Grocery shopping is an adventure!
As a student, you will learn to balance budgets with paying for school, possibly food and “extra curricular activities”. In residence, students in traditional style (not a house) must have meal plan, thus not grocery shopping often and students in non-traditional (house) have an option to buying meal plan. If you do not have the delightful experience of this adventure in your first year, when you move off campus (most likely your second year), you will have this opportunity. Ok if you think that this is a joke – it is not! Basically, it should be considered a Olympic sport.
I have provided a list of thoughts for you to consider while grocery shopping:
1) Bring multiple reusable bags and a back pack to carry food in because you will be using the bus to transport yourself
2) Make a list because you will forget something at the store and not realize it until you are on the bus on the way back to Brock…and it sucks
3) Do not shop while you are hungry and if you question whether the purchase will go bad, green and smelly….then do not buy it. Both situations will guarantee you a higher food bill than normal.
4) Use coupons and shop on student-discount days! “A penny saved it a penny earned”
5) Yes, buy the frozen food to help you out on busy days; however do not forget about the fresh food – it’s healthy!
6) Never plan to be in and out of a store (plus transportation) in an hour because it never works out that way.
7) If it helps, use a budget limit for groceries. If it means living off of crackers, sliced meat, frozen pizza and bananas for a week, then welcome to student life!
It’s a fun adventure as long as you are smart about it. Comments? Leave me one below!