthy Food on an Unhealthy Budget” at Get Rich Slowly: Targeting college students, this posting at Get Rich Slowly has plenty to offer the financially strapped, with suggestions as well as handy links to relevant Metafilter conversations.
  2. “Eating Healthy On A Budget” at catherine-morgan.com: Nurse and blogger Catherine Morgan looks into some of the sociological elements of poor eating habits and how to improve them without breaking the bank.
  3. “Healthy Eating On A Budget” at Dr. Mommy Health Tips: Keep these sensible health tips in mind when grocery shopping, packing lunches, or planning meals to save money without sacrificing quality.
  4. “8 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget” at BodySense Blog: Oddly enough, the BodySense Blog only posts 4 out of the titular 8 tips. Either way, though, they still remain effective strategies to consider.
  5. “65 Cheap, Healthy, One-Dish Meals with Good Leftover Potential” at Cheap Healthy Good: The entire Cheap Healthy Good blog stands as an extremely valuable resource for diners on a dime, but this particular article takes economy to a whole new level by purposely allowing for leftovers.
  6. “Plotting the Plot” at 30 Bucks a Week: The entire point of 30 Buck a Week proves that 2 people can eat healthy without spending too much money, and learning how to plant vegetables and herbs only adds to the savings.
  7. “10 Healthy Foods that won’t Break the Bank” at Naturally Earth Friendly: Pop some of these money-saving health foods on a shopping list for a happier, more wholesome peace of mind.
  8. “Hey Bartender!” at BrokeAss Gourmet: Even the budget-strapped can throw a party with healthy foods and partake of alcoholic beverages (such as antioxidant-ridden wine) if they know how to shop properly. Be sure to check out the recipes at BrokeAss Gourmet as well!
  9. “Beans, Beans, Good for Your Dwindling Savings” at A Good American Wife: Enjoy this recipe for a fabulous, protein-packed meal full of vegetables, legumes, and low-sodium broth that will not cause a cash hemorrhage.
  10. “How to Feed Your Family Well on Less” at Student Mum: Be sure to involve spouses and kids in the meal and snack planning process to help bring the family together and teach valuable lessons on budgeting.
  11. “Healthy, frugal eating” at Wise Bread: Philip Brewer’s excellent, comprehensive article offers up some great advice for the cash-strapped concerned about only being able to afford fats and carbohydrates.
  12. “Is Eating Healthy Budget Friendly Or A Wallet Buster?” at The Great Walls of Baltimore: Sometimes, buying healthy foods for a large family seems expensive at first, but there are ways to cut some corners without pumping kids full of too many problematic substances.
  13. “The ‘It’s Too Expensive to Eat Healthy Food’ Debate” at Casual Kitchen: Read about many of the myths surrounding health food and its overall cost with this handy little blog post.
  14. “Feeding Your Family for Less” at Parent Traps: With these common sense tips, parents hoping to ensure a healthy diet for children can learn how to purchase the necessary foods without breaking the bank.
  15. “Save Money on Healthy Organic Foods” at nature moms blog: Families and individuals wanting to stay both healthy and organic would do well to stick with the advice found at nature moms blog.
  16. “Low Calorie Food and Long Term Costs” at The Simple Dollar: High-calorie, heavily processed foods may cost very little initially, but over time the amount of money that goes into medical care definitely makes spending money on fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy eats a worthy investment.
  17. “Food Budget Issues” at Mrs. W’s Kitchen: Mrs. W’s Kitchen offers up an incredibly concise blog post dishing out some excellent, workable advice suitable for the cash-strapped concerned about poor dietary intake.
  18. “Untitled” at Frugal Upstate: Jenn Fowler answers a reader question regarding the use of price books and other money-saving measures when grocery shopping. Not every tip relates directly to eating healthy, though many of the comments certainly do!
  19. “A Frugal Healthy Grocery Budget” at gluten free Mommy: In spite of the blog’s title, even those without special dietary needs can benefit from reading this excellent post on keeping meals and wallets happy and healthy. Anyone with gluten allergies or sensitivities should pay particularly close attention, however.
  20. “How to Grow Herbs Indoors” at Chow: Setting up an indoor herb garden may not necessarily be the easiest technique to save money at the grocery store out there, but the extra effort is worth it for budgeted home chefs in the long run.
