3. Cook your own meals
Lower your food costs by eating in and cooking.
“The most cost-effective way for students to eat is to buy their own groceries and make their own meals,” LaBrake says.
“This can be difficult as a full-time student though, especially if they have no culinary background. It is also usually impossible to do this during freshman year as the living arrangements, such as dorms, often do not include any appliances for cooking. If students do commit to shopping for themselves and cooking their own meals, they can save a significant amount of money on throughout their college career.”