Ramen: the food we all know and love so well. Years of college experience and other twenty-something struggles have taught us that ramen will give us sustenance, even in the darkest of times. Ramen was there when you were poor. Ramen understood that you couldn’t afford to feed yourself like a “real” person. But now, things are looking up for you and your relationship with food. Although you aren’t entirely free from budget constraints and you are still a few years away from gourmet dining, you can now afford to start spending money on food that provides actual nutritional value.
It can be tricky planning your meals and your budget around a single person. It is a skill that takes time and practice to develop so that you don’t end up wasting time and/or money.
And so meal planning becomes essential before you head to the grocery store so that you know exactly which items and how much you will need.
FIRST: It’s important to think about how much you can afford to spend on your groceries. Create a budget for yourself.
SECOND: It is important to think about how much Think about what items you already have. What staple items (bread, eggs, butter, milk, etc.) do you already have and what items do you need to restock? Make a list of staple items that you need to shop for.
THIRD: After you have made your preliminary shopping list, consider the meals that are going to make for the week and add the necessary items to your shopping list.
And FOURTH: Don’t forget to take into account that most meals that you will make will leave you with leftovers and you should plan those into your meal schedule, so as to minimize your spending and food waste.
With this plan you should be able to minimize your costs and smoothly be able to transition from a ramen wasteland into a functioning and budgeted meal plan.
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