  21. “Family Finance: How to Save Money on Groceries” at BlogHer: Alanna Kellogg’s common sense tips may veer in a somewhat broad direction, but she still steers her readers down a healthier path.
  22. “The Pasta Queen on eating healthy on a budget” at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet: A straightforward guest post by Jennette Fulda provides some great, level-headed advice for healthy meals that will not dig too far into a bank account.
  23. “Ten Ways to Feed Ten People for Less Than $20” at The Kitchn: Whether a member of a huge family or throwing a party, the home chef gets peace of mind knowing that there are healthy meals out there that will feed a crowd and not cost a pretty penny.
  24. “High Price For Healthy Food” at Mommy Points: Many studies do show that eating healthy does cost more in the short run, and anyone drawing up a food budget would do well to understand the whats and whys behind this very unfortunate phenomenon.
  25. “Losing Weight on a Budget” at $5 Dinners.com: Not everyone who wants to eat healthy is motivated by the desire or need to lose weight, of course, but anyone can benefit from these quick tips and recipes.
  26. “Snack Time: Challenge Your Process” at Mommy Snacks.net: Andrea Deckard’s informative blog posts looks at eating well from a personal finance perspective rather than one that counts calories and carbohydrates.
  27. “Cooking on a budget” at Simply Recipes: Not every money-saving tip offered by Simply Recipes is necessarily healthy, but they can easily be adjusted to suit specific dietary needs.
  28. “Do’s and don’ts for eating well on a budget” at culinate: Reed College student Savannah Naffziger shares everything she has learned about eating, buying, and cooking simple, healthy foods on her extremely limited budget.
  29. “An Apple a Day” at We are what we eat: Learn all about the health benefits of the humble, inexpensive apple, which makes for a fantastic addition to any diet.
  30. “A reader asks: Budget-Friendly meals that are nutritious and delicious” at The Skinny Gourmet: Browse a selection of painless tips and sumptuous recipes appropriate for families who want to consume healthy meals without worrying about dipping too far into the bank account.
  31. “How to save pasta and rice” at CheapEats.ie: Pasta and rice can form cornerstones for many a budget-friendly, healthy diet, and CheapEats.ie hosts some nice pointers on making them stretch even further.
  32. “Rebecca Currie’s Experiment – Living on $1 a Day” at Slashfood: Believe it or not, Rebecca Currie was entirely able to cobble together her own healthy meals as part of the “subsistence living” movement, spending only $1 per day.
  33. “50 Ways to Save Big at the Grocery Store” at Menus4Moms: Menus4Moms provides a bevy of intelligent tips on making wise purchases at the grocery store, and readers can find creative ways to apply some of them to maintaining a healthy diet.
  34. “Taste Test: Cheap But Good Olive Oils” at Serious Eats: Olive oil makes for an incredibly versatile ingredient when it comes to healthy eating, but the financially conscious do not have to shell out ridiculous amounts of money for the imported stuff to enjoy its benefits.
  35. “Don’t Buy Pre-Cut, Pre-Marinated Meat” at The Frugal Foodie: It may save time to buy meat that comes already cut and pre-marinated, but cutting and flavoring meat at home costs less and allows diners to take more control of their own dietary intake.
  36. “Budget-Friendly Foods: Top 5 Healthy Picks” at Healthy Eats: Toby Amidor at Food Network’s Healthy Eats Blog shares the top 5 foods that anyone concerned about both money and body need to keep in their kitchens.
  37. “How to cut down on sugar” at Frugal Cooking: Save both money and internal organs by taking advantage of Frugal Cooking’s great tips on minimizing the intake of excessive refined sugar.
  38. “Lessons I’ve Learned from The Pantry Challenge (Guest Post)” at Money Saving Mom: Pretty much everything at Money Saving Mom benefits families and singles alike when it comes to maintaining a viable budget, but The Pantry Challenge stands as a great strategy for saving more money and eating healthy foods.
  39. “Shop Your Pantry and Give the Gift of Prosperity!” at Frugal Luxuries™: Proselytize the virtues of eating simply, sensibly, and frugally by whipping up sensible food gifts for loved ones.
  40. “Salty Cumin Lassi” at I ? Kale: Enjoy this cheap, easy-to-make, and extremely healthy recipe at any office with access to a water cooler and a fridge.
