Do you ever catch yourself spending way too much money on fast food every week? Have you made promises to spend less, but still spiral into the same spending routines? - I know I have.
I know as a college student who lives off-campus that it's incredibly hard to have the motivation to cook once you get home after a long gruesome day of classes and work, and the thought of Panda Express being just a 5 minute walk away from your class doesn't help your motivation either. Just remember that "It's only $7" turns into $7 a day, $35 a week, which ends with a WHOPPING $140 a month on Panda, or any other restaurant alone. - Double that for those who eat there twice a day!
You hear that?? That's your wallet crying...
So, how can we turn that frown upside down?
- Food Planning.
So let's start by planning food. So what do you like to eat that can be consumed for a week without you getting tired of it? Find an entree, veggie, and another side to make your meals and buy a good portion of it (Make sure you're actually going to eat it and not let it go to waste).
- Time to Cook -YES, Cook.
If you're too busy during the week, prep your food on the weekends to have ready for the upcoming week. (Remember, you do not have to be a master chef; just make simple meals).
- Lunch containers.
Depending on how much you like to carry, this is a very important factor!! I personally love my food to be organized and NOT touching. So, if you're OCD like me when it comes to food, I suggest 3-Compartment containers such as NimNik Kitchenette. I personally love these containers and they have made lunch so much easier.
I hope this could be of some help to anyone out there who's needing to put money up here and there, but is worrying about food. Just know that spending $7 on a pack of tortellini that will get you through a school week is a much better deal than $7 for one meal that you'll devour in the car before you even finish the ride home.
So let's all try to cook more and fast food less.
Until Next Time...