Grocery Shopping Tips for Your College Bound Child

So, your child is off to college huh? As a parent, you are going to worry about them, especially about what they eat. You want to ensure that your child eats healthy, but they have a limited budget. Here are some grocery shopping tips that can help them eat right and save money at the same time.

Make a list only of items you need– While it may be easier for you to just walk into the grocery store and fill your cart with whatever happens to look delicious at the time, this will not only run up your grocery bill in a hurry, but will also likely leave you with some pretty unhealthy food choices. So, before you leave on your grocery shopping expedition, make a list of only the items you need. Also, be specific with your list. For instance, don’t just write down bread or spaghetti, write how many of each you will need.

Browse the weekly sales ads- Every grocery store has its own weekly circular, which features the best deals for the week. The good news is that you don’t have to go to each store in town to get one of these circulars. Just Google the name of the grocery store and head to their website to find their weekly sales.

Purchase fruits and vegetables in season- You already know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but you want to be sure to purchase these items only when they are in season. Buying produce that is not in season will be more expensive. In Spring, purchase apricots, green beans and oranges; in Summer, purchase blueberries, cherries and cucumbers; in Autumn, purchase crab apples, grapes and mushrooms and in Winter, purchase grapefruit, kale and turnips.

Avoid convenience foods– Convenience foods are just that- convenient. The problem? The majority of convenience foods have little to no nutritional content and you also end up paying more for the “convenience.” Convenience foods are things like processed foods, frozen meals and hot, ready-to-eat meals.

Choose healthy snacks instead of junk food- No, you don’t need to buy 10 bags of Doritos and 8 packages of Oreos. Foods like these have poor nutritional value and are very unhealthy. You can still have snacks, as long as they are healthy ones. Instead of potato chips, try kale chips. Instead of a candy bar, eat some fresh fruit. Want something salty? Trade the salty peanuts for roasted pistachios.

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Mamasita Amber
Mama of three children and proud new mama of a standard poodle named Prince Miguel.

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