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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

January

Vegetables: cabbages, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower

Fruits: oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, papayas

February

Vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower

Fruits: oranges, grapefruits, lemons, papayas

March

Vegetables: broccoli, lettuce

Fruits: pineapples, mangoes

April

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

Fruits: pineapples, mangoes

May

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

Fruits: cherries, pineapples, apricots

June

Vegetables: corn, lettuce

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

July

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

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

August

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

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

September

Vegetables: eggplants, pumpkins, spinach, lettuce

Fruits: grapes, pomegranates, tomatoes

October

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

Fruits: cranberries, apples, pomegranates, grapes

November

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

Fruits: cranberries, oranges, tangerines, pears, pomegranates

December

Vegetables: sweet potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower

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

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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!

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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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