This blog post was written by Hillary, our Campus Ambassador from Virginia Tech University.
If you're like me, you may be spending this summer vacation exactly how you spent your fall - on your college campus.
This summer - I decided to take on a challenge. For my first time since entering college, I will not have a meal plan. Is my fridge bare so far? Definitely. But, I've devised a plan of attack, that I hope will also help others that are 'meal plan-less' get their fridge's in order:
1) Don't buy too many perishable items - If you're like me, you're most likely always on the go. Between interning and classes, there never seems to be a free moment. Buying items that aren't perishable will help save your budget and prevent you from wasting food.
2) Prep a breakfast the night before - As much as I hate to admit it, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Planning a breakfast, and prepping it the night before, will help you start good habits. Not to mention - it will also keep you fuller throughout the day. For this step, I plan to prepare oatmeal smoothies, that I found on Pinterest, the night before.
3) When in doubt, keep calm and coffee on - Although it is important to make sure you're fully stocked up on food, coffee is also essential between interning and going to class. If you don't have a coffee maker, instant coffee is always an excellent and cheap route to take.
Dealing with no meal plan for the first time is going to be a struggle. But, as crazy as it might sound, it may be exciting to broaden my 'foodie horizons'.