Grocery shopping in college (on a budget!)

Happy Sunday, everyone! For those of you have been here for a while – you’re probably aware that I moved into my first apartment with three lovely girls a few weeks back. And let me tell you – it has been great! It’s a million times better than living in the dorms for so many reasons, and one of the big reasons is the freedom of food. I can eat what I want when I want and I know that it’s going to be tasty.

I am really big into healthy eating and nourishing my body so it’s a relief to know everything that is in the food I’ve been eating. I also really like to cook, and I’ve found that with just a handful of healthy ingredient I have been able to make a good variety of dishes to keep myself full and satisfied!

I had always been told that it was super expensive to eat healthy, and a lot of people use that as an excuse to eat garbage. Because of that I was really worried about what I was going to do this year as far as food goes, and I was shocked when I went to the grocery store on my own for the first time and found out how cheap veggies are!

I’ve always loved to cook, and because of that I really had no trouble imagining what I would need to buy in order to make myself meals for the week. I know that a lot of people aren’t in that boat, and the prospect of shopping completely on their own is super daunting, so I though I could help my sharing my grocery list! I included prices, but I know that they are going to vary greatly depending on where you live.

Also keep in mind, I limit my animal products, so I don’t eat much dairy at all, and only have meat one meal every day or two.

Weekly Groceries:

  • 7-10 sweet potatoes (they are my favorite!) ~$3.00
  • 5 avocados ~ $3.75
  • A bag of chicken breasts ~ $6.00
  • 4-6 roma tomatoes ~ $2.00
  • A bag of spinach ~ $2.00
  • 4 cans of tuna ~ $2.00
  • A of ground turkey ~ $2.00
  • Rice ~ $2.00
  • Shredded cheese ~ $2.50
  • Miscellaneous fruits/veggies on sale ~$5.00

Weekly total: ~$31.00

Bi-Weekly Groceries:

  • A bag of onions ~ $2.50
  • A bag of potatoes ~ $4.00
  • Garlic ~ $1.00
  • Hummus ~ $2.00
  • Bulk black beans ~ $1.00
  • Bulk garbanzo beans ~ $1.50
  • Veggie stock ~ $2.00

Weekly total ~$14/2 =$7 a week

Infrequent Purchases:

  • Your favorite spices (cumin, curry powder, onion powder, turmeric, paprika, etc.)
  • Olive oil
  • Non-stick spray
  • Butter
  • Chocolate chips

I am probably leaving something out – but this is the gist of what I buy when I go grocery shopping! I track my nutrition and calories on My Fitness Pal to make sure that I am consuming enough calories and getting all of the nutrients I need!