A Quick Guide to Saving Money on Food at Uni | The Student Food Project

A Quick Guide to Saving Money on Food at Uni

We know that most students don’t have a lot of money while they’re at uni, so we’ve put together this list to help you save cash when buying food.

Here's how it's done:


Look for cheaper brands

Most supermarkets will offer a basic range of products which are cheaper than the branded alternatives. You probably won’t notice the difference anyway and you’ll have saved a few pounds.Plan out your meals If you can get a rough idea of what meals you’re going to make, it will be easier to choose exactly what food you need to buy. If you just start throwing random things into your trolley you’ll find it much harder to put together a meal when you get home.

Buy in larger quantities

It’s usually much cheaper to buy food in multi-packs rather than individually, which means that cooking several portions at once will work out cheaper. You could take it in turns to cook with your housemates, or even make several meals and freeze some for another day.

Find cheap supermarkets

Discount supermarkets are now widespread across the UK and located near many university campuses. These stores are great for getting food at low-cost, as well as drinks and household products. Look out for special offers and bulk discounts which can reduce your shopping bill further.

Don’t shop when you’re hungry

This really is the golden rule. Make sure you’re not starving before stepping through the door of the supermarket. If you don’t, you’ll probably end up buying a load of snacks and eating them all the second you get home. We’ve all done it. 

Hopefully, you’ve found this advice useful. If you can think of any more tips to save money while at uni, tweet us (@studentfooduk) or write a comment below!

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