The Savvy Shopper: Groceries
The College Student’s Guide to Saving Money
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 17:09
A little money here, a little money there, but in the end it all adds up.
Being a college student is expensive, and the bill does not just stop at your tuition payments.
Money for books, rent, extra-curriculars, gas and groceries can send anyone’s wallet into a depression, but with the help of a few friendly tips you can learn how to pinch your pennies and make big savings.
Groceries are one of the never-ending expenses that college students see.
Let’s face it… you’ve got to eat!
By following a few helpful guidelines, you can stay on track and stick to a decent budget.
1 Make a list
Making a list is vital to understanding your wants versus your needs. A list will help to keep you from purchasing unnecessary items , and prevent you from forgetting anything, while at the store.
2 Do your research
Check around for prices, through weekly ads given at various grocery stores. By doing your homework, you will be able to determine where it is most cost effective to do your shopping.
3 Create a budget
After making a grocery list and researching what things cost, it is important to set an overall budget for what you would like to spend on groceries each month. Sticking to this budget can even be fun, as it challenges you to think critically about what you are buying and how much you are spending.
4 Use coupons
Now, you’re not being asked to become an “extreme couponer,”because ain’t nobody got time for that, but a coupon used here and there can help greatly at the end of the month. Take advantage of both in-store and manufacturers coupons. Sometimes these offers even include free items.
5 Think ahead
Planning meals before you grocery shop is another great way to save money. Making easy and inexpensive recipes like soups and meatloaf are wonderful ways to stick to your budget as they leave you with leftovers and take few ingredients.
6 Set a timetable
Setting aside a certain amount of time for your shopping trip is important to your savings. If you rush through your trip, you are more likely to forget something and end up using more time and money later to go pick those forgotten items up. If you spend too much time at the store, you are more likely to purchase unnecessary items.
7 Don’t go hungry
Always eat something before heading to the store. It is never, NEVER, a good idea to go to the store on an empty stomach. You’ll be tempted to throw in extra goodies that are more than likely bad for you and hard on your wallet. Have a snack before you head out on your grocery shopping excursion.