How can I manage my money for groceries?

I'm a sophomore in college and I'm having a hard time managing my money. My freshman year I had a meal plan in order to eat at the campus' caf. But the food's really bad and also this year, none of my friends eat there (They just go grocery shopping and make their own food) I didn't have to worry about food last year because it was already taken care of. But this Fall I took it upon myself not to get a meal plan with the money that my parents gave me and kept it to buy food myself. But I'm terrible at it. I just spend it on random things online, eat junk food from the vending machines, or buy meals like subway which in the long run is pricey. Plus when I go grocery shopping I have no have no idea what to buy and what I do buy never last me more than a week. Please help, What should I do? I want to do this right next semester.

Also, approximately how much money should I ask my parents for food from January-April?

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  • Jill
    Lv 6
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Quit pissing it away on everything other than groceries. Common sense would dictate that you buy whatever type of groceries you like. Ask your parents to give you however much you'll need for 4 months of groceries, and be grateful for whatever they give you.

    Source(s): common sense
  • 8 years ago

    I find it incredibly hard to believe that a 19 year old adult can't walk through a grocery store and find food they want to eat.

    Do you cook at all? If you don't you need to start. Even if you can't figure out how to cook a meal you should at least be preparing your own meals at home. That money you spend at Subway for one sandwich could feed you for a week on lunch meat, cheese a loaf of bread and a bag of chips.

    The first thing you need to do is understand that money you have set aside is for food, not online shopping and not vending machine junk. You need to break the vending machine and fast food habit. It's a bad habit to get into and it isn't healthy.

    Set a plan. Do it on paper. Write down a menu for a week, each day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is what I'm eating. Go shopping, buy the food and stick to the plan. If you eat it all in 3 days then you get to starve for the next 4 days. You'll figure it out soon enough because only a complete fool would starve themselves.

  • 8 years ago

    Start by making a budget and a basic grocery list

    Budget approx. $40 per week for one person

    Your grcoery list should include

    fresh fruits and vegetables,bananas are an almost perfect food

    cereal

    milk

    bread,

    peanut butter

    jelly

    eggs

    oatmeal (if you like it, it's one of the cheapest most nutritious foods on the market) no instant, one minute cooking is better

    Complete pancake mix

    syrup

    nuts

    sandwich meats

    cheap cuts of beef

    margarine

    canned soup

    Shop the grocery store circular and build your meals by what's on sale.

    Stay away from:

    premade, frozen foods except vegetables, as these are expensive, and not very healthy

    prepackaged foods are often high in salt and sugar

    if you use a lot of something such as milk, buy the gallon or larger package of an item you use a lot of

    Here's a website that might help you get started,

    http://www.mnsu.edu/shs/healtheducation/bmc/

    Also check out websites that have frugal/cheap recipes to help you stretch your food dollars.

    TipHero.com Does your college have a extension office, contact them and see what they have for

    ideas and recipes. Hope this has helped you.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    get a job.

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  • DeAnne
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    A single person should be able to buy a week's worth of food for under $100.

    Stop buying stuff online and stop eating junk food.

    If you can't afford meat, other protein sources are: cottage cheese, beans,

    split peas, tofu... A good, cheap food plan would be:

    Breakfast: low fat milk on cooked 9-grain cereal (buy it in bulk from health food store), mixed with cooked oatmeal and wheat bran. Add some nuts, raisins, craisins and berries. Drink hot Ovaltine.

    Lunch: Egg, tuna or turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with bean or alfalfa sprouts and yogurt w/fruit. If you had meat loaf for dinner, bring a meat loaf sandwich (NO mayo). On cold days, a squatty thermos of hot chili, split peas with ham or beef stew.

    Snacks: Fresh (not canned) fruit: banana, orange, apple, kiwi, grapes, peach, nectarine, cherries, pineapple.. Protein powder shake with banana and yogurt.

    Dinner: Caesar salad with white meat chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, shredded cabbage, shredded cheese, shredded or sliced carrots and zucchini, hard boiled eggs, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, tofu, cottage cheese...

    Instead of salad dressing, squeeze 1/4 tomato over it or some lemon juice or mash some avocado with tomato juice.

    Or omelet: In blender, whip together eggs, tofu, cottage cheese, onions, garlic powder. Cook with mushrooms, chopped tomatoes. Top w/cheese.

    Foods to avoid: pastries, desserts, sugar, salty foods, syrup (even canned fruit in syrup), peanut butter, pork (wieners, chops, bacon), potatoes, white bread, rice, pasta, canned veggies, ice cream, oily foods, soda, coffee...And of course no tobacco or alcohol in any form. Both of those add wrinkles and destroy your organs. No oil except olive and mac nut.

    To keep your skin clear, drink water. Veg. juice is good too. But not canned juice (too much sugar.)

  • 8 years ago

    That was an excellent answer.

    You don't know how many people I see at grocery stores taking money out of an envelope.

    Everytime you get paid you take money and put it in there.

    Ex: 20% of your income on food).

  • 8 years ago

    Quit smoking pot

  • 8 years ago

    Over ask and set aside those funds in an envelope marked FOOD and don't touch it until you really need it.

  • nancie
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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