Saving on Food

Here are some tips and tricks for budgeting when it comes to food and flatting. For more information on food, including some recipes and videos, please see the Food section under the Wellbeing Tab as well.

  • If it suits you and your flatmates, cook shared meals. This is a good way to bond with your flatmates, means less work for you as you don’t have to cook every night, and minimises food waste.
  • If you do cook alone, plan out your meals for the week. Cook enough so that you have leftovers that you can take for lunch or eat the following night, or freeze them for another time.
  • When you’re shopping, look at the price by weight/single item (usually written under the actual price) to compare value.
  • Look up the best way to store each food item online to maximise its lifespan.
  • $4 lunch is served Monday to Friday from 12pm to 2pm at our OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre. There are options to purchase additional food items like butter chicken, samosa’s, bliss balls, apple crumble or chocolate pudding.
  • During semester times, Clubs and Socs will be running a weekly free breakfast for current Otago University Students. Join them every Wednesday morning, 8:30 – 9:30am in the Evison Lounge (first floor of the Clubs and Societies Centre) for freshly cooked porridge, hot drinks and toast.