Flatting can be exhausting at times especially when it comes to cooking meals. I'm sure anyone can get away with takeaways 90% of the time, unfortunately not everyone have spare money to splurge on food. One thing I learned from flatting is, you can always save a ton of money by making food at home, that are almost as good as your favorite restaurants. It takes a lot of patience and commitment really. There's a ton of recipe books out there or even online recipes using only 5 ingredients if you are on a strict budget or novice at cooking!
One way I like to do is buy all the generic ingredients. Ingredients that you can use in all your dishes (i.e the basics - spices, condiments, meat, etc.). From that I picked the top recipes from the cookbook, good for the whole week. I then buy bits and pieces that are needed for certain dish and I'm all set for cooking! I'm no professional or anything, but cooking is one thing I find therapeutic and enjoyable to do! You can even make it as a activity with your partners, flatmates!