Spending money on food is often the hardest to control, because the lure of fast food is everywhere. Put the brakes on fast casual meals, and instead, make a list of items you need, price it online, then head to the store to compare costs. Find the cheapest and healthiest ways to eat, and learn to resist impulse items at checkout.
Buying staples in bulk, purchasing whole produce over pre-cut produce and steering clear of middle aisles – where the most expensive brand names are strategically placed – will also help cut costs. If grocery shopping and cooking is not an option, consider purchasing a campus meal plan.
Contributor: Bryce Lloyd, Phoenix Market President FirstBank from efirst bank