  41. “High Fiber Diet – It’s Healthy” at Hillbilly Housewife Blog: Many inexpensive foods double as excellent sources of fiber, and this informative little blog post discusses the benefits of this economical element of a healthy diet.
  42. “Three ways to make eating eggs more fun” at Healthy Bites: Economical and nutritious, the budget-strapped may get tired of eating eggs the same way every time they make their way into a meal. Merritt Watts shares a couple of ways to fight the doldrums when cooking.
  43. “Invest a lot of time, make a lot of dough” at Sustainable Pantry: Home chefs with the time to make some multigrain dough for breads and pizzas will appreciate this advice that keeps bodies healthy by taking advantage of economical bulk-cooking practices.
  44. “Save Money on Groceries” at Healthy Eating Made Easy: The “supermarket savvy” would do well to keep these common-sense tips and tricks in mind when it comes to purchasing the healthiest foods possible.
  45. “Benefits of Yogurt” at Frugal Healthy Choices: Yogurt is a cheap and healthy way of acquiring valuable calcium and vitamin D, among other great benefits.
  46. “Try Healthy & Economical Eating this Easter” at The Produce Lady’s Blog: Obviously, the advice found on Brenda Sutton’s blog does not always have to apply to one particular religion’s holiday to be extremely useful to budgeted households concerned about eating right.
  47. “Tips for Saving Money at the Farmer’s Market” at Organic & Thrifty: Anyone hoping to purchase fresh, local, organic produce would do well to read this incredibly valuable blog’s advice on making money stretch while patronizing the local farmer’s market.
  48. “U.S. Healthy Eating Trends Part 1: Commitment Trumps the Economic Pinch” at NielsenWire: To add a little inspirational boost to an occasionally frustrating day budgeting and grocery shopping, check out Nielsen’s findings on how a down economy does not always put a dent in healthy eating.
  49. “Simplify Your Life with Menu Planning Central” at The Cheap Gourmet: Planning meals ahead of time simplifies and streamlines grocery shopping and places the consumer in a better position to make decisions regarding money and health matters.
  50. “Week 4 – Tuesday – Your Health!” at rebecca’s pocket: Read Rebecca Blood’s lessons on how she stuck with an organic diet without compromising her strict budget.
  51. “Food Stamps: The Economics of Eating Well” at Room for Debate: For those curious about the politics behind healthy eating when it comes to subsisting off food stamps, this revealing blog post at The New York Times looks at multiple sides of the issue.
  52. “Fed Up with School Lunch: The Feds Join The Fray” at Civil Eats: School lunches open up more questions regarding policy, health, and affordability for anyone concerned about what their kids may be ingesting at lunchtime.
  53. “Lovely Lentils” at almost frugal: Lentils are cheap, easy to prepare and most of all, good for you! Use them in your next recipe.
  54. “11 Tips For Eating Healthy On a Budget” at simple mom: Everything the frugal foodie needs to know about eating well without spending too much is right here on this comprehensive blog post.
  55. “Top 3 Ways to Eat More Greens” at The Frugal Connoisseurs Blog: All About: Take advantage of these creative tips on incorporating cheap greens into a daily diet beyond the expected salads and sautés.
  56. “5 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget” at Quizzle Wire: Read over more straightforward tips on maintaining a healthy diet during times of lean finances.
  57. “How to manage to prepare healthy meals on a regular basis – The best way to start is to Stock a Healthy Kitchen” at Healthy Food on a Budget: Anyone stymied about starting to build up a kitchen full of healthy, inexpensive foods will very much appreciate this registered dietician’s list of what items they should consider buying.
  58. “Eating Dandelions” at Care2.com: One simple, common plant found in many yards provides a surprising amount of nutrients – and at no cost whatsoever to the consumer!
  59. “5 Ways To Eat Healthy On A Budget” at Mrs. Moneysaver: As the title implies, Dana Adams at Mrs. Moneysavers has some nice, quick tips on eating economically without sacrificing valuable health properties.
  60. “Eating Healthy on a Budget” at ChefMD® Blog: Watch this video blog entry from John La Puma, MD for expert advice regarding the best way to keep on a healthy diet without breaking the bank.
