10 Meal Ideas for Broke College Students
Long hours on campus can be grueling, especially on an empty stomach. Cafeteria and vending machine food is always extremely pricey, and it’s almost impossible to get a decent, affordable meal on a budget. I’ve created a list of 10 meal ideas for college students to bring to school with them to stay fed and sane. Each meal should cost $2 or less, an average of $10/week.
The ingredients listed are meant to be bought in bulk and parceled out to save money. Tupperware containers are also assumed to be available. Check the Dollar Tree for great deals on Tupperware!
10 College Meal Ideas for under $2
~ Canned soup ($1.25), ziplock of mixed veggies ($.25), tbsp hummus ($.25)
~ Egg salad sandwich ($1.25), handful of mixed nuts ($.75)
~ Protein bar ($1), tbsp peanut butter
~ Caesar salad (from salad kit, bring half in Tupperware save other half for dinner) ($1) , add ½ avocado and fresh tomato slices for ($1)
~ 2 Baja Cafe burritos ($1), ziplock of tortilla chips ($.25), tbsp salsa, dip or hummus ($.75)
~ Grilled cheese ($1), tomato soup ($1)
~ Small grilled and sliced chicken breast ($1.50), roasted veggies and brown rice ($.50)
~ ½ cup cottage cheese ($.50), hard boiled egg ($.25), slice of whole grain toast ($.25)
~ 2 slices of pizza (from frozen) ($1), ziplock of baby carrots ($.50), tbsp ranch dressing ($.25)
~ Frozen entree (Lean Cuisine, Hungry Man, etc.) ($2)
I have been struggling trying to budget for this upcoming school year, so I hope this helps out some other starving students (and everyone else!)