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    Exclamation Help! Cheap, enduring, pre-prepared food.

    So, I've been getting used to this whole thing with living on my own. Regarding food, it's not hard to find cooking ingredients that are cheap, and last a long time (and are even nutritious). Canned beans is a good example. A giant bag of rice is another. And fortunately I know how to cook.

    But as happy as I am with my ability to cook stuff, and proud as I am to shirk convenience, I'm finding that having no readily edible food is wearing on me. I don't really feel like cooking a lot of stuff and cleaning a lot of pots when I'm really hungry because the only thing to eat is what I'm preparing at that moment.

    So, I want stuff I can eat right away, but I want to save money. What's ready-made stuff I can buy cheap but will last me a while?

    For example, I have peanut butter, and I bought bread, but it went moldy on me before I even got half-way through it. I'm going to give bread another chance, but I want other ideas. What else should I consider getting?
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    pasta and sauce? tuna? frozen stir fry vegetables and sauce and instant rice? (thinking through things that I've thrown together for super quick dinners after a long day)
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    One thing you could do is cook up a storm while you're on it and put it in the freezer. And you could just throw that in the microwave when you're hungry.
    Same thing with bread, especially if you own a toaster. You can just toss the loaf in the freezer, and take out as many as you'd like to eat and put them in the toaster to heat them up.

    If you don't want anything heated up, or would like for it to go even faster, I recommend buying crisp bread or rye bread. Those will last a long time! And you can eat them with your peanut butter.

    Wait..
    *pokes around in the fridge*

    Back. Instant mashed potatoes! And as for veggies, I've found that carrots lasts pretty long.

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    How about pretzels? If you just want something to crunch on that isn't cooked, pretzels come in giant bags. I know that chips et al can be pricey no matter what.
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    Oatmeal is the first thing I thought of. It's cheap and takes only as long to cook as it takes to boil water. You could also use crackers instead of bread for peanut butter, crackers keep a nice long time. Canned tuna is another good idea (if not especially cheap), and something else that goes well on crackers. Eggs are pretty cheap, very nutritious and also easy to cook quickly.
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    Hard boiled eggs, cook a bunch of them and grab one from the fridge when you want a snack.
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    Many good suggestions so far. Boiled eggs, if you like them, are terrific self-contained snacks. Do you have a microwave? That opens up your choices considerably. I agree with Salt & Pepper that keeping your bread in the freezer is a good solution for the mold problem. If you can't microwave thaw it a slice or two at a time as needed, then you could just take out a handful of slices before bed and then they'll be there for you for the next few days, then when they're gone, grab another handful. Freezing individual portions of meals when you cook is a good idea too. Just make it a habit to cook more than you actually want, and freeze the remainders for later.

    You can do the same thing with frozen burritos- if you don't like or don't want to rely on the premade kind, just whip up a bunch of tortillas stuffed with refried beans, and freeze individually for reheating later. They'll need other toppings (cheese, salsa, etc) but those are fairly easy to keep around.
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    Ah, I've been reminded. It's probably important for you to know that I don't have a microwave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Ah, I've been reminded. It's probably important for you to know that I don't have a microwave.
    Oven?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salt n' pepper View Post
    Oven?
    Yes, oven.
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