  61. “Eating Healthy on a Budget” at Free from Broke: Free from Broke provides a few handy, general guidelines for buying healthy foods at reasonable prices.
  62. “Cooking Skills – Hands vs. Machines” at Make it from Scratch: Save wear and tear on expensive cookware and machinery by whipping up meals by hand whenever possible. Make it from Scratch also provides an excellent recipe for cheap, homemade mayonnaise to illustrate its main point.
  63. “How to Eat Healthy on a Budget” at Mark’s Daily Apple: Aimed at those who want to stay in shape and lose weight while sticking to a tight budget would do well to check out the useful little tips at Mark’s Daily Apple.
  64. “How to be a foodie without breaking the bank” at Money Tales: Read the intriguing story of Jane, who found a way to keep up with her gourmet, organic, and healthy foodie lifestyle even after financial circumstances slashed away at her funds.
  65. “Conclusion – Eating like a Chowhound on $3 a day” at Chowhound: Read all the lessons learned following the completion of a $3 a day challenge, and be sure to check out the handy money-saving tips in the comments section as well.
  66. “How to Eat Healthy on a Budget” at Buxr: With these quick and easy tips, anyone concerned about how their finances relate to eating well has plenty of information to help them get started.
  67. “Eating Healthy While Clipping Coupons” at Cheap, Healthy, Good: Keep these useful little nuggets of advice in mind when grocery shopping and planning healthy meals that will not put a large dent in the ol’ bank account.
  68. “Eating Healthy on a Food Stamp Budget” at Poverty in America: This provocative blog post by Greg Plotkin looks into the struggles faced by those on food stamps when it comes to taking care of their dietary needs on a skeletal budget.
  69. “11 Tips For Eating Healthy on a Budget” at Simply Cooking: Elizabeth Edelman’s straightforward, simple guide to staying healthy in financially lean times makes for a nice resource to check before planning a budget.
  70. “This guy takes hotel room cooking to a whole new level” at The Laid-Off Gourmet: Forego ridiculously expensive room service and learn how to prepare nice, healthy, inexpensive meals right in the hotel room.
  71. “Eating Healthy When You’re Poor: You Can’t” at Dispatch from the Trenches: Read one man’s perspective on the difficulties of maintaining a nutritious dietary intake while living below the poverty level.
  72. “Guest Post: Eating Healthy On a Budget” at The Thrifty Mama: Both the article and the comments offer up some excellent advice for anyone concerned about their health but grapple against an inflexible budget.
  73. “Can You Eat Well on Food Stamps?” at The Green Life: Operated by The Sierra Club, The Green Life blog peeks into the food stamp system and the issues surrounding the program’s difficulties with keeping participants healthy.
  74. “Eating Healthy on a Budget: All About Potatoes” at Belfast Co-op Blog: Potatoes add volume to a diet without causing too many health issues, and this informative blog post discusses their place in the frugal foodie’s pantry.
  75. “4 Healthy Eating Tips for College Freshmen” at Diets in Review.com: Even those who never went or already graduated from college can benefit from a few of the quick tips to be found on this blog posting.
  76. “Make Your Own Yogurt” at Choosy Beggars: Yogurt is an excellent cornerstone of any healthy diet, and making it at home only lets the savings add up.
  77. “Eating a Healthy Diet in College” at Find College Cards: Because college students must thrive on staying healthy and carefully watching their bank accounts, anyone can benefit from advice pertaining to their particular situation.
  78. “To Read Labels Or Not To Read? Part 1” at Sanaa Cooks: Although most of the recipes at Sanaa Cooks bolster an economical, healthy diet, the advice on reading food labels especially helps.
  79. “Healthy College Food” at About.com: These common sense tips are essential to maintaining a nutritious diet, and stand as especially valuable since the target audience has very little money to begin with.
  80. “Eat Healthy, Cheap” at Money Under 30: Be sure to read the comments section of this post as well. Both the article and the readers share some incredibly valuable tips for saving time without worrying about veering off from a healthy track.
  81. “Saving money on groceries without Top Ramen: Eating sustainably on a budget” at WalletPop: Anyone caring to eat sustainable, healthy foods would do well to read these tips on maintaining certain standards without busting the bank.
  82. “Save a Penny” at Dude, where’s the stove?: This three-part entry on the extremely handy Dude, where’s the stove? blog serves as an incredibly detailed resource for anyone concerned about their blowing their food budget on unhealthy fare.
