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1. Today I made my first meal by myself at university and to be honest, I cheated. I bought pasta, which is fair enough, but then I bought random sauce and put it on with parmesan and ate it, it was not home made The pasta was 99p for a kilogram, and I maybe used a fifth of it at most, so that's 20p for pasta. The sauce was £1.25, and the cost of the parmesan was negligible, which brings it round to about £1.50 altogether. If you count the apricots I ate afterwards £2.50.

I have heard that it is possible to eat a meal with a net cost of less than £1, and (one of) my ambitions is to see just how low I can bring this cost. 20p for pasta is a good start, and I have tomatoes for 20p - 25p each, which is about 45p, but pasta and tomatoes isn't so good. I want a proper meal, only one course to keep it simple, but it has to be something I would consider giving to, say, a girl I was trying to impress despite having spent my entire student loan somehow.

Any good ideas?
2. you need to make your own sauce to be cheaper

eg. fry half an onion and half a chilli (both chopped), then add a small can of chopped tomatoes and some salt and pepper (black pepper works well)

should be under 80p to make that, then 20p for the pasta

done

or you could just do baked potatoes, with cheese and beans (own band obvs)
3. (Original post by 2^1/2)
you need to make your own sauce to be cheaper

eg. fry half an onion and half a chilli (both chopped), then add a small can of chopped tomatoes and some salt and pepper (black pepper works well)

should be under 80p to make that, then 20p for the pasta

done

or you could just do baked potatoes, with cheese and beans (own band obvs)
I'm gonna try that sometime....
4. Or try macaroni cheese, you only need a blob of butter, a tbsp of flour (cost of both negligable), milk (half a pint for 1 person? so about 30p?) and cheese - ok that could be a bit more expensive. and again pasta - incidently my boyfriend is 6 ft and does 2 hours intense rowing training every day, and only eats 100g-150g pasta at a meal, if you're eating 200g you're probably eating more than you actually need, so can prob reduce the cost to about 10p!!

typically as a student you will eat lots of carbs - pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, as they are cheap and initially filling. however try to introduce some cheap protein in to your diet - milk, eggs, meat/fish which is reduced (eat it that day!), bacon, sausages, as these will keep you full long term.
5. (Original post by 2^1/2)
you need to make your own sauce to be cheaper

eg. fry half an onion and half a chilli (both chopped), then add a small can of chopped tomatoes and some salt and pepper (black pepper works well)

should be under 80p to make that, then 20p for the pasta

done

or you could just do baked potatoes, with cheese and beans (own band obvs)
What I was going to suggest lol
6. Or try macaroni cheese, you only need a blob of butter, a tbsp of flour (cost of both negligable), milk (half a pint for 1 person? so about 30p?) and cheese - ok that could be a bit more expensive. and again pasta - incidently my boyfriend is 6 ft and does 2 hours intense rowing training every day, and only eats 100g-150g pasta at a meal, if you're eating 200g you're probably eating more than you actually need, so can prob reduce the cost to about 10p!!

typically as a student you will eat lots of carbs - pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, as they are cheap and initially filling. however try to introduce some cheap protein in to your diet - milk, eggs, meat/fish which is reduced (eat it that day!), bacon, sausages, as these will keep you full long term.
7. Risotto is pretty cheap to make, because you'll be able to get more than one portion out of a piece of parmesan cheese and a packet of risotto rice.
8. 9p Jelly Cubes ...

... I'll say no more.
9. You can buy a 300g pot of creme fraiche for £1 at Sainsburys and Tescos, that will easily cover four portions of pasta - so 25p Then one or two mushrooms, maybe 1/3rd a courgette, maybe 2 rashers of bacon. A DELICIOUS meal for £1!!! You could even add a clove of garlic and grate a bit of cheese in.

It's much easier to go halves with a friend though, to stop things going out of date when you use them in such small portions.
10. Buy pasta in large amounts. Buy fruit and veg from Lidl if you have one nearby. Half a cup of lentils, half an onion, one clove of garlic, half a carrot, half a pepper, and a few handfuls of pasta makes enough for two/three people (or a few nights in a row for one), for less than a pound. A bit more expensive if you grate cheese on top, and cheaper if you use rice instead of pasta.
11. (Original post by Bobifier)
I have heard that it is possible to eat a meal with a net cost of less than £1
...
but it has to be something I would consider giving to, say, a girl I was trying to impress despite having spent my entire student loan somehow.
Said girl would then define the term 'cheap date'.
12. (Original post by modgepodge)
milk (half a pint for 1 person? so about 30p?)
Woah, that's a heck of a lot of milk for one portion of macaroni cheese!
13. What if I add a condition that I can't stand huge amounts of carbohydrates by themselves? Then we realise that the only student meal anyone knows is macaroni cheese
14. I got 3 packs of supernoodles for £1 today haha!
15. Asda's own brand sauces are relatively cheap and last for two meals, but you could easily make your own sauce with onions, tinned chopped tomatoes,herbs etc. For quick snacks I like cup-a-soups (again, Asda's own brand "good for you" ) with a slice of bread. If you want to make stir-fry, choose cheap vegetables like carrots and, if you want peppers, choose the smart-price ones as they might not be the most pleasant looking ones but taste fine once cooked.
You can also buy mince in bulk and freeze most of it off, and put a small portion in your tomato sauce to give it some texture!
16. (Original post by tieyourmotherdown)
9p Jelly Cubes ...

... I'll say no more.
17. (Original post by Bobifier)
What if I add a condition that I can't stand huge amounts of carbohydrates by themselves? Then we realise that the only student meal anyone knows is macaroni cheese
How about making a stew and freezing individual portions? Root vegetables are usually quite cheap.
18. You can buy supermarkets own brand pasta sauce in large jars for much less than that. Don't buy Dolmios or anything like that, it's expensive!

It's VERY possible to eat cheap, and you might find that if you ate a little less pasta each meal, you could make one bag stretch to six meals instead of five? It's all about the little things!
19. (Original post by Gemma :)!)
You can buy supermarkets own brand pasta sauce in large jars for much less than that. Don't buy Dolmios or anything like that, it's expensive!

It's VERY possible to eat cheap, and you might find that if you ate a little less pasta each meal, you could make one bag stretch to six meals instead of five? It's all about the little things!
I know, today was just a horrific lapse, I was passing the Tesco Express on my way back to my house and I needed something to eat when I got there. I probably won't do it again.

Actually, I ate too much pasta this meal, it was a kilogram bag which according to the directions should last for 10 100g portions, but I realised that I hadn't got any scales, so I had to kind of guess and I didn't realise how big my bowl was.

The list is currently something along the lines of:
Macaroni cheese
Make your own pasta sauce
Stew. I liked the stew idea. I even have a recipe for stew

Can anybody think of things that involve frying? I like frying
20. Usually it's best to try and cook big meals and freeze the excess for later. It works out far cheaper and is usually quicker in the long run. For instance, I can make a big pot of curry which works out easily less than 1.50 a meal, if not even less.

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