Thrifty Threads: 5 Recipes for Students on a Budget

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Thrifty Threads 5 Recipes for Student on a Budget

Editor’s note: Students who have gotten into college may be working at a financial disadvantage early on because of the tuition costs. As a result, they are forced to cut down on their personal costs and take jobs on the side to support their education. To help you maintain a thrifty yet productive lifestyle, this post offers cheap, quick, and easy recipes to keep your stomach full.

If you’re a student who lives alone in a dorm or apartment, going out to eat, taking out food and calling for delivery may have become your everyday deal to survive. But if you suddenly realized the need to cut down your expenses, don’t be afraid to try and cook on your own. Try these easy recipes that could help you keep your wallet and stomach happy.

1. Fish Fillet

First on the list is this fried fish fillet which is a great recipe to try if you’re tight on budget. This dish includes fish fillet, oil for frying, evaporated milk, egg, bread crumbs, salt and pepper, and lemon or calamansi.

To bring more zest to the fish, marinate it first with lemon or calamansi extract and salt and pepper to taste. In another bowl, combine the egg and milk. For the crumbs to stick onto the fish, dip the marinated fish to the egg and milk mixture fully first. Take it out from the dip and cover it with crumbs. Fry the fish fillet until golden brown. Chips can be paired with this dish as well as with rice. Dip it in mayonnaise for more flavor that can complement the crispy texture of the fish.

2. Potato Soup

If the weather’s too cold or you don’t feel well, try this incredibly easy and cheap dish to give you warmth and comfort. The ingredients include peeled and cubed potatoes, chopped celery with its leaves, chopped onion, milk, and salt and pepper to taste.

When they are all ready, put the potatoes, onions and celery in a saucepan. Add enough water to boil them and simmer until the potatoes turn soft. Mash the potatoes or you may also leave a few potato cubes if desired. Slowly add the milk in the saucepan until the soup becomes thick. Add salt and pepper accordingly and you may now enjoy a light and healthy meal.

3. Pasta Carbonara

Pasta carbonara is a very simple dish that anyone can do perfectly with their own style. It basically only needs pasta, cream, sliced ham into square bits, salt and pepper, and garlic to prepare. First is to cook the pasta. To save time while waiting for the pasta to turn soft, add the garlic and ham in another cooking pan. Add the cream gradually and salt and pepper.

You may also put parmesan cheese if you have one to add more flavor. Stir in low heat for a few minutes. When the pasta is already cooked, add and mix it with the cream sauce to finish. You may also get a little generous with this dish by adding more ingredients aside from the ham like broccoli, button mushroom and others.

3. Grilled Hotdogs

One may not be from the Best Accounting School, Philippines to appreciate the yumminess of grilled hotdogs as this will surely satisfy your appetite with its savory taste. Hotdog is a great comfort food for both children and adults. Grilling a decent hotdog is made easily. What you need to do is only to put it over the grill or hot fire until it’s sufficiently heated through. Make sure you take out the skin.

Once removed from the griller, you will notice that the center of the hotdog will be moist while the edges will be dried. To prevent this, the solution is to cut the edges before grilling and have the slits open. This is to allow heat to reach the center quickly.

5. Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Now, if you’re craving for nuggets but you can’t afford to spend more, here is a perfect solution that even promotes a better diet than ordering from outside. You would only need squared chicken breasts, eggs, cornmeal, flour, and pepper to do this dish.

In a bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal and pepper. Beat the egg in another bowl. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture then into the dry mix for coating. Fry the chicken nuggets until golden brown. This can be enjoyed at any time of the day whether you want to eat it for breakfast, lunch or snack.


With these recipes to follow, saving some money and living a healthier diet are guaranteed for you. So get adventurous and try cooking with other ingredients and recipes as well and you might just find yourself to be a great and wealthy chef.

Authors Bio: Yyanna Reema Marquez is a writer based in Manila, Philippines. A graduate student from Lyceum of the Philippines University -Laguna and now an Interior Design student, she loves to eat ice cream and watch basketball games. Follow her on Twitter.

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