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College Student grocery list


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Hi,


Ok I am trying to eat healthier and also to decrease my current calorie intake of over 2000. My question is does anyone have any ideas about quick and inexpensive food/meals. I am currently a college student so money is really tight. Also if you have any other suggestions for decreasing my calorie intake please share. I am also planning to go grocery shopping this weekend.

Thanks 
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Whole What Pasta & Organic Pasta Sauce. Very quick to make.
Rice and beans.

5 minute brown rice mixed with veggies (you can use frozen ones).

Oatmeal.


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If you really want to save money, you're going to have to invest more time into cooking. There's no way around it.

Chicken breasts (on sale)

Lentils

Rice

Beans

Eggs

Peanut Butter

Whatever produce is on sale 

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Original Post by bootser1:

Whole What Pasta & Organic Pasta Sauce. Very quick to make.

 Very expensive to make. No need for organic pasta sauce.

I don't know what part of the country you are in, but if you have an Aldi nearby, that's where you can save a lot of $$ on groceries. 

I eat salad A LOT with low-calorie italian dressing

also oatmeal but no butter or milk in it - i keep it thick and use sweet n low (you can buy a big box of 1500 packets at Sams club for less than $10.00) and also i sprinkle on a combo of oat bran, ground flax seed and wheat germ (I located a store where I can buy this from a bin so it is a lot cheaper than the pre-packaged, name brand stuff)

I also make my own yogurt using powdered milk

I don't drink plain milk but I buy and use powdered milk for cooking - I never have spoiled milk to throw out that way and you can't tell the difference in baking - I even use it for hot cocoa - again - no difference in taste!  and it is cheaper, per gallon, than real milk.

Stay away from pre-packaged, name branded items - when I cook something (pasta sauce, home made soup, casseroles) I try to make double and then store it in square plastic containers in my freezer...

Any recipe that calls for ground beef I use half ground turkey.  I ground turkey frozen in one-pound rolls and also I purchase my ground beef that way.  I know some people who use all ground turkey because when it is in pasta sauce or home-made hamburger helper, you can't really tell the difference.  And the turkey has fewer calories and fat, and is less expensive. 

Good luck!  Hope this info helps!




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I'm a college student too.

I don't really cook my meals though, but I do buy a lot of healthy breakfasts/snacks. I just try and portion those large meals or get something healthier. I avoid deep fried things -- myabe once a week or so.

My grocery lists usually consists of something like:

-milk
-yogurt
-fruit (apples, bananas, etc)
-cereal
-oatmeal
-salads (i find that school meals do not have veggies most of the times!! for me anyways)
-light bread
-sugar free jam
Frozen produce is good too; I get a bag of frozen pineapple from Trader Joe's for 1.29 each.

Milk (although I prefer light vanilla silk...)

egg beaters 

oatmeal

ezekiel bread

fruit

special k

... healthy enough to prevent college weight gain, fits in a mini-fridge, and good sources of whole grains and protein and all that good stuff 

 

watch for sales.  Try Walmart, Marc's, Aldi, or whatever is in your area.  For inexpensive:  Beans have a lot of protein and  fiber, baked (I love Bush's) black beans over rice, chili with extra kidney beans, Refried beans in a tortilla.  For low calories: keep fruit on hand when you want a sweet and don't forget your veggies.

Some stores have a 'Reduced Price' area for breads or produce, which is fine if you can eat them right away.
I try to catch the organic pasta sauce & whole wheat pasta on sale. The local store I go to had a huge sale the other day & I got both for $5, just watch the sale adds in the grocery newspapers!

I'm tackling the same problem at the moment - how to eat enough fruit & veges without blowing the budget! Recently I realized that a supermarket that is a 15min walk away is a whole lot cheaper than the one just around the block. By shopping less often (to minimize the amount I have to carry back to my flat) and making the effort to walk there I can kill two birds with one stone.

Otherwise take advantage of sale items, and I find it helpful to make a lot of a particular meal (e.g. pasta or a healthy chili) and freezing it for those days when I'm snowed under with work & just don't have the time to cook a healthy meal for myself.

Soup is also a great option.

My roommate and I go to Costco every month and we would stock up on a month's supply of food.  It cost about $120, depending on what we buy, but we split the bill, so we'd end up paying $60 each.  That's $15 per week!  You might think it's a lot of food and that you won't be able to finish it all before the expiration date, but the cheapest AND the healthiest thing you can do is to start cooking at home and stop eating out.  Last term, I spent about $80/week eating out.  It hurt my wallet and my waistline.  Frozen and canned foods last for a long time.  Also, I refrigerate my bread to make it last longer.  I freeze my bananas and grapes and I boil all my eggs the day before they expire.  Here's my grocery list for you:  

  • Frozen chicken breasts
  • Frozen chicken wings
  • Salmon individually wrapped portions
  • 6 dozen eggs
  • low-fat cottage cheese
  • whole wheat bread
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned fruits
  • Grapes
  • bananas
  • mangoes
  • Bag of spinach
  • Salad mix
  • Sliced turkey
  • Sliced ham
  • turkey bacon
  • Plain yogurt
  • Nature Valley's oats n' honey
  • Almonds or walnuts
I also go to a local grocery store every two weeks to buy vegetables, which cost me another $10-15.

 

 

well i forgo some other luxuries to afford some of that good food. i always buy:

vitamuffins, apples, mushroms, lettuce (iceberg and romaine), laughing cow cheesebites, dannon light n fit yogurt, LTF tortillas, Natures Own Sugar free bread, chicken breast, Chicken of the Sea salmon packets,egg beaters, boca burgers, oscar mayer lunch meat, go lean crunch.

it's becoming a fact of life that grocery shopping is going to be very expensive no matter what you buy.
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Thank You everyone for your suggestions. So I went to the store and this is what I brought:

  1. tuna
  2. tomatoe basil wraps
  3. 100 calorie snacks (2 boxes)
  4. Carmel Corn rice cakes
  5. popcorn
  6. lettuce
  7. grits
  8. oatmeal
  9. cereal (honey nut cheerios)
I am hoping that this should last me this week and a little longer but I am getting paid this Friday so I should go shopping again. So far could this be seen as a healthy grocery list?

Thanks again for all of your suggestions!!

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Original Post by leelee27:

Thank You everyone for your suggestions. So I went to the store and this is what I brought:

  1. tuna
  2. tomatoe basil wraps
  3. 100 calorie snacks (2 boxes)
  4. Carmel Corn rice cakes
  5. popcorn
  6. lettuce
  7. grits
  8. oatmeal
  9. cereal (honey nut cheerios)
I am hoping that this should last me this week and a little longer but I am getting paid this Friday so I should go shopping again. So far could this be seen as a healthy grocery list?

Thanks again for all of your suggestions!!

 Looks good, but honestly the 100 calorie packs are a waste of money for someone who is trying to keep costs down.

Original Post by leelee27:

Thank You everyone for your suggestions. So I went to the store and this is what I brought:

  1. tuna
  2. tomatoe basil wraps
  3. 100 calorie snacks (2 boxes)
  4. Carmel Corn rice cakes
  5. popcorn
  6. lettuce
  7. grits
  8. oatmeal
  9. cereal (honey nut cheerios)
I am hoping that this should last me this week and a little longer but I am getting paid this Friday so I should go shopping again. So far could this be seen as a healthy grocery list?

Thanks again for all of your suggestions!!

you need some more protein! nuts and such. more fruits and veggies, and milk for that cereal

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