Time and money are precious commodities to college students living off of borrowed money and limited time.
Here are a few simple time and money savers to make the most of your money and time in the kitchen:
--save space in your cabinets, money in your wallet, and time in your day
--dried bouillons $1.55 for a six cube packet (12 cups) vs. $4.50 for store-made carton (4 cups)
--homemade stock is better, but given the time and effort to make it, I usually opt for the above.
9. Limit grocery shopping to once / week.
--returning 2-3 times / week is likely to increase your spending on additional items with each trip
--it's also a waste of time going back and forth to the store
8. Make a menu
--even if only one meal / day is planned, this will keep your shopping focused
--make your list, stick to it, and go once a week
7. Buy in bulk, especially meats on sale and other items you can prep and freeze
--look out for sales on your higher priced items, and when possible, buy 2-3 times the amount
--once you get home, portion them into freezer-safe containers for future use
--money and timed saved on both ends
6. Invest in good-quality Tupperware.
--after shopping in bulk, have a set of containers that seal properly and can store your foods.
--prep veggies when you get home from the store so that they are ready for salads and snacking
--freeze additional amounts of soups, pasta sauces, casseroles in proper containers and freezer bags
5. Store-bought Roasted Chicken.
--one of the best time savers there is
--master the limitless options with Roasted Chicken
--chicken salad, chicken enchiladas, roasted chicken, chicken noodle soup, chicken quesadillas
--just to name a few
4. Skip the meat.
--become vegetarian 2-3 x per week
--this is one of the ultimate ways to cut your grocery budget
3. Drink more water and make your own tea and coffee.
--skip the soda, alcohol, energy drinks.
--buy a good thermos to take with you to class or the library
2. Cook in bulk.
--double batches of spaghetti sauce, meatballs, soups, stews, pasta bakes
--make sure you have the containers (mentioned under no. 6) to store and freeze the extras
1. Learn to cook.
--next to skipping meat for a few days, this can make a huge difference
--even just learning a few skills, like making eggs, omelet, searing a pork chop, or making a sauce
--limit dining out (even fast food), another budget-buster, and eat leftovers.
--doesn't always save time, but it will save money and is usually healthier for you
(Compiled from my own experience as well as from friends' and family members' advice)