Eat Healthy with a College Budget

We all know what we should be eating – fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and healthy snacks.  But that doesn’t stop us from hitting the drive thru of a fast food restaurant on our way home.  Some common excuses are, “I don’t have time to cook,” or “It’s just too expensive.”  Fast food is pretty expensive and all that grease slows you down.

Below is a grocery list and menu for an entire week with a $50 budget.  Keep in mind that most of these items will last longer than a week.

Shopping List

  • 2lbs Bananas = $1.08
  • Pack of Oranges = $3.48
  • 2 Lemons = $0.88
  • 1lb Red Potatoes = $0.98
  • Salad Mix = $1.68
  • Frozen Broccoli = $1.28
  • Frozen Corn = $0.98
  • Salmon = $4.94
  • Chicken Breast (3-4) = $5.99
  • ½ lb Turkey Lunch Meat = $2.99
  • ¼ lb Sliced Cheese = $1.62
  • ½ dozen Eggs = $0.95
  • ½ gallon 2% Milk  = $2.33
  • Orange Juice = $2.58
  • 1 box Wheat Penne = $1.08
  • 1 Jar of Prego Sauce = $2.92
  • 1 can of Black Beans = $0.92
  • 1 bag of Brown Rice = $0.72
  • 1 box of Multigrain Cereal = $2.50
  • Nilla Wafers = $2.98
  • 1 loaf of Wheat Bread = $1.50
  • Italian Seasoning = $2.44
  • Basil = $2.14
  • Italian Bread Crumbs = $1.66
    TOTAL                 $50.62
    Tax                        $3.54
    GRAND TOTAL            $53.16

Check out our meal plan that goes along with the shopping list!



Remember that the “Freshman Fifteen” isn’t exclusive to just freshmen. Everyone needs to eat healthy too!

For those who are also looking to support local farmers and not break the bank, The University Wellness program is bringing the Main Street Farmers’ Market to Campus. Head over to the Williams Center on March 20th, from 10 am -1 pm and the opportunity to buy some of the freshest produce and other items in Bulloch County. Also don’t forget to check into the Farmer’s Market Facebook Page when you are there for a chance to win additional prizes!

Happy Eating!

Caroline & Victoria


3 thoughts on “Eat Healthy with a College Budget

  1. I remember those days; nothing but romaine noodles and beer for me. I wish I had been into my health back then:)) Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:))

  2. Ha! I`m a broke college student myself, and when I tell my friends that I eat 3 meals and couple healthy snacks a day for less than 10$, they don`t believe me. Wish more people knew that eating healthy is actually a great way to save. Great post!

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