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Living in college teaches you a few things: how to manage your time, learn effectively, and balance a tight budget. Spending your money effectively and cheaply allows you to allocate funds to more important things, like booze. In this week’s freshmen seminar class, we’re giving you the scoop on hot meals for under two dollars (we said hot meals, not gourmet meals).
1. Fast food dollar menu
When you’re constantly on the go, fast food is the way to go. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King all have their picks on the dollar menu, so pick two things. Eat whilst driving to your next destination to save time.
2. Maruchan Ramen Noodles
These will definitely get old quick, so use them sparingly. I’m partial to the chicken flavor. Beef flavor is meh. Pork flavor is just disgusting.
3. Nongshim Shin Ramen Noodles
Once you get bored with the run-of-the-mill Maruchan noodles, I recommend trying these bad boys out. They’re on the premium end of the instant noodle market, and even include a bag of freeze dried vegetables to add some extra character. The powder packet is hot, hot, hot so use it with caution. Try half a packet at first, then slowly work your way up to a full pack when you build up a tolerance.
3. Tina’s Mexican Burritos
You can find these little bundles of joy at Dillon’s. 5 for $2 or 40 cents apiece. I recommend the red hot beef flavor. I’m not sure if there’s any real beef in these things, but they certainly numb the pangs of hunger that come along with college living.
4. Velveeta shells with cheese
This may take you 50 cents over the two dollar limit but I don’t care because fuck macaroni noodles. Shells are where it’s at; they hold all the cheese internally much better than noodles. Plus it comes with the creamy cheese pack instead of the gross powder cheese.
5. Banquet TV dinners
These nifty little-boxed meals offer a variety of choices for a dollar: pot pies, Salisbury steak, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken nuggets, chicken fried chicken, bbq pork riblet, pizza, meatloaf, fish sticks… the list goes on and on. Incredible that you can get all these different types of meals for a dollar plus tax. God Bless capitalism.
6. Library Food Pantry
You know you’ve hit rock bottom when you’re scrounging through the library food pantry. You’ll find an assortment of non-perishable food items here, free of charge. It’s time to get right with the Lord and maybe take an accounting class to keep better track of your finances. And be sure to give back to the pantry once you have some extra dough.