April 17, 2008 : Laura Meadows
So, the cafeteria food is getting a little old, and you really would like to get something that might taste a little like home. The problem is, you don’t want to put a strain on your bank account, but food is an essential item for your life. Well, keep reading because these are some tips on some inexpensive, healthy, and tasty options for grocery shopping while at college.
First of all, only buy what you know you’ll eat. If you buy something that you think you might eat, you actually might never eat it, so don't waste the money! Stick with what you like, and what you’re familiar with. Also, if you’re opting for healthy, lower calorie foods, don’t be afraid to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. However, remember that you’re only buying food for one, so the amount your mom might buy for your family will probably be too much for you to eat before it goes bad.
Don’t hesitate to try the store brands. It’s a known fact that many of the store brands are actually packaged at the same locations that some of the name brands are. These usually taste the same and sometimes even better. They are often a little cheaper, and when you’re in college, every cent counts!
Also, a tip on coffee, if you like flavored coffee, that is. Foldgers makes great flavored roasts. Pair it with an International Delight Fat Free French Vanilla creamer, and it tastes really great! You may even impress some of your coffee connoisseur friends!
Some things that you might enjoy are the Campbell’s Soup at Hand, canned vegetables, Granny Smith apples, bananas, reduced fat Cheez-it’s, and the Tyson’s chicken breast strips in the frozen food isle. If you live on the Quads or East Campus, you can buy a lot of things that you can cook on a stove or in an oven, so ready to make meals and frozen entrees can be great!