Today I’m starting my weekly frugal tips series: Frugal Friday Tips. These tips will be from my own experiences and those of anyone else who would like to feature one here (just drop me a line.) I’ve also received some excellent books for Christmas about Frugal living that will make it into the weekly post.
In my past life (before living like no one else), I would purchase lunch at work. It could have been at our canteen (love that word) or from McBurgerWopper down the street. I’ve never added up how much I was spending but I know it was alot. Of course now that I’m on a budget I made sure NOT to allocate much for lunchs, I needed to find a tasty cheap way to supply my body with calories.
Enter the Ramen
First off, I’m not in college anymore. While strolling through the grocery store one day I noticed the ramen area. I purchased a few and began my journey to become know as “The Noodle Boy” at work. I eat ramen noodles every single day at work. I will never allow myself to eat them at home, work is my ramen dojo.
Here’s the best part about ramens, the price. I currently buy them at Sam’s Club. At Sam’s they are sold in a case of 36. The case costs $5.88 which yields a 16.3 cent price per pack. At my grocery store I can buy them individually for 18 cents or in a 6-pack for 99 cents (16.5 cents per pack). I currently consume 2 packs per sitting bringing my lunch cost to 33 cents per day and $1.65 per week.
Tricks of the Trade
Ramens are not very healthy and contain a lot of sodium. To combat this issue I’ve found a way to balance the sodium and still have the great taste. I use my fist to crush the noodles into smaller pieces. I then dump them into a medium sized plastic bowl, and add some water. After nuking them for 5 minutes and draining them, it’s time to add the seasoning packet. I toss one whole packet into the trash and use only 1/2 of the remaining packet. This still provides enough flavor, but saves you from raising your blood pressure with all the sodium. I choose to use chop-sticks to eat the ramens with. It keeps me in practice from my China days, and always gets me some strange looks.
I hope this gives you another option for lunch. Next week we’ll be talking about soda pop and a frugal way to have your drink without breaking the bank.