  83. “Tip #9 – Be kind(er) to your junk mail” at Poor Girl Eats Well: Be sure to read over everything available through Poor Girl Eats Well, of course. But Kimberly Alexandra’s praise of the weeklies that come in the mail reveal some hidden deals that almost always end up in the recycling bin.
  84. “Save on Groceries? Not if it Means Sacrificing these 6 Food Qualities” at 20SomethingFinance: GE Miller refuses to compromise 6 certain elements when it comes to purchasing food, and subsequent articles in the series offer up valuable money-saving tips on keeping an organic, free-range, hormone-free, nutritious, and sometimes vegetarian diet.
  85. “Menus for approximately 2 weeks” at Frugal Abundance: It is entirely possible to keep up with a gluten- and casein-free diet while still sticking to a strict budget, as this extremely useful blog post and its menu suggestions points out.
  86. “Healthy eating on a student budget” at Paging Dr. Gupta: Fans of CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta will appreciate his advice on staying fit and healthy without having to worry about overdrafting.
  87. “Millet Porridge and Other Convenience Foods” at Frugal Cuisine: The ability to stretch certain ingredients and dishes out serves as one of the best ways to avoid spending too much on food, and Frugal Cuisine assists home chefs in finding strategies to get the most out of their healthy purchases.
  88. “Spend less eating healthy food” at Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck: This short, succinct blog post highlights the best ways to consume nutritious foods in the most economically feasible manner possible.
  89. “99.99% Organic” at The 99 Cent Chef: Widely (and rightfully!) respected chef Billy Vasquez blogs some incredible stuff on his little corner of the internet, and this particular post illustrates just how healthily people can eat by hitting up their local discount stores.
  90. “Localvore – Eat Local Foods and Save Money” at debt free adventure: Buying local foods saves money on shipping costs, meaning that the prices for healthy produce comes greatly reduced for the savvy consumer.
  91. “Shape U: Eating Healthy in College” at College Jolt: Read over all the basics of staying on top of a healthy diet while sticking with an incredibly limited budget.
  92. “How Planning Your Meals Will Save You Money” at fivecentnickel.com: Although this fivecentnickel.com blog post focuses more on meal planning rather than pointing out nutritious foods on which to nosh, the advice contained therein still dishes out some great financial advice.
  93. “On Frugality, Grandmothers and Lentil Soup” at Too Many Chefs: Pick up a free recipe for a delectable, healthy soup (eliminate the bacon to keep hearts even healthier) and a nice little rumination on the virtue of frugality.
  94. “A Pound for Pound Review of Dieting Plans” at Dough Roller: Individuals concerned about losing weight on a dieting plan while getting the most bang for their buck would do well to read Dough Roller’s reviews of the most popular companies out there. Many are not nearly as good for the budget as they advertise.
  95. “Part 1: 6 Tips For Saving Money On Groceries” at Money Crashers: Apply Sandy Aquire’s useful, frugal advice to grocery stores and farmers markets to score the best deals possible.
  96. “Eating locally can be a challenge for college students on a meal plan” at The Daily Green: Some tips on keeping local and organic without hemorrhaging cash apply only to college students, but others on a budget can still appreciate the broader, more general ones.
  97. “Home Economics 101” at The Guerilla Gourmet: Review all the basics of keeping house and home both healthy and financially stable with The Guerilla Gourmet, but also make an effort to read the rest of the blog as well!
  98. “New Uses for Old Herbs” at The Economical Epicurean: Learn how to use up herbs that may have passed their prime as a means of saving money and adding flavor without any extra nutritional nastiness.
  99. “Nourishing Portable Food” at Frugal Granola: Read over the recipes on this excellent blog carnival, which showcases healthy, frugal foods for families and individuals on the go.
  100. “Save Money on Groceries” at Survival Tips for the Working Poor: Concerned, heavily budgeted readers must read over this valuable blog post featuring quick tips on how to pinch pennies at the grocery store.

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Even though college students are busy and on a budget, it doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice their health. The above posts illustrate how affordable, healthy and wholesome meals are abundant. Students can take advantage of what these mindful bloggers have to share when it comes to sticking with a nutritious diet and a paper-thin budget.