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Rule 0 of cooking: either you stay in the kitchen constantly, or you set an alarm.
Rule 1 of cooking: make sure you're sober enough to cook safely.
Rule 2 of cooking: if you are tired, don't bother cooking.... who said you need a warm meal every day? Make a sandwich, a salad or just eat a bowl of rusks with milk
When I lived alone on the meagre budget of an after-school job, I had around $15 a WEEK for food, and I live in one of the most expensive and overtaxed countries in the world. If you're 'murrican, I can pretty much guarantee that you can get three healthy meals a day, WITH MEAT on the side provided you put your head to it.
Even with a comparatively meagre pay, I was able to afford new computer hardware for my studies, clothes, bills and rent by taking a good look at my food intake.
When you are low on the monies, you need to focus on having the meal work for your body for a long time, the more, the better. Your second objective is to stay full.
Your third objective is to plan ahead, as it maximizes the outcome of the food
First off, stay away from pasta and noodles, especially instant ramen noodles. Pasta and noodles fill you up, but you won't stay full for long.
That leaves rice and potatoes as your stock food.
Potatoes can be kept fresh for up to 2-3 months, provided they are stored in a dark, cool place (eg. your fridge)... just don't eat them if they've turned green or started sprouting.
rice can be kept almost indefinitely if stored properly (dark, airtight container)
If you buy minced meat, open the package and split it into proper portions. Bag and freeze the portions you don't need. The same can be done for whole meat like chops or cutlets, just freeze what you won't eat today.
Bread is also cheap, but go for "rougher" bread with grains in it, as it's more filling, steer clear of white bread.
Also, buy eggs. They keep for about 2 weeks (if ,again, stored properly). Not only will they give you a good deal of protein, but it's a good helper for bulking up rice-based food as well.
Whole, smoked bacon (not strips) also lasts a long time, is quite cheap also... you only have to slice it yourself...
lastly, you have to learn never to throw away food, unless you run the risk of getting sick from it the next day...
you at least got eggs, bacon and toast now, enough to easily last a week of breakfasts. You should be able to afford that for about half a day's pay ($2.50-3.00)
Lunches: this one is harder, as you have a different "lunch culture" than we do... a daily BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato) is definitely within your grasp. Consider using other leftovers for lunch, for instance cooked chicken... that day's BLT just leveled up to a club sandwich.
Dinner: Main content is going to be your rice or your potatoes. Again, you have the options of using leftovers like in "biksemad" (lit. mixed food), with is a Danish dish simply composed of potatoes and leftover meat which is fried and served with a fried egg and ketchup (optional: Worchestershire sauce).
Asian "fried rice" recipes are also filling and tasty, easy to make and relatively cheap... My version just has chicken, shrimp, eggs, chopped spring onions, a teeny dash of soy sauce, salt and pepper in it
Soup, even if you messed that up, can be made from boullion/stock powder and assorted vegetables and boiled for 30 minutes...
As I mentioned above, salads can be good, but the ingredients spoil easily and are almost never sold in packages that scale well for single living. However, it's often cheaper than to buy most other foods (even if some of it spoils), and veggies are often on sale in the supermarkets. Depending on your country, the vegetables may be especially cheap if they are exempted from VAT or other taxes.
Last tip I can give you, is to look out for supermarkets that have a budget bin with stuff that's nearly out of date... lots and lots of bargains can be made here!
inb4 "but i'm maaaaannnnniiiiiic"
yeah, part of doing drugs is keeping your shit together, and benzos don't exactly help on that... get off that shit OP, you're just experiencing the tip of the benzo-induced insanity iceberg...