If you’ve spent any time browsing the internet (or Pinterest), you’ll have noticed that there is a huge range of food blogs. Many of these have amazing and unique recipes. The trouble is that many food blogs post complex recipes that will serve a whole family and require special ingredients. Today, I want to show you some broke college student meals that you can make quickly and cheaply, but are still delicious.
Of course, “broke”, “easy”, and “delicious” are subjective terms, but I think you’re going to be surprised at how cheap and good some of these meals can be… as long as you can follow a basic recipe. For example, teriyaki chicken and rice is insanely cheap. Chicken is like $1.99/pound and a broccoli flower will cost you a dollar. However, you can’t just mix the ingredients and hope for the best. FOLLOW THE RECIPE. You can of course substitute sesame oil for any oil on hand, and use whatever vegetables are in season cut down costs even further.
Lastly, a bit of unsolicited advice. If you are learning to cook on your own for the first time focus on learning how to use your tools and ingredients properly rather than mastering specific recipes. Even basic things like heating a pan too hot or how long to cook an egg will take you 90% of the way to making tasty, healthy meals for yourself.
Recipes For Broke College Students (With Pictures!)
28. Southwest Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Rice Skillet
- Price Per Serving: $1.13
- Total Cost of Recipe: $4.52
- Time To Cook: 30 Minutes
Variations on this recipe are popular among students, as you get a great variation in texture and flavor in the same dish, along with plenty of nutrients. Plus, the protein comes from beans, which helps to keep the cost down.
The dish comes from reciperunner.com and is a popular one among readers. One also mentioned that you could use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice to decrease the carb content.
Of course, the avocado pictured as a garnish might be out of your range as a student. That’s okay. The recipe will be delicious without too.
27. Chicken Vegetable Ramen Noodles
- Price per serving: $1.42
- Total cost of meal: $4.25
- Time to cook: 18 minutes
Ramen noodles are famous as a college student staple – partly because they’re cheap and partly because they’re fast to prepare. This recipe, from Nagi at recipetineats.com, shows that ramen noodles don’t need to be boring.
It features a delicious Asian sauce, made with just four ingredients, along with plenty of vegetables and some chicken for protein. You don’t need to stick with the pictured vegetables either. Almost any type of veggie will work with the stir fry.
26. The Easiest Egg Fried Rice
- Price per serving: $0.81
- Total cost of meal: $3.25
- Time to cook: 20 minutes
Speaking of stir fries, what about this egg fried rice from healthynibblesandbits.com? It uses eggs as the main source of protein, plus plenty of vegetables and flavoring ingredients.
You could even make this recipe using frozen vegetables rather than fresh ones. Doing so is often cheaper than needing to buy and then use a collection of fresh vegetables.
25. Crock Pot Beef Stew
- Price per serving: $1.88
- Total cost of meal: $15.00
- Cooking time for this recipe is 6-8 hours on low in the crock pot, plus an additional 30-45 minutes on high after adding the thickening flour and peas.
Crock pots are something that students don’t always have and most kitchens don’t come with one by default. But, a crock pot is a really powerful tool for cooking as a student, particularly because of recipes like this one.
I found this particular recipe at iowagirleats.com and it’s a great recipe because you’re basically just throwing everything in the pot and letting it cook. Plus, you can even leave a crock pot going while you are out, so you can come home to a hot and hearty dinner.
24. Veggie Pita Pizza
- Price per serving: $1.69 (rounded from $1.6875)
- Total cost of meal: $6.75
- The total time to cook is 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for preparation and 10 minutes for cooking.
Unless you’re ordering them, making pizzas can be a lot of work and they tend to be pretty unhealthy too. This pita pizza recipe, from wellplated.com, is a great student alternative to the standard pizza. This recipe uses garlic spread as a base then follows up with vegetables and cheese.
If this looks too healthy for you, you can also vary up the recipe considerably. In fact, pita bread is a perfect option for a pizza base and you end up with a fast pizza that is just the right size for one person.
23. Chicken Cheese Pasta Casserole
- Price per serving: $1.50
- Total cost of meal: $12.00
- Time To Cook: 45 minutes (10 minutes prep time and 35 minutes cook time)
Pasta bakes are always a great idea for students. After all, they are pretty easy to make and you end up with this big dish of food, which makes for great leftovers.
