Tweet About It.

I’ve had a think about places where I source information, tools and tips from, and you can’t go past Twitter as an active, up-to-date way to keep informed on a range of different topics. I’ll be the first to admit that I was never much of a Twitter user until this year when it became relevant within my uni course, and even now I’m still finding my feet in that particular corner of the cyberspace world, but the things I’ve discovered are really helpful about Twitter is its instantaneity, its interactive nature, and the platform it gives any voice who wants to speak.

The Twitter list I’ve developed in concurrence with this blog is designed to provide further information on the topics covered in this blog, a range of creative and cheap culinary ideas, and a student background to what goes on in the kitchen.

1)  “Hacking your finances, one cent at a time” 

This page is helpful for getting started with a budget make-over. Learn some handy hints on saving money, budgeting well, and forming good habits.

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2)  “Self-taught vegan cook. Simple, fast, cheap recipes that still taste awesome. Yoga fanatic. Ridiculously good at cracking pistachios.”

Cheap, healthy vegan meals, tips and anecdotes. A good place to learn that ‘vegan’ isn’t a limiting factor when it comes to food.

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3)  @fullthymestudnt “Delicious, easy recipes for full-time students on a budget”

Bang on the money! The money being my blog topic.

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4)  “Easy, healthy, & cheap vegetarian recipes. Check us out at 

This page is a good tool because it fits all of my criteria, and we are able to gain further information from their website if needed.

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5)  “A blog for everyone! Law student, avid cook, recipe developer, foodie, and all around omnivore.”

Sourcing information from like-minded people with a similar lifestyle is usually a good idea.

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6)  “Creator of the $10 Food Day: Four recipes that will feed a family of four for less than $10 a day!”

This page is run by someone who cooks for a living, so you know the food will taste great as well as being cheap to make.

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7)  “Hungry Foodies Nomming Seriously Cheap – A food blog featuring recipes, reviews, foodie news, deals, events, confabulation and curated food-focused playlists.”

This page incorporates more than just recipes and lifestyle posts; it also includes a range of different reviews and events.

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8)  “We are all NCL Uni students who are passionate about good food. Everything we cook is homemade, cheap and delicious ~ Tweet us to share recipes and inspiration!”

I enjoy following other student-run pages, because the focus is invariably maintaining a cheap lifestyle. This one actively invites interaction which is nice.

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9)  “This page is for the student who wants a good meal quickly, inexpensively, and reliably.”

Another great page that shares student-friend food ideas.

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10)  “The Student Blogger – all the money-saving tips, studenty recipes, fashion and general advice you need to make the most of your days at uni!”

I find this one helpful for ideas not just on food but also general budgeting tips and positivity for students.

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11)  “Over 4000 quick, easy and low cost food and drink recipes for students written by students.”

A great library of recipes aimed at students.

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Stay cheap x

New York Cheap Plate

Post number 2 on eating cheaply, predominantly at home, and I’m out of the country. This complicates things.

But I’ve decided to compile a little list on spending food money wisely when you’re away from home. I think the assumption is that when you’re on holiday you’re probably going to eat out more often than you would at home, and I certainly haven’t failed to live up to that. As I’ve been with family, it’s been a little easier to save and not eat out for every meal; we’ll do a bit of a grocery shop whenever we move into a new place, and take turns to shout the meals we do eat out. But even so, money has a sneaky way of walking out of your pocket if you don’t keep a close eye on it. Here’s some things I did and some things I learnt:

1) CHOOSE WISELY. There will always be cheaper options on any given menu, and if you’re looking to hang on to some of your hard-earned cash, it’s up to you to figure out the best way to achieve a full stomach without emptying your wallet. Instead of a starter, a main and a drink, why not stick with water and ditch the starter? Or take it a step further and buy something on a street corner? See how cheap you can go. Just see.

