I enjoy making my own food for many reasons but mostly because it saves me time and $MONEY$. I am not a crazy health freak, but I do care to an extent about what I consume. Food has to taste good and it has to save me money. I save money by planning my meals, and by limiting how often I eat out at restaurants. As college students, I am sure several of us spend countless hours in school studying while hungry, however, our body’s and brain’s demand fuel(food). Due to this hunger, we either take a long break to a nearby restaurant or the USG cafeteria to buy a sandwich. Both options take time off our productive study schedules which lead to ineffectiveness in time. I use to be the student that bought food from restaurants every day but now I bring a small black lunch bag to school with three already made to eat meals. This method is more efficient because all I have to do is stop by a microwave and wait two minutes for my food to heat up, then enjoy a great home cooked meal that I made. A couple of years ago, I sat down and made a spreadsheet to calculate where my money was being spent. After make my calculation, I notice that I was spending $400-500 dollars a month on eating out and grocery (without planning meals). That’s were planning my meals became useful. Money wasn’t the only thing that was going to waste. My time was also wasted because a quick bite to eat, turned into a 30min-1hour break and after that break, I lost my motivation to study. My lifestyle change helped me reduce the amount of money spent on food a month to $250 which helped improve my mental and physical health (#lookgoodfeelgood). I also began to notice that I had more time to focus on studying, which ultimately improved my grades. At first eating my own food was difficult but as time passed, my cooking improved and I now have many individuals asking me to cook for them. In the end, I acquired a new skill, saved time, and saved a lot of money. So next time you plan on having a study party at USG, make time to pack your food because, in the long run, you will have more time and money.