This particular recipe does involve cooking the meat and the pasta, but even then it’s still a fairly simple dish to make. You can find all of the information you need for the recipe at jeanetteshealthyliving.com.
22. Simple Teriyaki Chicken Stirfry
- Price per serving: $1.54
- Total cost of meal: $7.70
- Time To Cook: 20-30 minutes including preparation and cooking time.
Stir fries are actually an exceptionally easy and fast dish to make. That alone makes them such a great option for students. Plus, once you’ve mastered the basics, the options for your stir fries are pretty much endless.
You can even use packets of the sauce from the store if you’re really in a hurry. But, this recipe from cafedelites.com. isn’t about shortcuts. Instead, the recipe is for a chicken stir fry that you make from the begging. And, as is always the case, there is something about making the sauce yourself that just makes the whole thing taste better.
21. Ham and Cheese Omelet
- Price per serving: $1.18 (rounded from $1.175)
- Total cost of meal: $2.35
- Time To Cook: 15 minutes (9 minutes prep time and 6 minutes cook time)
I love omelets because they are so quick and easy to make. Plus, you get a decent amount of protein from the eggs as well as any meat fillings, so omelets also tend to be a key source of energy.
But, if you don’t make omelets often, they can seem a little tricky. This recipe from leitesculinaria.com offers a great introduction to omelet making. The recipe just contains 7 ingredients (including seasonings) and includes instructions about when and how to fold it, and what to do if you don’t want a folded omelet.
20. Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
- Price per serving: $1.83
- Total cost of meal: $10.95
- Time To Cook: 8 hours (includes browning the pork, deglazing, and slow cooking for 7 hours, plus an additional hour after adding the barbecue sauce).
Pulled pork is oh so popular and it can be a really good way to serve pork. Most people don’t realize that pulled pork is also exceptionally easy to make, you just need a slow cooker.
This recipe, from seriouseats.com, is also a twist on traditional pulled pork because of the Dr. Pepper that’s used. I love the idea personally and the Dr. Pepper would impart a different, but appealing, flavor.
19. 110 Calorie Crustless Veggie Quiche
- Price per serving: $0.75
- Total cost of meal: $4.50
- Time To Cook: 1 hour, 25 minutes (25 minutes prep time and 1 hour cook time)
Quiches can be a good option for a snack of a meal, but they’re also a bit tricky. After all, it can often take quite a lot of effort to make a quiche, at least, that’s the case with a traditional quiche.
This quiche is crustless, which makes the entire process of making it that much easier. That approach also makes the quiche much healthier. So, it’s a good choice for anyone watching their weight. If you want to try this one out, you can find the recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com.
18. Italian Pasta Bake
- Price per serving: $1.29
- Total cost of meal: $11.00
- Time To Cook: 35 minutes (10 minutes prep time and 25 minutes cook time)
This recipe is another example of how pasta bakes can be versatile and a good choice for students. The recipe is also really simple, just using 5 ingredients.
You can check it out over at acedarspoon.com. This particular pasta bake recipe is worth checking out because the creator uses one ingredient that you don’t often find in casseroles. That ingredient would help to make the casserole that much more appealing and would even make it a bit more filling too.
17. Yakisoba Noodle Stir Fry
- Price per serving: $1.90 (assuming the recipe serves 2.5 people)
- Total cost of meal: $4.75
- Time To Cook: 15 minutes (including preparation and cooking of the noodles and vegetables)
Here’s another example of a stir fry, although this one relies on yakisoba noodles. Those noodles aren’t the most common, but you can normally find them in the produce section of grocery stores.
If not, you could also make this with similar noodles. In fact, you could probably even make the recipe with ramen noodles if you really wanted to. Regardless, all of the details can be found over at thewanderlustkitchen.com so go ahead and take a look.
16. Salmon and Potato Foil Packets
- Price per serving: $3.88
- Total cost of meal: $7.75
- Time To Cook: 30 minutes (5 minutes prep time and 25 minutes cook time)
Without a doubt, baking fish in tinfoil is one of the simplest ways to make fish for dinner. This recipe goes a step beyond that though with the use of potatoes.
This idea is absolutely perfect for students because you end up with a single packet that contains everything you need for a meal. The end result is something filling that doesn’t make much mess or require many ingredients. You can check out the full recipe at averiecooks.com.
15. Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
- Price per serving: $2.14
- Total cost of meal: $8.55
- Time To Cook: 15 minutes (5 minutes prep time and 10 minutes cook time)
Here’s another example of a stir fry and, this time, we’re looking at beef and broccoli. This is an especially easy recipe to make and the author estimates that it takes 15 minutes from start to finish. In this case, you can find the recipe at jocooks.com.
Now, the recipe is only for the stir fry component, not the rice that you see in the image. But, you could easy just use boil-in-a-bag rice or rice that just needs to be put in the microwave. Either way, the end result is an easy meal with minimal cleanup.
14. Baked Ham and Cheese Omelet
- Price per serving: $1.01 (assuming the recipe serves 5 people)
- Total cost of meal: $5.05
- Time To Cook: 55 minutes (10 minutes prep time and 45 minutes cook time)
This recipe took me by surprise and I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a baked omelet before. This recipe would be a really good option if you weren’t any good at making omelets or if you wanted a larger serving that what an omelet offers. In some ways, it’s also like a crustless quiche, but the creator’s description suggests that the texture is more similar to an omelet.
It’s also a very easy recipe to create and uses just 5 minutes of prep time. You can find the recipe at theseasonedmom.com and she also provides some substitutions in case you want to make a healthier version of the recipe.
13. Easy Parmesan Buttered Noodles
- Price per serving: $1.23
- Total cost of meal: $2.45
- Time To Cook: 13 minutes (5 minutes prep time and 8 minutes cook time)
This recipe is a great reminder that simple can be a good thing, especially when it comes to food. I love the way the recipe looks in the bowl and it would be a good choice for a day where you don’t want something that’s too heavy to eat.
You could also make this recipe really quickly with fresh pasta, which cooks in just a few minutes. For this recipe, you can find all of the instructions and ingredients at foodiecrush.com.
12. Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti
- rice per serving: $1.09 (assuming the recipe serves 7 people)s
- Total cost of meal: $7.60
- Time To Cook: 40 minutes (10 minutes prep time and 30 minutes cook time)
I showed a few baked pasta recipes before, but I’m quite taken with this one because it’s an alfredo bake. I’ve always found that pasta with white sauce tends to taste better, especially when you are using chicken as the meat of choice.
This recipe doesn’t use a sauce from a jar, but don’t let that put you off. The alfredo sauce is still easy to make and the end result is completely worth it. You can find that out for yourself by looking at the recipe on gimmesomeoven.com.
11. Tomato Pesto Salmon and Rice
- Price per serving: $2.61
- Total cost of meal: $15.65
- Time To Cook: 30 minutes (10 minutes prep time and 20 minutes cook time)
This recipe is another example of fish in foil that also acts like a complete meal. In this case, the fish of choice is salmon and the recipe uses rice as well. I’ve never actually seen rice in this type of recipe before, but I think it would work very well.
The tomato and pesto flavors are also really appealing and they would go well with the salmon and with the rice. If you want to give this recipe a try, you can find it at diethood.com.
10. Soul Food Mac and Cheese
- Price per serving: $1.18
- Total cost of meal: $11.75
- Time To Cook: 1 hour and 5 minutes (10 minutes prep time and 55 minutes cook time)
I did an entire post on cheesy meals not so long ago, but I still had to include at least once example of mac and cheese on this list. After all, mac and cheese is a fairly staple meal for many age groups, including college students. I always find the dish incredibly comforting and I suspect that many other people do too. In this case, you can find the recipe at iheartrecipes.com.
Now, I will note that this recipe initially looks complicated. I promise it isn’t. In fact, much of the complication just comes from the different varieties of cheese used. If you were in a pinch, you could probably compromise some of the taste and use a smaller selection of cheese.
9. Slow Cooker Beef and Cheese Pasta
- Price per serving: $2.09
- Total cost of meal: $16.75
- Time To Cook: 6 hours and 10 minutes (10 minutes prep time and 6 hours cook time)
I mentioned earlier that slow cookers are amazing tools for students and they are great for making stews and various types of roasts. But, this recipe is the first time that I’ve seen a slow cooker used for a pasta bake. This recipe does involve some precooking, but even then, it’s an easy dish to make.
I love the way it looks on the plate. This recipe is also a great choice if you don’t want to be running the oven or if you want a dinner that you can just come home to. The instructions and all of the ingredients for the recipe can be found at thecookingjar.com.
