B.Y.O.F (Bring Your Own Food) to the PARTY (Study Party)

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.

About ernieg

Aloha! My name is Ernie Gomez, I am a junior in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) attending The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) campus. I was born and in Los Angeles CA, and moved to Hawaii when I was 2O years old. I moved to Maryland in order to attend the prestigious Robert H. Smith School of Business at UMD. After graduating high school, I joined the Marine Corp but after eight years of service, I enrolled in college. My decision enabled me to obtain my Associates Degree in Business and Mathematics, at Palomar College in San Diego, California. After my move from California to Maryland, I looked for a top ranked business school that could help me further my education. The Robert H. Smith school easily became my top choice. When I was applying for college at Maryland, I learned of USG and the great resources available to students. After acquiring more information about USG, I just couldn’t resist. If you don’t know me! My hobby? Working on cars. Who inspires me? Anyone and everyone inspires me, because I know I can learn from every person I meet. However, I admire Eric Thomas who famously quoted, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” Words that describe me: Humble, Compassionate, Powerful, Honorable My goal: My goal is to move back to California, next to the beach and buy a home also in HAWAII. I am a humble, compassionate and honorable individual who strives to accomplish my life goals. If you see me around school, feel free to say “Hi” and start a conversation. USG is my #1 pick and I am happy to be a part of the USG community. I hope you enjoy my blogs and if you have any suggestions please feel free to reply to my post.
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10 Responses to B.Y.O.F (Bring Your Own Food) to the PARTY (Study Party)

  1. Sama Tamaddon says:

    Amen to that #mealpreplife

  2. Earnest Young says:

    That’s interesting, I had never really considered the advantages of food planning as a method of cost savings bUT I can see through my own wasteful purchases how much potential it can have. Do you keep a log of what you’ll be cooking for the week or how do you keep track of the planning?

    Do you also recommend a spreadsheet to demonstrate the total cost of each meal so you can prioritize cheaper meals when on a budget constraint.

    • erniegblog says:

      As far as the spreadsheet whatever works best for you I’m a visual person so I need to steal my money’s been spent. Are used to have a long but I’ve been doing it now for six years so it’s pretty much all in my head and I keep it consistent now. Thank you for your. Comment

    • erniegblog says:

      My go to meal hands down orange sticky lemon chicken tight with steamed veggies half cup white rice.

  3. Ngoc-Quyen VU says:

    I agree with you. It’s true that making your own meals requires time and effort, but it’s just a question of habit. Once you have it, it’s more convenient, you save a lot of money, and you eat healthier. I also think that you appreciate more the food when you’re making it. 🙂

  4. Vito Vallone says:

    I need to start bringing food to campus. The food at falls grove is very tempting when I’m hungry!!!

  5. Christine says:

    Good for you! I wish I had self control like you do. In my two years of undergrad, I practically ate chipotle every day for lunch and cafeteria for dinner. Now, I am gradually trying to change. It’s hard, but it’s definitely worth it. 🙂

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