10 Ways to Eat Like a King on a Ramen Noodle Budget

Everything is so expensive! With prices rising and food costs higher than they were, how can you save money on food? This is particularly difficult for the large majority of Americans who are struggling with student loan payments from college.

How To Save on Food

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Buried in student debt? How can you live frugally and save money on food when you have huge student loan bills? Those are the questions someone recently asked.

Tips for Groceries

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Someone recently asked a popular frugal community forum, “How can I start living cost-effectively when I’m buried in student loan debt? I’m going to finish university with approximately $90k in debt. I have one year left and would like to make it count by living as minimally as possible.”

Tips To Save Money

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“What tips do you have for groceries, beverages, and anything else? I struggle with the groceries part, and I’m always hungry. So any tips would be greatly appreciated.” Here are the top-voted suggestions.

1. Add Filler

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“I recommend you add beans to your food. Rice with beans, ground meat with beans. It will add more volume, and your food will last a couple of extra days rather than just the meat itself,’ shared one.

I love adding beans to meals that would ordinarily be all meat. It’s a great way to save money and be healthier too!

2. Embrace Indian Recipes

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Another replied, “When I was in grad school, I made a small investment in spices and then taught myself a few Indian recipes. Chickpeas and lentils are cheap but dressed with the right spices, and they taste like a million bucks.”

Chickpeas and Lentils get a bad rap, but they taste delicious when prepare correctly. Buying spices is a cheap way to make them yummy. You can also make some great lentil soups that fill you up cheaply.

3. Do Some Research

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Someone suggested, “Check out resources your university may offer. For example, sometimes, they have food assistance programs or food distributions. If not, depending on what state you are from, you may be eligible for an EBT card which would help with groceries.”

There is no shame in getting help when you need it.

4. Meal Prep

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“Learn to prepare and freeze meals, so they are ready ahead of time, helping you avoid ordering fast food. Look up on YouTube plenty of cheap meal prep options. Try oatmeal for lunch and add protein powder,” another replied.

Being organized and having food in the freezer will keep you from impulse-buying expensive fast food.

5. Use Everything

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One expressed, “Use everything. Vegetable scraps can go in the freezer until you have enough to make broth, stir fry can incorporate unexpected leftovers, and freeze leftovers if they are likely to spoil before you can get to them.”

Get creative! A simple Rotisserie chicken can be used all week to make good and filling meals before using the bones to make stock.

6. Have Small but Filling Meals

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“Instead of eating, you can always do a shake to fill up. Get the classic noodle meals under a dollar and look into making energy balls, which are also oatmeal and protein and are generally cheap,” answered another.

Look for ways to keep your costs down low but your health intact.

7. Replace Your Meats

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“Replace meat with things like chickpeas, lentils, and beans. It’s about 1/10th of the price and often the same amount of protein per meal. These kinds of foods also pair well with another cheap staple, rice. Buy rice in bulk to save money. Asian markets are the best place for bulk rice,” one stated.

Meat and chicken are expensive and not necessary for a healthy diet. Cutting down on the amount of animal-based proteins you eat will save you a lot of money, and it’s healthier for you!

8. Start With a Common Base and Change It Daily

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One shared, “Hot oatmeal makes a nice breakfast. You can make it more filling with peanut butter, frozen fruit, and nuts. The nuts are usually cheaper if you buy them in the baking aisle. I like almonds, but walnuts tend to be a lot cheaper.”

Another added, “This works well because you can start with a staple and change the fillers daily to make it different.”

I love making building blocks for meals at the beginning of the week. Not only does it save me money, but it makes my week easier!

9. Dress up Some Burrito Bowls

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“One meal we’ve been loving is a burrito bowl. We do rice, beans cooked with spam, and salsa on top. If you have cheese or sour cream on your hand, throw that on top,” said one. “Look for marked-down items about to go out of date. For example, sometimes I find meat marked down because the date will expire in a day or so.”

This is so smart! Don’t forget to sign up for cashback apps, like Ibotta, to take advantage of those deals as well.

10. Get Creative With Soup

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“Soups are nutritionally optimal, and you can create great flavor and get a lot of nutrients with what you add. For example, you can make a giant pot of chicken noodles, beef stew, or veggie soup that lasts a few days. Even more, if you freeze it for later,” a final user commented.

I love soup! I make soup all the time, and not only is it a perfect meal any time of year, but it’s a great way to save money and fill up your freezer.


10 Best Money-Saving Tips People Learned By Being Frugal That Save Them Money

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10 Times Being Frugal Crosses Over Into Cheapskate Territory

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Frugal or cheap? Sometimes being frugal crosses into cheapskate territory.

Are there frugal practices you think are too much hassle for the savings or just too self-denying of pleasure? You’ve got company. After someone asked a popular online frugal community for examples, they responded.

10 Times Being Frugal Crosses Over Into Cheapskate Territory

10 Examples of When Being Frugal Crosses Over to Cheapskate

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Saving money and being frugal are admirable qualities, but there comes a point where frugality can cross the line into cheapness. While being mindful of your spending can help you achieve your financial goals, being a cheapskate can harm your relationships, reputation, and even your own well-being.

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The Big Scam: 18 Things That Are Really Just One Giant Rip-Off

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We’ve compiled a list of 18 things that are secretly just one big scam. Get ready to uncover the truth about some of the biggest rip-offs out there!

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From Ok Boomer To Eye Roll: Gen Z and Millennials Are Sick and Tired of These 28 Boomer Comments

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Older generations love giving advice and telling younger people things. While there are plenty of life lessons to learn from older people, young people are tired of hearing some of what boomers have to say.

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