One of the easiest ways to save money if you live off-campus, or even if you live on, is to grow or make your own food.
One quick and easy way to save money on deserts is to make your own popsicles. If you buy popsicle molds--I got the ones below from Old Navy for $3--you can fill them with juices, yogurt or puddings and then freeze them for a delicious desert. You really save money in the long run not buying a ton of boxes of juice pops or popsicles. Also, for an even cheaper solution, you can use ice cube trays for the same thing and the stick can be toothpicks, or you can just eat them with a spoon in a bowl.
I'm not a vegetarian, but since going to college I really haven't eaten much meat. It's too expensive, unless you're talking about fast food but that's so bad for you. During the semester some of the students grew pea plants (the peas were supplied by Jim Ulrich, one of the facilitators, from his own garden during his Natural Sciences 2 class) in their dorm rooms and had delicious peas when the plants matured.
Other students grew spices. Stephanie Fong gave my roommates and I, as a housewarming present, a basil plant. There is nothing like a good spaghetti sauce with fresh basil.
Now that I live in an apartment with garden space, we're going to grow a multitude of spices and vegetables. Eating home-grown produce is cheaper and so rewarding.
One of the things you can grow easily is a tomato plant. There are those new upside-down tomato plant growers that take up only a little space and are supposed to be very successful.
Following is a really simple, and absolutely delicious, tomato recipe is for those of us with little to no patience. I really can almost never wait for them to ripen all the way. So, I make fried green tomatoes.
The way I make them is simple, even for the most novice chef. You need a bowl of one scrambled egg, a bowl of flour, a bowl of bread crumbs, a plate covered with a paper towel to put the finished tomatoes on and a pan with oil in it.
1. Slice up the green tomato.
2. Take each piece of tomato and layer it lightly with the flour.
3. Dip each side of the floured tomato in the egg.
4. Cover the tomato with breadcrumbs.
5. Fry the tomato in oil until golden brown. (Hint: Don't have the oil too hot, the pan and breadcrumbs will burn really fast and the oil will spit more.)
6. Wait until they cool off a little, then ENJOY!