How many of us students feel like this? However it isn't as hard as you think. You can make quick meals, for cheap food that tastes good! Who wouldn't want that? Below I will share with you some tips I have been told and that I have 'discovered' since I started university in 2012 (seems like ages ago now).
1. If you are sharing your accommodation then why not ask your flat mates if they want to split the cost of the food and cook something together? This makes it less of a chore and you might actually have some fun!
2. Make sure you have the basic utensils to cook. These can be found at places such as Asda, Tesco, Poundshop and Wilkinson's and buying them won't break your bank account. Having these will make cooking much easier and less of a hassle.
3. Sometimes bulk buying can be good and save you money and time. However, if you don't know your week plan and won't be around then your food is only going to go to waste so bulk buy wisely!
4. Buy the cheap essentials foods. These can be stored for a while without going off. Some examples beans, pasta and rice. These are useful to have in the colder months when you just don't want to go out!
5. Meat can be expensive, so you if can't afford it then try to eat vegetarian food. It doesn't taste as bad as people think. Here's some quick vegetarian recipes you could try.
6. This next one links into budgeting. When you go to the supermarket try to avoid impulse buys! Most of the time chocolates and sweets are on offer and you think you are getting a great bargain. But it all adds up when you get to the till. Try to write a list and stick to it. This way you can plan your meals out in advance and also have some money left over to go out and have some fun.
7. Another great tip that I know works is to shop at the end of the day. This way stock is reduced (not faulty) as they need to get rid of it to put new stock out. (I have managed to get a £15 shop for £5 before, bargain!). Most of the time the food will be going off the same or next day so only buy it if your planning to eat it ASAP!
8. The last tip, which I believe is the most important one, is to make sure your kitchen is clean! You do not want to get ill two days before your exam. This takes 5-10 minutes and if maintained on a daily basis is super easy to do.
We also have a board full of cooking tips all for you! http://www.pinterest.com/ntuoutreach/cooking-tips/
Author: Sharon Bains
Editor(s): Siba Munsanje
Editor(s): Siba Munsanje