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Start saving money right now; you'll need it when you're only working part time.
Set up a budget for now and when you're in school and stick to it.
Start classes at community college and work as many hours as you can until your general ed classes are complete and you go back to a "real school". Then keep working at least part time.
Buy a rice cooker with a steamer (for brown rice and chicken/veggie dishes), a slow cooker (for dried beans), and learn how to bake. Cook food at home, freeze it, and eat it instead of ordering in or eating fast food.
You'll never be able to buy mine unless you live in eastern or central Canada. But it was about $50 bucks and included a tray for steaming veggies/fish/whatever. Equivalent to this one, but I can't vouche for the brand.
I see, some of the prices are outdated. I don't know what the difference between that tray and a Walgreen's one is but how many different ways can you make a basic plastic ice tray? Looking at that ice tray it doesn't seem like it has extra "features" to make ice pop easier or some "extra durable" plastic.
I was initially observing the fact that it's hard to believe a $129 rice cooker is in the top 100 bought products, but then realized the list is about HIGHEST rated products. Even then the $129 rice cooker is outmatched by the higher rated $34.99 rice cooker.
This rice cooker has 4.3/5 stars plus 140 reviews and costs only $34.99. Was the first result when I searched for rice cooker. It seems you either didn't put enough effort into a simple search for "Rice cooker" or you're picking/choosing products based on opinion.
These are really nice too. I have a different model, but it has flowers on it. :/ Zojirushi, Tiger, and Aroma are all very good brands (in that order from best/highest price) and will last you a long time with excellent rice.
Zojirushi is an EXCELLENT brand, but generally try to stay away from any rice cooker with a glass lid like that. They can break really easily, and the ones with the full lid tend to be higher quality, last longer, and make better rice in my opinion.
You can also make soup in your rice cooker, as well as steam things in the steamer basket while making rice. Cooking "hard boiled eggs" in the steamer turn out great. I use mine as a crock pot of sorts more often than I make rice. I made duck soup in it yesterday. :D
Also, keep in mind how much rice you actually want to make per day. I have a four cup rice cooker, and don't usually make more than one cup. This causes the rice to cook a bit weird and get crispy on the bottom because it just isn't full enough. If you're going to be making/eating a large amount of rice, than get a bigger cooker. (Rice keeps for about 1 day in the cooker, and one day in the fridge.) If you know you'll be eating a smaller amount, get a smaller one.