Frugal tips for a Canadian college student?
By - highlydisciplined
Meat is expensive here. Don't read these threads where people meal prep with meat for like 20 bucks a week cause its unrealistic.
Other than that being Canadian has very little to do with it...try to eat as much of your own prepared food as you can...avoid the tummies.. etc. But college should be one of the most fun times of your life
..dont forget to enjoy it a little
You can buy chicken for $4.5/kg on sale. So yeah completely possible. Just requires planning
Learn to cook a few meals in big batches then freeze. That way you have leftovers for the days you don't have time/energy to cook. Easy ones I've done: tikka masala chicken/chickpea, spaghetti sauce, Thai/Vietnamese/Japanese stir fry. Make up a batch of rice that would last for 3 days, makes great fried rice on day 4.
Beans, peas and eggs for protein.
See if you can do a group cooking thing with classmates/friends or trade prepped meals - that way it doesn't get boring.
Watch for sales and if you want to bulk buy from Costco, you can get a day pass by going to customer service before shopping. Again, team up with friends wherever possible if you don't have room/transportation. Bulk barn (careful here! Pre-order if you can), Giant Tiger, T&T - all can be great for low-cost food.
Buy frozen veggies, if you have room, careful with canned food for salt content. Make friends with older neighbors, some are great for feeding you if you help out (shoveling, etc.) And as much as food service jobs can suck, many offer free/really cheap meals on shift.
If you can get your hands on tiny deep freeze, totally worth it for all of the above.
Check your flyers. You can get chicken for $4.5/kg on sale regularly.
Free food: Many college campus groups will have free food at their meetings and events (ranging from snacks to full meals) and often universities will host open events with free food. Follow your campus events calendar and keep an eye on ads/posters on campus to find out when/where these events are happening.
Low cost food: Many universities offer low cost produce boxes or access to local or internal food banks. Students unions often have this info available.
Grants: Many small grants and bursaries go unclaimed each year. Ask your financial aid office for a full list of grants and bursaries available to you or talk to your registrar's office about it.