5 Money-Saving Tips for Culinary Students

by Rob Sutter
It’s important to get this out of the way: college costs money. This is especially true when it comes to culinary arts schools, as they demand not only funds for tuition but the many utilities and ingredients that budding chefs require. Even though the degrees and diplomas that are ultimately earned will prove to be invaluable, money is still tight for students. Does saving money have to be such a challenge, though?

If the best level of care is put into effect, I do not believe that school has to be so taxing. In fact, here are 5 of the best money-saving tips that culinary students should be aware of.

1. Shop carefully from week to week. While it may seem easy, for students, to set aside one day to go shopping, I do not know if this is necessarily the best case. One of the reasons for this is because sales can pop up at virtually any moment and you do not want to miss out because you were too hasty. Another reason is because if you go about one big shopping endeavor early in the week, you are typically locked to the food that you purchase. In order to have more freedom, financially or otherwise, shop a little more often when you don’t have classes.

2. Know that cheaper foods can be healthy. It goes without saying that products like soda and candy, while inexpensive, are not the healthiest products. As a result, you may be left with the idea that only expensive foods are healthy but this isn’t necessarily true. Look at nuts, for example, which are not only reasonably affordable but contain omega-3 fatty acids that are along the lines of costly fish entrees. In addition, think about tossing older vegetables – as long as they aren’t past their expiration date, mind you – into a soup or stew. You can still attain the health benefits of veggies and make larger portions of food in the process.

3. Try new recipes, if you can. One of the best ways to save money, in my view, is to change up the meals that are made from day to day. Meat, for example, can become especially expensive, depending on the market that you go to. What this means is that you should try incorporating more meatless dishes, all the while staying mindful of essential nutrients that might be lost; protein is one important example. While this doesn’t mean that you have to force yourself to go vegetarian, switching up your meals can be a healthy – not to mention more cost-effective – endeavor.

4. If you dorm with others, share the costs. As stated before, products like meat can wind up being costly but this is where group efforts can come into play. Try to see if you can get your roommates to chip in so that all of you can enjoy something a bit more high-end. For instance, you and your friends may have a lobster dinner on your minds but it can be costly, especially if you want to go about this often. However, with teamwork put into place, it’s likely that you can enjoy dinners like these from time to time.

5. Look at the prices that kitchen utilities go for. Chances are that if you are shopping at retail and you see items marked at particular price, you can get it cheaper online. The truth of the matter is that more and more people are buying just about everything over the Internet. This is an especially affordable tip for those learning from cooking schools in New York, one example being the Institute of Culinary Education.Let’s say that you see a high-end crock pot that goes for $30 at retail; it’s likely that, if you look around enough, you can find the same crock pot for a fraction of the price online. When you are shopping, don’t settle.

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