When it comes to shopping and food, many students go to the extremes...either stocking too much food and seeing it go to waste, or not stocking up at all and finding that eating out every day is creating a big dent in their finances.
Finding that balance seems illusive to many students, but it can be achieved by following a few tips:
Know your local area. Find supermarkets instead of expensive local convenience stores
Do one big shop a week, not every day and if possible, never when you’re hungry
Make a shopping list and stick to it, unnecessary items should be kept out of the basket!
Shop with your flat mates; take advantage of 2-4-1 offers
Bulk Buy Basics, such as rice and pasta (larger packets can work out cheaper)
Buy fresh vegetables from local markets
Look out for supermarket offers, but don’t buy them if you don’t need them
Time your shopping to find reduced items
Take advantage of supermarket price wars, supermarkets with Price Guarantees, Price Promises Brand Match, can help towards saving more money while shopping
FixtureFerrets – for all your supermarket offers
My Supermarket – by inputting your shopping list, it will work out where you can find all the items at the best price
or if you know you don’t have time for a visit to the supermarket, shop online at any of the leading supermarkets, take advantage of online discounts and make sure they have free delivery.
It’s always a struggle to combine portion control and healthy eating with the ability to save money and eating three balanced meals a day is important to keep functioning properly
A large breakfast, a moderate lunch and a small dinner is a great way to balance your food, have variety, eat proportionally and save on money. It also means you’re less likely to buy overpriced snacks during those ‘empty’ periods.
Stick to your 5-a Day, consuming fruits and vegetables on a daily basis will keep your body healthy
If you have leftovers from meals, freeze them for later, not only does this reduce waste, but it also guarantees you food for when cooking becomes a little too much for that day
Cooking for and eating with friends can be a great way to socialise, save money and be healthy
Stay fuller for longer. Low GI foods are a good way to keeping yourself fuller for longer, but must also be taken as part of a balanced diet.
Drink plenty of water. Keeping hydrated can increase concentration and maintain a healthy body