How to eat healthier and cheaper on a student budget

Student budget

Student budgets limit your meals out your meals out a lot, especially if you want to get the odd takeaway and go on nights out . Here some tips from fellow student, on how to survive cheaper and healthier.

Meal preparation
Make sure your lunches are done for the week by preparing them all on a Sunday. Nobody likes it but it works to save money.

Set a shopping listImage result for spice and herb rack

If you are preparing your lunches before hand its also good to set out a shopping list of what to buy. If you plan out what meals your going to have each night this will stop you overspending on silly things

Buy Herbs and Spices
Stock up on cumin and gram Marsala for spiced dishes, and if you’re feeling something smoky you can use paprika and chicken seasoning. Other key herbs and spices for taste would be basil, coriander, oregano, and thyme. Although buying herbs and spices fresh tastes wonderful, to save money its best not to..

Don’t punish yourselfImage result for costa coffee
Trying to eat health and cheap is hard, so often it is nice to treat yourself to something. whether you want a coffee at your local coffee shop, or a cake from one of the bigger chains like Costa its always good to treat yourself a little bit, or what you got to look forward to as a student ?

Try and spruce up your packed lunch
couscous is a cheap and easy way to spice up your lunchbox. Better for you, and has much more flavour then a sandwich couscous is the ultimate super-food. Throw it in a salad with carrots and lettuce, maybe a bit of humus or whatever you had for dinner the night before it doesn’t matter because couscous is the easy and healthy way of spicing your lunch up.

Buy cupboard staples like oats and pasta
Pasta is a sure fire winner.Easy to cook and with the right herbs and spices always tasting good pasta is the number 1 meals students go to.Oats are also Image result for 10kg bag of pastaan unnoticed and underappreciated cupboard staple. Be it for breakfast with milk, or even making them into cookies oats are very useful

House dinners
What are friends for at uni right? It brings everyone closer together and saves you all money if you have a house dinner all together

Buy fresh produce loose
Why buy packs and packs of onions and peppers you don’t need?? Its a mystery to me too, its easier for you and saves you a lot more money when you buy fresh and loose vegetables and fruit. Don’t be fooled by the big packs that say ‘one onion is 14p’ because you wont eat all those onions in the pack before they go mouldy

Buy in bulk

Types of food that you must be in bulk are ones that keep for a long time. You need to store pasta, milk (make sure you freeze it),  tomato tins (make sure you buy pasta not ready made pasta sauces) and so on. Also buying in bulk for meat and fish is crucial. A good place for that in Northampton is the Farmfoods, located at   St James’ Rd, Northampton NN5 5LE.

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Student budget meals

Student budget

Everyone who is a student knows how hard it is to manage your money. Often as a student you will find yourself looking at your bank account and being way further into your overdraft then you thought you were. One of these reasons is for many students its the first time they have had to buy and cook for themselves. So instead of buying some overpriced ready meal for £3.50. I’m going to show show you a couple of simple and tasty meals you can cook for yourselves for under £1! These our Toby Fullicks One Pound Meals (or less). All ingredients on this page are brought from ASDA.

Oven Fried Chicken with Homemade Coleslaw 

Total price = £0.80


  • 3 chicken drumsticks – 50p  (6 drumsticks for £1)
  • 5ml of vegetable oil – 6p (1ltr of vegetable oil for £1.20)
  • 1 tsp of Cajun spice – 7p (50 g for 79p)
  • 1 egg – 8p (15 eggs for £1.19)
  • ¼ onion – 2p (1kg of onions 59p)
  • 1 carrot – 5p (pack of 10 for 50p)
  • 40g of flour – 1p (1.5kg of flour for 45p)
  • 6g of white cabbage – 5p (1.3kg of white cabbage for £1.03)
  • 50g of mayonnaise – 4p (500g of mayonnaise for 40p)

How to make it

Oven Fried Chicken

  1. Whisk the egg in one bowl.
  2. In another bowl mix the Cajun spice with the flour.
  3. Dip each drumstick in the egg once, then the flour, and then repeat.
  4. Place the chicken on an oven tray and put in the oven for 30 minutes on 375 degrees F or gas mark 5.
  5. For a good crisp add the oil over the chicken half way through.


  1. Chop the onion, white cabbage, and carrot into small fine slices.
  2. Place in a bowl and mix the mayonnaise in.
  3. Put the coleslaw in a small bowl and serve on plate with the fried chicken

Spanish Chicken

All together = 84p


  • 200 g chopped tomatoes – 15p (400g for 30p)
  • 1tsp paprika – 4p (50 g for 49p)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano – 4p (50g for 49p)
  • ¼ pepper – 7p ( 3 peppers for 70p)
  • ¼ onion – 2p (1kg of onions 59p)
  • 1 chicken thigh – 29p (7 chcien thighs for £1.99)
  • 100 grams of rice – 4p (1kg rice for 40p)
  • 1 garlic clove – 3p (10 garlic clove for 30p)
  • 5 ml of vegetable oil – 6p (1ltr of vegetable oil for £1.20)
  • Half a green chilli – 10 p (3 chillies for 60p)


How to make it

  1. Chop the pepper and onions into chunks.
  2. Chop the garlic into thin slices.
  3. Put the rice on to boil till soft.
  4. Add 10ml of oil to the frying pan and leave for a minute.
  5. Fry the onion, peppers, garlic and chillies for 3 mins then add the diced chicken thigh.
  6. Put the gas on a low heat and add the 200 g of chopped tomatoes.
  7. Add the tbsp of dried oregano and paprika
  8. Mix it in and let the sauce simmer
  9. Serve up the rice with the Spanish chicken on the side