9 LIFE-SAVING FOODS FOR WHEN YOU'RE BROKE AF

Beans are incredibly cheap; the average cost of a pound of beans is less than $2, so you can buy multiple cans to keep you satiated for weeks.

Beans

Rice is a long-term food, so this bag will last you several days.

Rice

The greatest thing about chickpeas is that they’re made for people who don’t like cooking. You can boil chickpeas and turn them into hummus or toss them in lemon juice, salt, and pepper to make a salad.

Chickpeas

People who can’t afford three square meals daily can transform tofu into amazing food. Tofu can be fried, sauteed, served in salads, and eaten as curry, so you won’t be bored.

Tofu

Most lentils are cooked into a curry, but if you’re hesitant to cook, you can boil the lentils and saute them when you please.

Lentils

You can even buy cup ramen if you hate cooking. For those willing to step into the kitchen, a simple boil of the noodle cake does the trick.

Ramen

We may joke about oatmeal, but it’s genuinely one of the best foods to keep in your pantry if you’re broke and hate cooking.

Oatmeal

You can toast a tortilla and layer it with rice to make burritos. A short bake in the oven transforms them into crispy taco-like shells, and you can even eat a tortilla with lentils or curry.

Tortilla

The best way to use chicken thighs is to save half in the freezer. Boil the remaining thighs and freeze the stock; you can use the stock to create simpler soups and stews.

Chicken thighs

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