23 super cheap meals for almost broke students

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Here are 23 budget-wise, super cheap student meals for those who are near to broke (or already there…)

Sweet and sour chicken dippers

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These sweet and sour chicken dippers make for an incredibly cheap and easy meal. Yes, it’s lazy as hell but so what?


Chilli con tuna

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Use tuna in a chilli con carne dish for a cheap and super quick student meal.

Easy Peasy Mince

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An idiot proof mince recipe with plenty of vegetables. Get the recipe here

Chicken and cheese quesadillas

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A yummy, quick meal that will make use of leftover chicken – Chicken and cheese quesadillas recipe

Bread and butter pudding

bread-butter-pudding-recipe-2A classic bread and butter pudding is a low-cost dessert and is a great use of stale bread and ever-lasting dry fruit.

Cream of chicken pasta bake

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This is a super simple, fool proof three step cheesy pasta bake recipe made with Cream Of soup. Cream of chicken pasta bake how to

Omelettes

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Egg omelettes are trivial and take only minutes – try this basic omelette recipe, one packed with veggies or with a melting cheese and onion. filling.

French toast

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French toast (aka eggy bread) is an easy two ingredient, two minute recipe. Also try the sweet cinnamon version.

Veggie Chilli


A cheap and meat-free alternative for rice, tacos, pasta and more.

Pizza baguettes

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Combine a baguettes with pasta sauce and cheese for an instant pizza. You can do the same with other types of bread, muffins and bagels too. > Pizza baguettes recipe

Marmite cheese toastie

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Mix up the plain cheese toastie with marmite. *Insert obligatory love it or hate it reference here* > Marmite + cheese toastie

£10 Roast Chicken dinner

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This £10 Chicken roast is great for Christmas or weekends and will feed up to six people for less than a tenner.

Tomato and mushroom sweet jacket potatoes

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Spruce up your jacket potatoes with this cheap vegetarian filling that also goes great with pasta. > Veggie sweet jacket potatoes

Homemade apple crumble

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A four ingredient apple crumble recipe that works out at just 20 pence a serving. > Cheap apple crumble recipe

Tuna melt

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Tuna + Cheese = Cheap and tasty snack. > Tuna Melt recipe

Chinese beef noodle stir fry

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Use cheap minced beef for a super delicious Chinese style stir fry. > Minced beef stir fry recipe

The jacket potato

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Rub a potato with a little oil or butter and prick with a fork. Either bake at about 200 degrees for 45 minutes or cook on the microwave for 10-15 minutes, turning over halfway inbetween.

You can add all sorts of toppings – see 12 jacket potato filling ideas here!

End of the week bake

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This End of the week bake is a zero cost meal made up of leftovers.

Boiled eggs / devilled eggs

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Boil an egg. Cheap and simple. Make it more interesting by removing a hard boiled yolk and mixing it up with things like mayo, pepper and mustard and then returning. Top with bacon. YUM. > Devilled boiled eggs

Sausage curry

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Ditch the takeaway for this super easy curry on the cheap, using sausages. > Sausage curry recipe

Sausage lasagna

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This lasagna recipe with sausages may make Italians faint but at 50p a portion it’s a bargain. > Sausage lasagna recipe

Tomato ketchup pasta

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Desperate times call for desperately cheap recipes. It beats plain pasta though. > Tomato ketchup pasta

Scrambled egg stir fry

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Enjoy stir fry noodles for breakfast with this student recipe from the BBC. > Scrambled egg stir fry