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College Student Grocery List

The following article takes us through an exclusive college student grocery list that will help the freshmen learn what exactly to buy.
College can be a confusing time. Trying to find their footing and trying to understand what's going on around them, making new friends and getting used to a grueling schedule - all this can take a toll on some and they might get confused to the extent of not being able to decide what to buy as a part of grocery shopping. This article is especially meant for those students who have not been able to understand what goes into making a grocery list and how to plan it. Many have forayed away from their homes for the first time and therefore the planning and scheduling it takes to plan for groceries and what the budget should be like is a little too new for them to handle. The following article will help you to understand what goes into planning a college student grocery list and then it'll supplement you with a few samples to help you out further. Continue reading if you've ever been confused about the issue of the ever elusive and essential 'grocery list'!

The Budget

Don't even start shopping before you know what the budget is like. I understand that this is all very overwhelming for you but trust me, you'll soon get the hang of it. Why does the budget have to be a part of the grocery list for college students? Because without a budget you'll only end up buying things that you don't really need and things that just seem fancy or attractive at first glance. Ever noticed how you end up picking absolute junk when you're hungry and out shopping? I rest my case. So then, let's save ourselves some money and learn how to budget.

Understand that a budget should be prepared according to what suits your needs and is right for you and that will come about after some form of experimenting and knowing what is working for you and what is getting into an excess figure. Follow these steps to understand how to plan a budget.
  • Use a notebook to write down each and everything that you end up buying. And by everything, I mean - everything.
  • Do this for about a week and you'll know what your pattern is like. Whether you end up buying a particular item everyday or not.
  • This will then help you determine a budget because you'll know that you need to keep a calculated amount aside for a particular item.
  • Similarly all other items will also fall into the same way.
  • Once you have a tentative budget planned, try and stick to it. But see if there are any changes that have to be made to include items that you might have left off or forgotten, but while shopping you realize that you need them.
  • After a couple of shopping trips you'll realize what is working for you and what your average college shopping grocery bill is like. Based on that you can change certain things here and there to exclude a few and include a few items.
  • Also, look for some grocery stores that have grocery coupons that will help you to save money further.
  • Now try and stick to that budget as best as possible to keep your resources under control.
The Shopping List

Here are some essential items from the food guide that you should be including in your list.

Breakfast
  • Cereals like oats and muesli
  • A wide range of fruits
  • Milk
  • Tea/coffee
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Spreads like jam, butter, cheese, marmalade etc.
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Cornflakes
Lunch
  • Whole wheat rolls
  • Wide range of vegetables like spinach, broccoli, cabbage, bitter gourd and the like
  • Cooking oil
  • Brown rice
  • Curry powder
  • Yogurt
  • Sugar
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Salt
  • Salad dressing and sauces
  • Noodles
Dinner
  • Chicken and other meats
  • Vegetables for soups
  • Pasta and spaghetti packs
Snacks
  • Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Tacos/Nachos
  • Pizza bases
Refer to this list as a reference of the things that you need to include in your itinerary. That does not mean that you need to only stick to this list. Put in things that you think you'll need. Just make sure that you include all the basic food groups so that you don't just gorge on chips alone and fall sick.
By Rujuta Borkar
Published: 8/17/2010
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