Let’s face it- unless mommy and daddy are paying for everything, or you inherited a lot of money, you’re going to be on a tight budget in college. Life is expensive, and college is the first opportunity for many people to find that out the hard way!
The good news is there are a few great options for you. Here’s a list of some cheap food every college student on a budget needs to know about to get through the next few years.
Food #1: Eggs
Eggs are great! There are a bunch of ways to prepare them, they’re full of protein and they’re relatively inexpensive.
The protein part is especially important, because they help keep you full. You can load up on other foods if you want, but without enough protein you’ll quickly be wanting more.
Another great thing about eggs is that they go well with a lot of other things. Mixing a few eggs in pasta is a great way to get carbs, protein and healthy fats.
Food #2: Pasta
You could go with ramen noodles if you want, but there are plenty of other options to try as well.
The great thing about pasta is that almost every kind is cheap! Ramen, spaghetti, linguini, angel hair, etc. Even certain kinds of ravioli are inexpensive.
Another good thing about pasta is that it fills you up quickly. It won’t sustain you for very long because it has almost zero protein or fat, but if you combine it with something else that does have those things, you’re set. So some ramen noodles with eggs will fill you up and hold you over for a while with very little cost.
Food #3: Milk
Milk has a bit of everything- fat, protein and muscle. But it is especially filling and is amazingly cheap. Since you can buy a gallon of milk for just a few bucks, it’s a great way to get the calories you need without spending a lot of money.
In fact, that’s why a lot of bodybuilders use milk to bulk up. It’s a relatively cheap source of calories, but the protein and fat help you stay satisfied and happy.
Besides- you need milk for that mac and cheese you’re going to make, right?
Food #4: Spam
If you’ve never had Spam before, it may sound disgusting! Even though it is meat, it’s sometimes advertised or thought of as something that isn’t “real meat”.
But spam has the nutrients you need to keep you feeling full, plus it doesn’t taste half bad. A lot of college students on a budget will put spam in pasta or on some crackers. Throw in some hot sauce, and you’ve got a somewhat tasty meal!
Food #5: Anything Canned
Even though Spam is technically canned, it stands in its own realm.
But really, anything that’s canned is a great choice for a college student. These foods are typically cheaper than if you buy fresh or frozen, but they’re just as filling.
Plus, canned fish and chicken is already cooked. You don’t have to do anything to prepare it, you can even pull it straight out of the can and eat it.