COLLEGE GROCERY SHOPPING TIPS
1. Only buy what you need.
This is one of the most important things! Only buying what you need not only saves you money, but also stops unnecessary food wastage. Plan your meals every week and make a grocery list according to what’s on your meal plans. Make one for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks also so you know you will never go hungry - and you will always have the healthy ingredients you need for the meals you have planned.
2. Prepare what you can at the beginning of the week.
Pre-preparing your meals and snacks is a good way to save you time. Being a student often means getting out of bed as late as you possibly can, trust me we’re all the same! so having snacks already prepared means you’ll always have something healthy to just grab and go! Eliminating your chances of buying junk or fast food while you’re out - it saves you money and ensures you’re always eating healthy!
3. Stock your store-cupboards with the essentials at the beginning of term.
It sounds stupid - but it works. Stock your cupboards with the basics that you’ll use for pretty much every meal. So items such as rice, pasta and herbs and spices (not mac n cheese!) - keep a supply of these in your cupboards so you always have the essentials for putting together a meal. So when you do your weekly grocery shop you don’t need to buy all the items every single week - just the meat and veg! You’ll save a lot of money in the long run!
4. Have a weekly ‘dinner party’ with your friends.
Once a week have your friends over for food - and share the hosting responsibility out so you go to a different house/dorm every week! This way you’ll have one less meal to buy and you get time to socialise! Socialising is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, you need time with your friends doing things you enjoy in order to balance your mind, and this way you save a bit of money! Every bit really does count.