I know you are wondering where I’m going with this post and if I’m trying to decrease your food intake (lol), so just bare with me. In a previous post, I discussed the importance of budgeting and now I want to discuss how to save yourself money each month on groceries.
Here are a few tips:
- Attend interest group meetings:
During your first two years of medical school there are always specialty interest group meetings being held on campus. I know at my institution there was at least 1 interest group meeting a week, if not more. Most of the time if not all, there would be FREE catered food at the meetings, which of course is a medical students favorite type of food. I honestly would recommend taking advantage of these opportunities and attending a meeting to of course learn more about the specialty but also to indulge in FREE food! Of course you can’t feed yourself for the whole week off of this, but you can at least save a day or two of food to prep. It truly is the little things that count!
- Take advantage of your meal card while on the wards:
During your 3rd and 4th year of medical school you spend all of your time in the hospital rotating from specialty to specialty. Most likely your school will provide you with a meal card to eat while on the wards (if not I’m sorry to hear that!). Take advantage and use it!!! During my 3rd and 4th year, I cut back on groceries a tremendous amount, because I ate breakfast and lunch at the hospitals I rotated through. Depending on your school and what they provide to you as a student, it may vary, but whatever they provide, don’t waste it. And of course there are healthy options in the cafeteria, so you don’t have to compromise your diet lol.