8. Vegan Stir Fried Udon Noodles
- Price per serving: $0.96
- Total cost of meal: $3.85
- Time To Cook: 20 minutes (5 minutes prep time and 15 minutes cook time)
These noodles might be vegan, but they would work just as well for anyone who isn’t vegan. I really love the simplicity of the recipe. Most of the ingredients used in it are the vegetables and you could switch these around based on what you had in the cupboard at the time.
This recipe would be a great alternative for anyone who loves Chinese food and wants a similar flavor at home. All of the information can be found at simpleveganblog.com, along with a wide range of other recipes.
6. Spaghetti and Eggs
- Price per serving: $1.28
- Total cost of meal: $2.55
- Time To Cook: 20 minutes (this includes cooking the pasta and frying the eggs)
If you’ve never tried it, spaghetti and eggs sounds like a really strange combination of flavors. However, this combination does actually work really well together. The author for this recipe comments that the egg yolk goes perfectly with the pasta sauce.
This recipe also feels like a perfect student dish. After all, the egg adds a bit more protein and flavor to a dish that would be fairly boring and typical otherwise. The recipe, at iamafoodblog.com, offers all the information you would need for the spaghetti portion of this recipe as well as for the egg.
6. Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew
- Price per serving: $2.03
- Total cost of meal: $16.20
- Time To Cook: 4 hours and 30 minutes (15 minutes prep time and 4 hours 15 minutes cook time)
Slow cookers can be used for all types of dishes, but to me a stew just seems the most logical. This particular recipe comes from budgetbytes.com and the site even offers a breakdown of how much the individual ingredients cost.
So, the recipe ends up being great because it is easy to make and because it is fairly inexpensive. It does make a large amount of stew, but that will mean lots of yummy leftovers. It is also possible to get small crock pots, which work really well for students. If you have one of those, you could probably cut down the recipe to make something that fits for you.
5. Creamy Green Lentil Dahl
- Price per serving: $1.20
- Total cost of meal: $4.80
- Time To Cook: 1 hour (5 minutes prep time and 55 minutes cook time)
Dahl is a fantastic choice for students on a budget, as lentils are cheap, store well, and are packed with nutrients. There are plenty of variations, including this green dahl recipe from thevegspace.co.uk.
The focus on green lentils increases the cooking time of the dahl and gives it a more distinctive texture. Many other recipes use red lentils instead. While these versions are delicious too, red lentils get very soft when cooked, giving you a mushy dahl. Green lentils hold their shape better, which makes this recipe simply fantastic.
4. Tuna Casserole with Potato Chips and Peas
- Price per serving: $1.13
- Total cost of meal: $6.75
- Time To Cook: 30 minutes (5 minutes prep time and 25 minutes cook time)
To me, the idea of potato chips in a tuna casserole sounds strange, but the combination seems to be quite popular. This recipe came from wildflourskitchen.com and it would be a cool choice for any student.
At first glance, the recipe might look like it has a lot of ingredients, but it really doesn’t. The dish itself is also fairly easy to make, which is always a plus. This is another recipe that makes good leftovers and would make enough for a group of people or just for a lot of leftovers.
3. Easy Baked Salmon
- Price per serving: $5.15
- Total cost of meal: $20.60
- Time To Cook: 30 minutes (10 minutes prep time and 20 minutes cook time)
Here’s another recipe for baking fish, but, this time, the recipe doesn’t rely on tinfoil. The recipe is clever because you’re cooking your fish and vegetables all together, so all the elements are getting some flavors from one another.
The end result makes for a quick and easy meal, especially if you throw in some boiled new potatoes or something else simple to finish it off. You can find all of the details for this recipe at sixsistersstuff.com.
2. Pesto Pita Bread Pizza
- Price per serving: $1.55
- Total cost of meal: $7.75
- Time To Cook: 35 minutes (15 minutes prep time and 20 minutes cook time)
I know I already mentioned one pita bread pizza, but this one was too good to ignore. This time, it comes from yummyhealthyeasy.com and I think the recipe just ties in so perfectly with the name of the site.
In general, pita bread works exceptionally well as a base for a pizza, especially if you’re serving just yourself. But, beyond that, I also really love the combination of flavors that this particular pizza recipe uses.
1. One Pot Chili Mac
- Price per serving: $2.88
- Total cost of meal: $11.50
- Time To Cook: 35 minutes (5 minutes prep time and 30 minutes cook time)
One pot meals are always fantastic for students because there is so little cleaning up to worry about. Plus, it’s better for the overall taste, because the pasta gets lots of flavor from all the other ingredients it is cooked with.
