Broke college student needs ideas for food to eat to survive

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  1. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America

    I'm broke. I've got $20 to my name and it has to last me two week until my next paycheck. This money is for food only, because if I don't have food I will die of starvation. I've been eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But I'm starting to get sick of them.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for other types of (really) cheap food to eat? Note this $20 has to last me a whole 14 days. Suggestions are appreciated. :)
  2. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Roman noodles are good.
    Trying to bum off friends works as well. Often time there are females who have money to burn on their meal plan and will feed you. That is how I got by generally the last 2 weeks of the semester was bumming off female friends who do not eat as much.
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    The corner is a nice option...:D :D :p :eek:

    Joking, aside. If you are tech savy, try contacting friends and friends of friends that need computer related services.

    Anything you can do in terms of abilities also works to your favor.
  4. Firestar macrumors 68020


    Sep 30, 2010
    221B Baker Street.
    Ramen. :)

    These are fine, just the noodles, spices (included), and water are required.
  5. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    +1 for ramen
    Here in AZ I can buy 12 maruchan packets for $1.80...but I prefer the Indian version of it as its more spicy (but slightly packet is around 50 cents here...)
    Good luck!
  6. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool
    cup noodle?

    I lived on ramen noodles, and cup noodle in college.
  7. Rt&Dzine, Dec 2, 2010
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2011

    Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2008
    • Potatoes.
    • Grocery stores that have free samples (often on the weekends).
  8. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    There is so much you can eat from the free samples before eyebrows are raised.
  9. MultiM macrumors 6502


    May 9, 2006
    TO. I've moved!
    How about the local Food Bank? Does the college have a similar program? I know the local university and a couple of colleges here do....
  10. einmusiker macrumors 68030


    Apr 26, 2010
    Location: Location:
    like others said, ramen and cup o noodles will sustain you. you'll live
  11. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Pawn something.

  12. geekgirl macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2007
    Is there a food bank in your area? If so, definitely take advantage of it. Go there first, and use what cash you have to supplement that food with a little meat (chicken legs and thighs are inexpensive), and other perishables. This is what food banks are for - for people who are struggling.

    Focus on foods that are filling. You can get a bag of potatoes for as little as $3 (sometimes, you can get a 10lb bag for that!). With that bag, you can make a variety of different dishes (mashed, steamed, fried, baked, etc.). This can supplement meat or eggs, or you can eat them on their own (I like to saute diced potatoes, onion, in olive oil, adding Lawry's seasoned salt for flavor).

    Use spices to add variety. Don't forget an onion or two, for adding flavor. You can also toss cooked pasta with a little olive oil or butter, and spices, and make a tasty, filling dinner. The Hunts Spaghetti sauce varieties that are sold in cans are usually about a $1 in my area, and it's good for at least three meals if you are just feeding yourself.

    I'm sorry that you are going through this, and I hope that you can get some help. Good luck!
  13. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2006
    Adding a scrambled egg is also very good. That is the only way I eat them.
  14. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    Do you have a Dollar Tree store nearby? They have all sorts of food in there for a buck and many food items are multipacks. Also, eggs are cheap and can be made into a variety of dishes if you get tired of noodles. Our local Walmart also has Banquet TV dinners for $0.88 if you feel like you can spend a little more on an individual meal.
  15. takao macrumors 68040


    Dec 25, 2003
    Dornbirn (Austria)
    well if you have a kitchen available there are many choices available:
    big bags of dry pasta are rather cheap, so are potatoes, rice, carots, and onions for basic ingredients
    also go for seasonal fruits and vegtables

    premade pesto/sugo cans might last 3 meals but a big serving can also be made rather easy with carots, onions and a can of tomatoes and a little seasoning

    what also helps is simply cooking more and keeping 'leftovers' for later

    for a rather filling and warm dessert: sweetened Semolina porridge
    can even be made in a microwave oven if you take care and open the oven for stirring from time to time
    you can also add jelly or fruits instead of sugar when cooked
    or you can cool it down and eat it more like a pudding
  16. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Definitely use potatoes and eggs as posted above.

    I would say get potatoes, olive oil (or lard preferably if you can find it and it is not too expensive), eggs, salt, and multi-vitamins.

    That way you can get enough protein, fat, cholesterol, carbs, calories, salt and nutrients to survive. Plus not feel like you are starving, just saute everything in the lard. Well take the multi-vitamin with water:rolleyes:.

    Get nothing that is prepared that is just an added expense.

    I would nix the Ramen noodles they just have too little nutritional value.
  17. Malsi macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    1. See if you could sell your body to scientific research.
    2. Learn to play the violin like a pro and hang around sporting events with the violin case left open to collect tips. There is this guy here in St Louis who makes anywhere from 200-400 dollars after every cardinals game by just playing the saxophone. And he isn't even that good.
    3. Become a stripper.
    4. Sell a kidney on the black market.
    5. Work out and get a really hot body and rent it out like an escort.
    6. Depending on where you live, drive a cab part time, it's good money and some companies let you drive the car home.
    7. Win the lottery.
    8. Do like me and wish and wish that a Post Truck bumps the back of my van everytime I'm infront of one at a stoplight.
    9. Sell your blood - some blood banks actually pay.
    10. Sell your sperm - they may pay too.
    11. Rob a bank.
    12. Go to one of the diamond mines in Africa and hope you could find a huge diamond without getting caught.
    13. Become a patent troll.
    14. Start your own religion online and ask for donations to build your place of worship.
    15. Take out a loan from the bank or through financial aid.
    16. Learn to pick pocket people.
    17. Stop going to school and join the military. (I only recommend this as a last resort)
    18. Start a website and find a way to get high traffic to it inorder to raise up clicks on the adds.
    19. Sell pot.
    20. Find a rich girl/guy, swoon them, and have them buy you stuff.
  18. Peterkro macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2004
    Communard de Londres
    Buy the ingredients and make a big pot of Dahl,the longer you keep it (within reason) the better it tastes and it's nutritionally well balanced.
  19. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    10 lbs potatoes,
    3 dozen eggs,
    10 boxes of dry pasta
    some cheap olive oil

    and there should be enough left for some canned veggies
  20. Malsi macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2009
    St. Louis, MO

    I just wanted to say that your signature brought a chuckle out of me.
  21. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Exactly. Here's a very nice and easy recipe (at the very end of that page). :)

    Actually...let me just quote it here:

  22. RawBert macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    I know a dude who does that. It's a quick way to get like 40 bucks.

    Ramen's really good with lime and hot sauce. Although it has a lot of sodium so you can't live off that.

    Churches sometimes give away food. :eek:
  23. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    I am also a broke college student and need to to eat cheap. I have been living off of rice for a while.

    Plus there are tons of varieties. And White rice goes with almost anything else.

    (I hate ramen noodles)
  24. coochiekuta macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2010
    here and there
    many hotels have free breakfast in the morning. ive had meetings at conference rooms of several and have had free food without actually staying there.

    buy some coffee one day and save your cup. the next day go for a refill.

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