by ALESHA SMITH
As a college student who is finally out of the dorms and in a house or apartment, do you still eat like you live in a dorm, or do you make use of that kitchen?
If you want to learn how to grocery shop wisely, save money, and still fill your belly, then read on.
First thing's first: you’re going to need to invest in some pots, pans, plates, bowls, and other kitchen utensils. I’d suggest going to the Dollar Tree for some of these items.
Second thing you need to do is set a budget. A budget always helps you realize how much you have to spend and therefore helps you narrow your shopping list to what is really needed. Keep in mind that once you hit that wonderful age of 21, your budget may start to change to include that troublemaker called alcohol, and most college kids will cut their grocery budget just to have alcohol. DON’T DO THAT!
Now that you know two of the basic things its takes to get started, it’s time for some helpful shopping tips to ensure that you do save money. You probably think it’s best to go shopping after classes and practices are over because then you have time to shop. Well, that’s not such a good idea.
According to U.S. News Money, when you need to go grocery shopping, do it when you don’t have a lot of time. When you’re on a tight schedule, you can’t get sidetracked and waste time.
Another thing that will help you save money while grocery shopping is shopping with cash, not with the debit and credit cards. By using cash, you know what you have to spend and will restrain from impulse buying.
Lastly, when you're shopping, you may like name brand products, but store brand products taste the just the same and cost less. Don’t be a picky eater -- be a pocket saver.
Before you go shopping, try to find advertisements from other stores, because the store you shop at may match ad prices, so you can save money and not have to go multiple places in order to save money for a lower priced product.
ABC News recommends making use of coupons and the bargain bins.
According to PopSugar, grocery shopping shouldn’t be done when you’re hungry, because then you will shop with your stomach instead of your brain.
Don’t forget to look at the top and bottom shelves, because the cheaper items and store brand products are stocked there. The expensive and name brand products are usually stocked in the middle because they’re easily noticed and easily retrieved.
I know shopping may seem like a chore and not much fun, but if you want to eat more than Ramen noodles, cereal, and Little Caesars, then take these shopping tips to heart so you can eat better and have more money for other things.