This is a more upmarket chili mac recipe too and Jenni from onesweetmess.com uses a range of ingredients to make this dish stand out.
Most Economical Type Of Cookware To Invest In
It’s hands down the best move to save money on food by cooking for yourself rather than going out. Sure, you can get a $2 hamburger or whatever from McDonalds, but you never really walk out of the restaurant spending just $2. You get a coke. You get some fries. You upgrade to large. That’s how they get you.
Cooking at home is a great way to save money, but it does require a little bit of investment and prepping to make it practical. That means investing in the right cookware, buying in bulk when possible, and meal prepping with in-season or soon-to expire fresh foods when you find deals.
One thing I ran into when I was cooking for myself as a bachelor living on my own was not actually know what type of cookware to use. Actually, what I did was quite dumb and I ruined tons of non-stick pans cooking with high heat.
12″ Stainless Steel Pan
So the first thing I want to recommend to you is to get a stainless steel pan and learn how to care for it. Stainless steel pans combine the best of all worlds of cooking. You get a durable, lifelong cooking tool, meaning it’s a one-time purchase (non-stick wears out over time, regardless). You also get a lightweight ergonomic pan to use, versus cast iron which is clunky and heavy.
I’ll also say don’t waste your money on buying a pan set. Buy a 12″ pan for generic cooking and that’s good enough. Maybe get a 8 quart pot for cooking soup and sauces, but pretty much just buy what you need, as you need it. There’s always 50% of tools in those pan sets that don’t get used. Though it’s technically cheaper “per item”, the total cost will be cheaper if you just buy what you use.
4-5 Quart Slow Cooker
A small slow cooker will also be insanely useful because you can leave these cooking all day for when you are too busy to cook. There’s no better budget killer than being starving on the way home and knowing you have to spend 30 minutes cooking something up so you just cheat and get fast food on the way home. Leave some roast cooking for 8 hours and you can whip up a side in 5 minutes real easy.
Small slow cookers are like $30 or you can probably find them for $10-$15 second hand. Someone might even be willing to give you one.
4-5 quarts is big enough, but go bigger if you plan to meal prep. You can do a huge piece of meat all Sunday, then meal prep Sunday night. Rice. Veggies. Done. Lunches or dinners for the week and you don’t have to think about it.
Cheapest Types of Meat
Everyone on a budget knows to buy staples in bulk to save money. Rice. Lentils. Beans. Beans are pretty cheap in a can and kind of hard to cook right, so maybe not those, but you’ll find a staple or a couple you enjoy and you can stick with those.
The rule of thumb for vegetables to buy in season, and with that in mind you can get a wide variety of flavors, textures, and colors in your diet.
The hard part for most people on a food budget is the meat. Actually, red meat is probably the most complicated, but let’s look at some other type of meats first.
Chicken is quite cheap, and the basic rule is the less cutting involved, the cheaper it is. A boneless thigh will be more expensive per pound than a bone-in one, and a chicken quarter will be cheaper per pound than a chicken thigh. You can actually buy whole chickens for quite cheap, but that’s a lot of time and work to debone them, and you might not enjoy the textures of all the parts of the chicken. Personally, I find chicken quarters to contain the most juicy and flavorful meat, and still be quite cheap. Great for grilling, frying, oven roasting, slow cooking, or sous vide!
Bone In Pork Butt
Not everyone likes pork because it can be so dry and its texture is unique among meats, but it’s cheap, and if you buy the right cut, it can taste delicious. Actually, I’m mostly including this here because of pulled pork, which makes a great sandwich filling, taco filling, or even a main dish.
Pork butts, especially those which still contain the bone, have better fat marbling than a pork shoulder, and are also cheaper. Anything with the bone in will simply have more flavor and be cheaper, so it’s a win-win.
Using a pork butt for a slow cooker is a pretty much what you should do here.
Ground beef can be as cheap as $0.99 or $1.99 per pound in many places in the USA, and the fattiest blends will provide you with more flavor, and more/longer satiation due to their fat content. Ya ya, I know there’s still a ridiculous war on fatty foods here in the USA, but if you look into it, I think you’ll be surprised at how healthy fatty meats are. Regardless of your opinion on all that, they do have more flavor, keep you full longer, and are cheaper.
