So let us say you are studying abroad in Japan, and you have a budget (lol college) and cooking is not your strong point.
1. BUY INSTANT RICE.
Seriously, I don’t care how much people go on and on about making it in the rice cooker, Instant rice is quick easy and easy to find. I mean yes i guess you can save money with a giant bag of rice, but hey, it takes my roommate 40 min. to cook her rice, and 2 min. for mine. It’s also easy to find, go to any grocery store and locate the aisle selling instant curry, It’s 9/10 some where in that aisle. Which brings us to
2. Instant curry
Instant curry comes in a variety of prices, flavors and ways to make. choose what ever one suits your fancy, follow directions, put on top of your instant rice
Look you are in Japan, sooner or later fish will be in your diet. Go to the fish aisle and pick out some cheap cuts of fish. When back in your dorm/ kitchen/ whatever get out a pan, melt some butter/margarine (like a boss) and then pan fry that sucker till you deem in safe. Then take that fish and put on top of INSTANT RICE.
4. Instant ramen
Japan has Instant ramen, and it also has a crap ton of other instant noodle stuff….
5. Marked Down Sushi
Now I don’t know how lucky you are feeling, but grocery stores around a certain time will start marking down sushi that they have had out most of the day. Do you hear your mom voice in your head telling you not to eat fish that you don’t know how long it’s been sitting out? Ignore it and go back to figuring out if that stuff marked down to 105 yen is fried strips of chicken or fried tentacles.