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Healthy Eating – on a student budget!

It’s week nine – the leaves are beginning to brown, lecture attendance has dropped by half, and the unthinkable has happened – you’re finally sick of having Maccas for dinner. While pizza or McDonald’s might be the cheaper and easier option for dinner, it’s also not very good for you – so here are my top tips for eating healthily on a student budget!


  1. A ‘pot-luck dinner’ – get together with your friends and make one element of the meal each. Someone can bring a salad, the next person brings the bread, and before you know it, you’ve got a full meal! This way, you’re making one simple dish but enjoying ten.
  2. Use your freezer – make a big pot of soup and then put it into some chinese containers and freeze! It’s cheaper to make meals in bulk, and if there’s something ready to go in the freezer, you’re less likely to give in to buying takeaway.
  3. Get involved with a community garden – community gardens are a great way to get some fresh produce into your kitchen. In return for watering and weeding the garden, you are able to bring home fresh herbs, fruit, and vegetables to cook with! Who knows – you might even find some friends there to share the meal with!
  4. Shop at cheaper supermarkets – this sounds like an obvious one, but Aldi and Costco are known for their cheap groceries. It’s always a good idea to shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
  5. Utilise websites such as and It will give you suggestions on what to cook from people that know your situation – there are even cake recipes that don’t require an oven!


So next time you’re thinking of visiting the drive-thru, make sure you read these tips to make sure you (and your wallet) stay in shape!


Story by Elly Mackay

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