Ground beef is extremely versatile. Personally, I just do salt and pepper and call it a day, but you can use ground beef in all types of international cuisine, including Middle Eastern, Asian, South American and European. Nothing beats meat and potatoes for a standard meal across the world (OK, meat and rice in Asia)
Chuck eye is a weird one you might not have heard of, but it’s becoming more popular as the price of meat goes up. I’ve heard it called “the poor man’s ribeye”, and I agree with that description. It’s tender (ish), and fatty, and costs half the price of a ribeye or less. Of course the tender part is relative. And the flavor isn’t as good either, but you get what you pay for.
For example, I always marinade my chuck eye steaks, but I would never marinade a ribeye. Just salt and pepper. Chuck eye flavor just isn’t…what’s the word…memorable. It’s just kind of meat flavor. Whereas a perfectly prepared ribeye from the right cow on the right farm will can be a conversation for dinner.
Chuck eye’s around here are like $6.99-$10.99 per pound, which is quite cheap for red meat. In fact, at certain times, it’s more economical to buy chuck eye rather than ground beef!
The trouble with this type of steak is preparing it properly. It can be super tough when overdone, and if you cook do it well enough, the fatty parts are quite stringy and floppy. Not yummy either way. When done perfectly at medium or medium rare, these steaks can be delicious. They can be good in a slow cooker too, as long as you cook them long enough to get past that “rock hard” stage and start to melt into the sauce. If you’re gonna do that though, you might as well buy the whole chuck roast.
Chuck roast is the larger sibling of the Chuck Eye, but with tougher parts of meat, so I’d only recommend this one in a slow cook for shredded beef. Same deal as with the pulled pork. Great for tacos, sandwiches, or mains. Just make sure to cook it long enough so the meat actually breaks apart. You might be surprised at how your chuck roast is hard as a rock at 6 hours, and then melt-in-your-mouth by 8 hours.
Tips For Keeping College Meals Cheap
As a student, you don’t have the money to build a fully stocked kitchen. That’s fine. Plenty of meals can be made with just a pot or two, a frypan, and a few other items.
However, some kitchen tools can make a huge difference, like a slow cooker or even a sous vide setup or an Instant Pot. Having a large pot so you can cook soups and stews is important too.
While you mightn’t have the budget to buy some of these products outright, you can probably find some other solutions. Try looking at thrift stores and yard sales, and asking friends. Plenty of people have kitchen tools that they’re not using, ones they wouldn’t mind lending out or even giving away.
The price of fruit and veggies varies dramatically by season. In-season produce tends to be relatively cheap, while the price increases quickly as you get away from the ideal season.
So, shop and plan your meals with this in mind. Many recipes work just as well if you swap the vegetables around. Why not experiment with doing so?
Farmers’ markets are often a great place for cheap vegetables. Community gardens and family friends might also have extras from a large harvest that they don’t mind passing on.
Buying in bulk is a fantastic way to cut down the cost of ingredients. This is particularly true for products like rice, lentils, and beans, ones that you’ll use for countless recipes. Meat can be excellent too, especially if you also manage to buy it on sale.
Care is needed though, as it’s easy to overspend when you’re buying in bulk. You could easily buy some foods because they’re cheap, but never actually get around to using them. This happens far too often.
This one is hardly a secret. Buying food when it’s on sale can save you a bundle. Remember you can always freeze foods if you don’t need them right now and come back to them later.
As with buying in bulk, the trick is to focus on foods you actually need (and will eat!).
Cooking big meals and freezing the leftovers is a fantastic way to save money. This is great for time too, as it means you already have meals prepared for those days when you have no energy left for cooking.
Of course, this only works if you have a large enough freezer, which isn’t the case for all students. If freezing isn’t an option, you might need to plan more carefully. For example, you might buy pork in bulk and cook a large batch of shredded pork. This can then be used in countless recipes.
Most budgeting advice suggests that you should cook meals from scratch and ditch almost all processed foods. One of the reasons is that fresh foods are just healthier, and better for your body and mind, but realistically, they will also keep you fuller longer. That gives you more bang for your buck. A $3 bag of chips might sounds satisfying for dinner, but what happens when you’re hungry in 3 hours? Another meal. Another cost. Do it right the first time, and you’ll be able to go without snacking, saving you even more money in your food budget.