2) YOU CAN STILL COOK ‘AT HOME’ WHEN YOU’RE ON HOLIDAY. Just because you’re not in your usual kitchen, doesn’t mean you have to ignore it completely. Obviously if you’re staying in a hostel or camping it may not always be that simple, but if you’re renting a house/apartment for a week, why not make the most of the facilities? The more meals you cook yourself, the more money you’ll have to dine out later, or to buy a big collection of specific city-themed snow globes, if that’s the kind of traveller you are.

3) ASK ABOUT LOCAL MARKETS. Depending on where you’re travelling you’ll probably be able to suss out some kind of food market or at the very least a reasonably-priced grocer. Make the most of these! Buying food straight from the source is not only healthier and more sustainable, but it’s cheaper too! Plus you’ll feel good about supporting the farmer rather than a corporation.

4) IT’S OKAY TO SAY NO. Sure, you’re travelling with your friends or your family and you’re having a great time and everyone is getting pretty keen to enjoy a delicious restaurant experience, but you know you can’t afford to keep doing this and you’re not even feeling that hungry…it’s okay to say no this time! I’m sure your travel companions aren’t going to ditch you then and there just because you opt out of a few meals. Or you can even go a step further and encourage them to cook with you at the place you’re staying. Lure them into a magical den of culinary fun!

Travelling can be expensive but there are always ways to cut corners and save your dollars. Says the girl with the empty pocket. Oops.

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Stay cheap x

Let’s talk about last night: Cheatatouille

I’m off to a pretty uncharacteristic start with dinner plans in the city tonight- totally unlike me given the pittance I generally have to spend each week, but some friends and I are going to grab some cheap Indian before a gig. The thing with eating out is, if you know where to go you don’t necessarily have to be spending a small fortune on an extravagant feast. There are some great spots in the CBD, particularly around Swanston Street and Chinatown, that offer delicious cuisine for just a few dollars. Another favourite of mine is Lentil As Anything at the Abbotsford Convent, a volunteer-run buffet-style vegetarian restaurant that runs on a pay-as-you-feel model. I’ll give that its own post later as it’s too good not to make a note of.

But I wanted to talk about last night’s dinner, because it was super-easy, cheap and delicious, and you can make it for single meal-for-one, or enough to feed a small country (which means dinner for days). I call it cheatatouille because it tastes like ratatouille but it’s really just anything you’ve got cooked up into a heavenly amalgamation- or is that what ratatouille is? Anyway, the great thing about cheatatouille is that it’s a great way to use up any half-chopped vegies you might have lurking in your fridge drawer. I started with a deep pan, a nice generous drizzle of olive oil, a chopped Spanish onion and some diced garlic. As the onion starts to soften add salt, pepper, some Italian herb mix and enough chilli powder to give it a nice little bite. Now that your kitchen is smelling like Italy/a restaurant/heaven, the cool thing is that you just chuck in anything/everything else! I used eggplant, zucchini, carrot, capsicum and, a bit later on, whole cherry tomatoes which you can burst as they soften. You feel really professional and gourmet at this point and if you’re a social media nut now is a good time to upload a nice shot to Instagram. I’d go for a X-Pro II filter to really bring out the colours, and maybe a #wifeme hashtag for an extra dash of humour and desperation.

If you’re into spinach or silver beet or kale, chuck some in. Personally I’m a big fan because you get your all-important greens but they’re kind of hidden because, let’s be honest, I don’t think anyone particularly fancies chowing down on unflavoured leaves. You can add some plain passata or tomato paste and a bit of water to make it extra saucy. When it’s all nicely simmered and you’re salivating sufficiently you can put it on a plate, with rice or pasta if that’s your thing, and eat it with cutlery or your hands or a small trowel, depending on what’s available. Because you’re a grotty student your utensils are probably sitting somewhere in the sink, half-soaked in cold, dirty water and covered in dried cheese or something, so use whatever you can find. I guarantee at the end of your meal you’ll be full and feeling pretty smug about your well-balanced meal that you prepared from scratch with not a single trace of microwave action.

But if your fridge is truly empty then I can’t really help you tonight and toast it is….again.

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Stay cheap x