There are a bunch of great websites for frugal living. Many recommend doing a weekly menu plan. I do this, cut coupons, and plan my grocery list. My receipts look like an ad for Safeway. If it isn't generic, (with the exception of a few items for my snobby husband) it isn't in my cart. I am TRYing to get DH off of meat at every meal. That would save me sooo much money. As it is, i sneak, and use half the meat when cooking a recipe. He hasn't noticed. I don't know if your DH has dietary requirements, or just personal preference, but meatless a few times a week can help. Bean soup, made with dried beans, very easy. Brown rice in bulk, frozen veggies (I find are cheaper than canned with much less sodium), and getting creative with leftovers have saved me a great deal. I do spend a good portion of our grocery bill on fresh fruit, and some veggies. I just can't give that up, not yet. But the balance of my bill has gone down, by not buying many of the "middle aisle" foodstuffs.
This is all easy for people who aren't in NS, but it is doable. Scratch is harder, but cheaper.
I think I've gone to the vending machine twice in two semesters. I bring a lot of food to school, and to clinicals, but I am never hungry and never tempted.
I am sucking it up and switched to suave haircare products- my hair is almost always up anyway. I get a haircut twice a year, and at a cheaper salon, instead of four times a year, and at my girlfriends salon (even with her friends and family discount it is still as much for one cut, as for two of the other salons!- forget nursing be a hairdresser!). I get my shoes repaired, instead of new ones, we canceled some subscriptions, but are unfortunately locked into a contract for bundled phone, internet and cable. Scam.
Bonus of being a NS: you have no life, so don't talk to any of your old friends (-cell phone bill), you don't have time to go out (-movies, dinners out, dancing, bowling etc), you don't care what you look like, only that you are there (-new clothes, shoes,) and you dont' have time to do any of the leisure activities you used to
(-scrapbooking, reading non-textbooks, -video games), look on the bright side>> life is actually cheaper!!