5 Minute Free Bin Breakfast


When I arrive in a hostel or accommodation, one of the first things I do is check the kitchen for anything left in the free bin or communal space. I make a note of what is available and think about what type of meals I can make with what is on hand. From there I will ask a local what the most inexpensive grocery store is and stock up on things that will complete and compliment the food I just acquired for free.

My travel companions and I found a practically brand new container of honey and bag of oats from the free bin at a hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland. Perfectly ripe bananas have been in free bins here and there and the frozen berries were in the freezer at the Air BNB we rented and split between 5 of us for 35 USD per night per person (which is a cute house that sleeps 8 people). We topped the oatmeal with some crunchy peanut butter (about 300 ISK per jar). The total cost of the meal was around 100 ISK which equates to about .75 USD. Staying resourceful is key when traveling for cheap. See what you can use around you and just pay for the necessities.

Although you should include room in your budget for food, I have made meals entirely on what I got for free. I have gotten fruits, veggies, rice, oats, pasta, sauce, bread, spices, juice, milk, hot dogs and other odds and ends from these bins and refrigerators. My friend Jill even ate for a few days out of free bins and stayed completely vegan!

Eating healthy and delicious food doesn't have to break the bank. Being creative, resourceful and innovative is the best way to ball on a budget.

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