By Courtney Mata |Staff Writer|
We all know that life as a college student can have a big price tag.
Students already have an obligation to pay for books and classes.
We also know every one has to eat, that’s a fact.
Most students rely on Top Ramen to survive their college years. Not true!
“Top Ramen is good, but as a college student, I need more brain food,” said student Denice Ahumada.
Ahumada feels that the best way to save money is to create large meals and then save them. “Leftovers might not be everyone’s favorite, but it is definitely cheaper than going out to eat,” said Ahumada.
Ahumada’s favorite meals to create consist of rice, chicken and stir fry vegetables. “I love using rice, because it is cheap and filling,” said Ahumada.
When visiting her apartment, I was instantly greeted by an aroma of a home cooked meal.
The cooking process can take up to an hour, but if you make enough food that will last you a week, then thats not to shabby of a wait time.
Ahumada explains that although leftovers can seem redundant, she’d probably get more tired of those fast food dollar menus.
Ahumada is not the only one that loves leftovers. Student Sara Loza said, “The best way to save money on food is to go home for the weekend.”
Whenever Loza visits her family, she is sure to grab a take out box so she can grab some leftovers for the week.
“My mom always overcooks and leaves lots of leftovers, which is better for me,” said Loza.
Leftovers are a great way to save money, but it is not the only way.
Many students told me that TV dinners, Top Ramen and canned food are also a cheap resource.
Another way to save money on food is to use coupons. The Coyote Coupon Club offers exclusive coupons for students.
Visiting websites like Pinterest can help you find recipes for cheap meals.
Recently, I explored my Pinterest and found many low cost recipes. One of them was called, “Poor Man’s Soup.”
Pour man’s soup consists of ground beef, a bag of frozen vegetables and cut up potatoes.
Poor man’s soup can last a long time and can be made easily in a Crock-Pot.
Everyone has to eat, but not everyone has to pay the big price tag.
If you are ever hungry and looking for a quick bite, remember all the savings you can get by just cooking your own food at home with these simple tips!