Budget college breakfasts

Rachel Power

Breakfast food

From fresh fruit to pastries, there’s many more options than you would think for cheap breakfasts during the college season for students, when strapped for cash.

Breakfast can steadily burn a hole in our pockets without us realising, with an average “cheap” breakfast in Dublin costing up to €15. By a little bit of planning and variety in the cupboard, breakfast can be a cheap, cheerful way to kick the day off on the right note.

The Nutrition and Health Foundation manager, Dr Muireann Cullen said that “among college students, breakfast is the most commonly missed meal,” and the expense of it could be one of the main reasons for this.

“If you miss breakfast, you are more likely to crave high fat, high sugar foods later on as you become so hungry,” she continued.

According to thesavvybackpacker.com, the average budget breakfast in Dublin costs roughly €12. That’s without adding tea or coffee, which average between €2 and €4, depending on the company and drink, bringing the total cost of a “cheap” breakfast in Dublin to roughly €15.

A 16 oz. cappuccino in Londis DCU will cost €2.90, throw in a croissant or a pastry and it will cost just shy of €5.

Instead of buying pre-made fruit and granola pots for breakfast, buy a variety of berries, fruits and granola and make up individual boxes for morning time. It’ll take a few extra minutes, but it could save a small fortune.

Another cheap and cheerful option is the range of deli products that are readily available around colleges. Avoid town because the price will increase, but stay locally and you’ll get deals like three small sausage rolls for a euro, or five hash browns for €2. They’ll give you a boost in the morning and keep you warm in the colder months of the year.

If fruit or hot food doesn’t tick the boxes for you, pastries like croissants and pain au chocolats roughly cost between €1 and €3.

An alternative option is ham and cheese toasties from the deli, which will only run you up €2.75.

Baguettes and rolls are available to buy for 80c in Tesco, Drumcondra Village. All that’s needed is any fillings that suit your taste and breakfast is complete for a relatively cheap cost.

Vegan and vegetarian options are more widely available in far more stores, making them easily accessible and enjoyable. Vegan French toast is simple and easy to make at home by using a few slices of bread, some flour and almond milk.

Pancakes are also cheap and quick to make if you have a mixer at the ready. Just put all the ingredients together and within 15 minutes of cooking, they’ll be ready to eat. If you’re going for a vegan option, substitute normal milk with dairy-free such as soya or almond milk.

Tesco also offer a packet of 30 vegetarian sausage rolls for less than €3 to cook at home.

There’s a range of cheap options to make breakfast worthwhile when going through the stresses and struggles of college.

Rachel Power

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