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Cheap eats - How to eat without having spending a small fortune

Updated on March 13, 2012

Food prices are spiralling out of control and it is getting more and more difficult to eat on a budget, however, provided you buy the right foods and eat the right meals it is possible to eat well, i.e. get all the vitamins, nutrients and minerals you need without having to spend a small fortune. So, for some suggested cheap eats, make sure you carry on reading.....

1) Pasta

Pasta is a cheap food source that is high in carbohydrates, which is good to keep your energy levels up, and low in fat and calories. Pasta is a staple food item that everyone should have in their food cupboard. There are loads of different types of pasta, such as spaghetti, penne and lasagne to name just a few, and it is very versatile, which means there are loads of different pasta meals you can make.

Pasta can be used as the primary dish of a main meal or it can be used to bulk up a meal. The best thing is pasta is very cheap. Pasta is a dried food that can be kept for months and there are even more savings to be had by buying in bulk.

2) Rice

Rice is another cheap and cheerful food source that is high in carbohydrates and low in fat. Rice is a main ingredient in many different meals, or you can simply eat it on its own should you wish. Rice is another ingredient everyone should have in their food cupboards.

Like pasta, rice is a dried food that will last for many months which means you can make big savings on buying in bulk.

3) Toasted sandwiches

Sandwiches are good but stick them under a grill or on a griddle and cook them, and they become great. The toasted sandwich is very versatile and can be eaten at any time. A toasted sandwich can be eaten as a main meal, a snack or as part of a main meal. Many people see toasted sandwiches as boring, however it does not have to be this way as there are loads of tasty toasted sandwich recipes you can use to make them more interesting.

4) Minced beef

Minced beef is another cheap and versatile ingredient. Minced beef can be used to make a whole variety of different meals such as spaghetti Bolognese, chilli con carne or a minced beef and onion pie to name just a few. Minced beef is quick and easy to cook, which makes it great for those people on the go.


The above are a small selection of cheap and nutritious ingredients everyone should have in their food cupboards and there are others besides. It just goes to show that it is still possible to eat for little money, which is something all college students will be pleased to hear.


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