This is one of those posts that we put on the back burner and kind of forgot about. Basically we’ve been wanting to write this post for a very long time now. We know that this subject is important and we didn’t want to screw it up.
We hypothesize that the inability for college students to go grocery shopping directly correlates to the null presence of the student in the kitchen (like all the prob and stat jargon?). In other words, if kids can’t grocery shop they ain’t gonna be cooking.
Now you can see why this topic is so important and why we wanted this post to be absolutely perfect. If we want to convince college kids to cook, we need to help get them to the grocery store first!
There are three main reasons why college kids don’t go grocery shopping:
- The store is far away and they don’t have a car
- They are lazy and think making a grocery list is hard
- The grocery store is intimidating and too expensive
Let’s tackle one at a time.
Store far, No car
This is by far the hardest obstacle when it comes to grocery shopping – how do I transport the goodies back? If you have a car on campus (like we fortunately do) you have no excuse not to go grocery shopping. If you don’t, we have two solutions.
One, find a friend or roommate who does have a car and designate a day and time that works best for both of you to go grocery shopping. Offer to pay them an allowance for the transportation (gas ain’t free) or pay for a portion of their grocery bill. Don’t take advantage of them because they are all you got!
Two, stock up! When your parents visit, have them bring you a lot of the essentials. If you want to know what they are check out our Stuff You Need tab. That way you will have everything you need for a basic meal. Now all you have to do is take a bus to the grocery store and buy enough for 2 or 3 bags. Remember you’ll also have to bring it all back on the bus.
Get the gist, Make a list
Countless and we mean COUNTLESS articles have been written about this scrap of paper. Just Google it if you don’t believe us. This list is so important that we saved our first grocery list we ever made (well Declan because he is weird).
Now, this magical piece of paper is not as complicated as you think to make. If you spend 5 minutes putting together a grocery list, not only will it save you time in the store, it’ll save you money from impulsive buying.
So here is our way of making a grocery list:
- Get a piece of paper and a PENCIL
- In the upper right hand corner write your list of meals you want to make
- Find the recipes for the meals and write down all of the ingredients that you don’t have
- Add in any snacks, lunch or breakfast necessities
- Boom, you’re done
From grasshopper, to smart shopper
Okay we’ll be honest, when we go grocery shopping we wished it looked like:
But most of the time looks more like:
Okay maybe not that extreme but sometimes it feels like it. But do not fear! The grocery store is neither intimidating nor expensive. If you are visiting a grocery store for the first time, they are pretty easy to navigate through. The more times you visit, the more comfortable you will be finding the items on your grocery list. Also, try to avoid the aisles with frozen dinners, pop (soda), and unhealthy snacks.
As for expensiveness, stick to your list! Impulsive buying will cost you. Another way to save is to buy generic brands instead of brand name products. This is kind of obvious but for some reason people still love their brands (this rule does not apply to ketchup, always buy Heinz ketchup!) And always look out for those good deals, especially when it pertains to meat. You can always freeze meat if there is a buy one get one sale.
Enough with the rhyme, time to unwind
Okay well this has been our longest post to date. If you have any great grocery shopping tips, share them in the comments below!
Also, our Cuisinart immersion blender give-away contest is in full swing! Check out our previous post to see how you can enter to win!