Crunch-time Stock-up

For those of you who are still in school, you may either be in the middle of final exams or about to start. Oh, what to do about food? Eating out gets expensive, and even though fast food is served quickly, it takes time to go out and get it, then time to get home. If you're studying on campus, there may be no choice but to buy food, but if you're going to be stuck at home all day, it's just quicker and cheaper to heat something up.

Right before my car broke down, I made a trip to the market to stock up on frozen foods. The money I spent on all that food would have been just enough for 2-3 fast food meals. I wound up with enough food for more than a week. It's also important to eat healthy, because getting sick or tired in the middle of exam sucks. Hence, getting a combination of healthy and quick-to-work-with materials is better than relying on TV dinners or fast food alone.

Here's what I think are good to get stocked up on before doing battle with the textbooks:
-cereal--if you really need to eat breakfast for lunch or dinner, or a snack, there's nothing quicker.
-eggs--fried or scrambled eggs for a fast source of protein. Egg sandwich w/lunch meat is pretty yummy.
-pasta/rice/Top Ramen--keeps you full and very easy to make in a jiffy. With rice, the ricecooker does almost all the work
-canned soups--won't fill you up, but warm soup helps during cold winter nights and goes well with sandwiches.
-frozen boneless chicken fillets--it's on the expensive side (I got a huge bag for $9), but right now time is money so I'm willing to invest. Brush on some BBQ sauce or add some salt/pepper, and either bake or pan-fry. Ready to eat in 10-15 minutes depending on method of cooking, and you can make enough at a time to feed you for a few days.
-a few frozen dinners/pizzas--in case you're really on the run. If you have access to a refrigerator/freezer, you won't have to eat out.
-frozen veggies--I got 3 packages of these for a dollar each. They make a healthy addition to every meal, including Top Ramen.
-tofu--another quick source of protein, and also easy to make, though I hate eating it by itself. For a quick dish, I usually cook tofu cubes with canned corn, green onions, and black pepper for flavoring. It's enough to last through several meals.
-canned tuna or lunch meats--I don't like cold cuts when it's cold, but a sandwich is a fast meal. Even better with warm soup. You can also save money by taking it to school with you.

I may add to the list for future reference as they come to mind, but in the meantime, good luck with finals!

[Ed.--a few more things that came to mind after the original publication date:
-flour tortillas--very versatile. There are great uses beyond the standard tacos and burritos. Quesadillas make a great snack; cold cuts can be used to make wraps/rolls.
-boxes of Mac and Cheese--I don't recommend stockpiling tons of it, since I tend to get sick of eating Mac and Cheese really quickly, but it's something I'd get to stock up.]


BrownEyedGirl said...

Thanksfor the info! :) Good Luck to you too!:)

Stacie said...

Hey! Sorry about your car misfortune. Transmissions are not cheap either. It happens to all of us from time to time. Think of the money and time your dad is putting into fixing your car as a Christmas present. My mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas, but I can't think of anything that I really need, except that I had a scrape with a tree in my car last spring and am in need of a little cosmetic repair. I told her that I would really like it if she would have it fixed for me as a present. The car functions fine but it is getting a little embarassing considering the length of time that is has been like this. That is what I really want. When my dad lived around here still, he fixed my car problems for me and it was a big help. I'm sure your dad knows that you are working hard for your future and you don't have the money to spend fixing something that is necessary for you to get to your classes. Have you ever had AAA? My mom also buys that for me every year as a Christmas present. I haven't needed to use it for a long while and that is a good thing, but when you need assistance or to have the car towed it is free with the membership. Sometimes if you spend more up front you will save later on.
Good job on the frugal eating tips. Though sometimes I find that if I am cooped up inside working or studying all day long a trip outside to pick up some tasty take-out as a treat does me a world of good. It is nice to go outside, see people, and treat yourself when you are stressing over getting stuff done.
Hey-aren't you supposed to be on a hiatus from blogging?!?!?!?! Get back to work woman! Good luck with your exams! It's time to go crank!

Sales Rack Raider said...

I don't have Triple A, but many of my close friends do. I'm considering getting it too.

Taking breaks to go outside is normally good, but with outlining, it's necessary to sit for hours at a time for continuity--hence the stocking up on food so that I won't waste time travelling everywhere (but of course, I'm wasting time blogging...hehe). At least today's post was during lunch, so I wasn't slacking altogether ;-).

Commercial law is so boring and I had trouble digesting everything, so I needed to take frequent breaks. But now that I'm nearing the finish line (with this subject anyway), I've been a good worker bee today =)