Without a plan, food spending can get out of hand. If you cook a majority of your meals at home, the USDA estimates that a moderate budget for adults is $260-310 per month. Eating out 1-2 meals a day can add $200 more per month. Determine a maximum number of meals that you will eat out each week.

Bama Dining offers a commuter meal plan that provides the advantage of on-campus dining options between classes or on days you’re pressed for time.

UA’s Student Care and Well-Being offers assistance to students in times of need through various resources, including a food pantry and a partnership with Bama Dining. For information on these resources, call 205-348-2461.