Tips for the college cook

There are only two things every college student has in common…we’re all in college and we’re all on a budget. If you’re someone who cooks at home, then you might find grocery shopping to be a lot more expensive than you thought it would be. Here are some tips to help you save money on meals and grocery shopping (and some gifs of people eating)!

Don’t go out and eat too much! If you must go out to eat for the purpose of being social, set a limit for yourself. Maybe you’ll only go out to eat twice every month at most. This will save you a lot of money!


Don’t grocery shop when you’re hungry or in a hurry. The USDA advises this in order to avoid purchasing items that you didn’t originally intend to buy.


Compare prices the right way. It is great to compare prices when grocery shopping on a budget too, but make sure you’re also looking at the volume or units of the container to ensure that you are really getting the best value.


USE COUPONS. Yes, I know it sounds like something your grandmother does, but using coupons really does add up. Check out the latest Gonzaga coupon booklet and your local newspaper for deals on groceries and local restaurants!


Avoid those popular name brands. It’s true; those popular name brands get to us. Don’t let the most popular brand be what you always buy because it’s probably not the most inexpensive.


Buy what’s in season to save money! When it comes to fruits and vegetables, buying what’s in season can save you lot’s of money over time! Here’s a list of what’s in season and when to help you with that budget!


Vegetables: cabbages, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower

Fruits: oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, papayas


Vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower

Fruits: oranges, grapefruits, lemons, papayas


Vegetables: broccoli, lettuce

Fruits: pineapples, mangoes


Vegetables: zucchini, rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce

Fruits: pineapples, mangoes


Vegetables: zucchini, artichokes, asparagus, peas, broccoli, lettuce

Fruits: cherries, pineapples, apricots


Vegetables: corn, lettuce

Fruits: watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, cherries, blueberries, peaches, apricots


Vegetables: cucumbers, summer squash, corn, green beans, lettuce

Fruits: watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums, tomatoes


Vegetables: cucumbers, corn, eggplant, summer squash, green beans, lettuce

Fruits: watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums, tomatoes


Vegetables: eggplants, pumpkins, spinach, lettuce

Fruits: grapes, pomegranates, tomatoes


Vegetables: pumpkins, winter squash, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, sweet potatoes

Fruits: cranberries, apples, pomegranates, grapes


Vegetables: pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, spinach

Fruits: cranberries, oranges, tangerines, pears, pomegranates


Vegetables: sweet potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower

Fruits: pear, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, papaya, pomegranates


Plan a shopping list before going and stick to the list! I’m sure we’ve all experienced leaving the store with a cart full of groceries when all we needed was milk. Make a shopping list before you head to the store, that way you won’t be tempted!


Avoid the aisles that you don’t need anything in. Aren’t planning to buy cereal? Then don’t go in that aisle and tempt yourself to purchase some!




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