So this post is a little different than all the others. I am going to be talking about grocery shopping and how to do it on a budget.
As a college student it can be hard to buy a lot of good food. Trying not to stereotype but, a lot of us tend to go for the cheaper and more unhealthy foods. With a house full of 4 people it’s even more of a challenge.
And I decided to take the challenge up.
I am spending $50 at the store to buy enough groceries to last at least a week.
So here we go!
- 2 dozen large eggs – my one roommate and I eat a lot of them
- Lettuce mix
- Cheese slices
- Aged cheddar
- Turkey deli meat
- Ham deli meat
- Frozen juice
- Frozen veggies
That all seems pretty manageable with a $50 budget. Or so I thought. And I was wrong. In the end I ended up spending over $50. Let me break it down for you.
Actual Items Bought:
- 2 dozen large eggs @ $1.97/dozen
- Lettuce Mix @ 2/$9
- Monetary Jack cheese slices @ $3.99
- Aged Cheddar @ $6.99
- Rasberries @ 2/$5
- Turkey Deli Meat @ $4.60
- Ham Deli Meat @ $4.72
- Steak @ $9.95
- Frozen Juice 5/$4
- Potatoes @ 10lb/$4.50
- Frozen Veggies @ $2.99
- Kettle Chips @ $3.80
- Sun-dried Tomato Dressing @ $2.50
- Sorbet @ $2.99
So as you can see by the items I actually bought, I ended up buying more items then originally planed.
At the store I went to you can collect point towards groceries and in this trip I earned 2000 points and I had a coupon for $1 off on the cheese.
Now, some tips on making grocery shopping easier.
- Go to the store with a list that way you don’t end up wandering around and buy stuff that you don’t need.
- If there is something on your list that is on sale, buy the item on sale
- Don’t buy name brand – name brand food items tend to more expensive so save your money and buy no name.
- Use coupons and collect points with any in store offers.