Cheap Cooking Essentials for Students on a Budget

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Cooking is often the last thing you want to think about as a college student. Classes, work, friends, family, and sleep are often more than enough to worry about. But a stress-free kitchen that makes cheap cooking simple is easy to build with these five essential items.

  1. Staple foods will get you through those days when you’re tempted to order in. Keeping a general supply of non-perishables like rice, beans, pasta, and canned goods will make cheap cooking simple—you won’t even have to leave the house!
  2. Travel containers are your best friend for on-the-go eating. You’re an adult now, and no one’s going to pack your food for you. Avoid long lines and high prices during your lunch hour by bringing last night’s leftovers instead. Meal prep and batch cooking take this tip to the next level.
  3. Reusable grocery totes could save you a bit in the checkout line, depending on what state or city you live in. Get a fun one that inspires you to go grocery shopping so you keep your pantry stocked with cheap cooking ingredients (bonus: you’re helping the environment, too)!
  4. Dish towels are probably the last thing on your mind when furnishing an apartment, but they’re incredibly practical. The cost of paper products adds up fast (especially if you live with roommates or entertain a lot—hello, wine spills) and dish towels will save you a lot of headaches.
  5. A coffee maker and a travel mug are probably the biggest money-saver on this list if you’re like 83% of Americans who drink the stuff often. Skip the morning rush at your local coffee shop and brew your own, exactly how you take it.

What could you not live without in your kitchen? Let us know in the comments!

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