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Tips for Saving Money on a College Budget. Every Penny Counts!

College can be very financially straining especially if you’re getting little to no aid from anything or anyone else. College savings can be hard, let me help you! Scraping enough up for tuition, books, rent, and other bills are hard enough, not to mention eating. But worry not, currently going to college and successfully navigated the monetary perils it presents I can help save you from the ramen noodle plague that so many others have caught. Here are my top money saving ideas when eating on a college budget.

Little Caesars Pizza $5 Hot and Ready

Everyone eats enough pizza in college to be sick of it their entire life. Said no one ever. And when trying to find bargain deals this is one stand above the rest. A $5 Hot and Ready when spread out can easily feed someone for 3-4 meals. That’s like $1.25 a meal. That’s a bargain deal. The trick to microwaving the pizza after it’s been fridged is wetting a paper towel and covering the pizza in it before microwaving. This will leave it most and still very much delicious.

Any Chinese Kitchen

Asian food. That’s original right when talking about college food. Chinese Kitchen though is one of those places that load up on the fried rice or noodles with heaping helpings of your desired meat. It’s your prototypical Asian food: grease and delicious. On overage, you’ll get around 3 meals for this and usually runs you around $12. That averages out to be $4 a meal which isn’t too bad. To really maximize your dollar, make your meat one of the many types of chicken. Chicken is cheaper so normally you’ll get more.

Dollar Menus

We got there. The all mighty dollar menu. Once it started, every fast-food chain had to have one. This is great for the consumer, especially the hungry college student. If your hungry for burgers you’ve got McDonalds or Jack in the Box. If you’re craving Mexican food you’ve got Taco Bell. Got the munchies, need to save a buck, and be healthy, Wendy’s wraps are a great choice. Really the dollar menu is a college kids best friend.

Subway

The hardest thing to do while eating on a budget for fast food is eaten healthy. Healthy food is expensive. But even there’s even an option that in a sense, is healthy. Subway is that answer. Depending on how much TV you watched when you were younger you probably saw the Jarred commercials where gentlemen lost a large amount of weight substituting subway lower calorie sandwiches for a meal. Great for him right? Well, it’s great for the college kid too. Many subways have the $5 footlong for select sandwiches. Load one of these up with your favorite veggies, split it into two 6” and you get two meals for $2.50 each.

Easy to cook Noodles

Yeah. The college kid can never escape the all mighty ramen noodle. Well, maybe we can. There are several instant noodle mixes that average out to be about a dollar a piece that is delicious and have a hint of nutritional value. Go down to your local Asian market and pick up a couple different types from different countries. Figure out which ones you like and have a variety on hand for those late-night study times and midnight snacks.
Don’t let college be the years where you starved yourself of food to make ends meet. There are lots of ways to survive and still eat a decent variety of food. Of course, there’s always to option to cook at home but what college student has time for that?

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Making Cotton Candy!

Making Cotton Candy!

While trying to save money we try to find more things to do at the house instead of always going out and doing laser tag or chuck e cheese. Nothing is wrong with laser tag or chuck e cheese, but it can break the bank and FAST. We tried to think of more activities to do around that house that will not only be fun but also a learning experience for the kiddos. What I mean by kiddos since I only have one kid, is also my nephews.

 

We found this cotton candy machine on a for sale or trade site on Facebook for only about $20. Cotton candy is delicious, so we figured why not have one at the house!! We messaged the lady and we got it the next day! We took it home, cleaned it and got everything set up. It took a couple of tried but we finally were able to figure out how to work it and love it!!

 

Nostalgia Electrics is the maker of this Hard Candy Cotton Candy machine. It is a bright red and works like a charm. The kiddos helped us put the “hard candy” in the middle and the turned the switch on. Once the switch cuts on the middle start to spend, causing the middle part to heat up. We taught them that once something heats up it starts to melt, but in the cotton candy machine, it turned the hard candy into cotton candy. They have so much fun mixing the colors and seeing how it is made. Definitely an invention I cannot see myself living without. Thank you, Nostalgia, for the amazing opportunities you have provided for my family! We are huge fans of you now!

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