Winter Meals: According to Some Broke Students

We asked a few broke students for their best tips on saving money when it comes to winter cooking – here’s what they said …


Age: 21
Studying: Science

Plan out your meals for the week around what’s cheap in the supermarket so you buy what you need and always have food available.

When I’ve planned my dinner, I know I’m more likely to eat what I have on hand rather than takeaways!


Age: 23

Studying: Product Design

Buy veggies from the farmers’ markets if you can – keeps it seasonal, local and can be a lot cheaper. Plus if you go often and get to know the suppliers, sometimes they’ll throw in freebies.

Go to bulk bin stores like Bin Inn and GoodFor and get dry grains and legumes etc. You get what you need, and hydrating them yourself instead of getting canned saves a lot of money.

Minimise food waste by using most of the vegetable (e.g. the stem of the broccoli not just the florets!).

Experiment by including organ meat such as liver and kidney in your meals. Not only is it cheaper and more flavourful, but it is also nutritious.

Soups are easy, super cheap, freeze well and are a good way of using leftover veggies at the end of the week.

Make stocks with veggie offcuts and leftover bones from roasts etc.

For dairy-free people, experiment by making your own coconut yoghurt:

Try sprouting legumes and seeds to enhance nutritional content and add a crunch to a sandwich or salad:

Age: 20

Studying: Engineering

Freeze food that you would normally throw away. Especially in winter, fruit and veggies are typically more expensive so freezing leftovers saves them going off, then you chuck them in winter soups or smoothies.

Freezing leftover meals is also such a lifesaver for busy days when you don’t have time to cook something.

Invest in a slow cooker! Then you can get away with using cheaper cuts of meat and it’s super easy to cook in bulk.

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