Vet school is expensive and for me living in Columbus is also expensive, so I am always looking for ways to to save money and make every penny count. A friend of mine has a membership to Sam’s Club, and I’ve been meeting up with him a few times a year to buy things in bulk so I can save money. I keep a list on my refrigerator and add to it gradually, working up to shopping. I find I can get meat, frozen fruits and vegetables, shampoo, toothpaste, etc, much cheaper than buying them at the local grocery store. It takes some planning, but I have found that it really helps me to save money, which I always appreciate. If there’s something I need, but don’t need as much of, I try to split it among friends. Last time I went shopping, waffles sounded good, but I didn’t exactly need a giant box of 60 waffles to eat all by myself. I bought the box and then a friend bought half of them from me, so that we both could enjoy them and save money.
I also watch the weekly supermarket flyers for coupons and specials on things I can’t buy in bulk (like fresh fruits and vegetables) and try to save money that way. I love to get my daily allotment of fruits, especially berries, from smoothies. The great thing about that is that I can buy berries when they’re on sale and then prepackage them in individual servings to pull out of the freezer each day to make a breakfast smoothie. Small changes like that can add up and have helped me to eat healthy and still keep my budget somewhat balanced.