Did you know that when you buy groceries on your own for the first time, they grocery fairy doesn’t replenish them? I was shocked and disappointed when I came to the inevitable realization that my groceries (and toilet paper) didn’t magically reappear when they ran out! Before moving out, I never ran into this issue. My fridge would always stock itself. I called my parents and asked them what had happened. They said I have to go back to the grocery store and buy some groceries to have…. groceries. “Oh.” This solution seemed too simple. So my roomie and I went grocery shopping. Stuff is expensive! We made a couple of mistakes…
DON’T… go to the grocery store when you are hungry. Everything will look good to you, and you will find that these are the foods that stay in your cabinets forever, or the same foods you throw out of your fridge every week.
DON’T… go without a list. A list helps you stay on track with what you need and the budget you plan on spending.
DO… check what you have before you go. You don’t want to end up with 2 gallons of milk that will expire before you can actually use them! Waste of money and space!
DO… stick with generic brands. They are generally A LOT cheaper, and taste the exact same.
DO… get things like bread and jelly… Having something cheap that can make plenty of fast snacks every now and then stops you from going out to grab something when you are hungry!
DON’T…overbuy. Usually, if I have a recipe, I tend to over-make. Not only does it not taste nearly as good later, but it is a waste of money buying so many more ingredients then you need.
DO…consider your options. My roommate makes wonderful alfredo sauce. Some of the best I have tasted. But consider the ingredients that go into that. For a quick little dinner, we buy about 25 bucks worth of groceries. Think of all the salad and pasta ingredients. If it’s not a special occasion, cut your bill in half by buying the $2 alfredo sauce, pre-made bagged salad, and any kind of noodles! Dinner in under $10! Not to mention there will be enough for a whole family! And delicious!
DON’T… buy something just because it’s on sale. I am so guilty of buying 10 of everything when there is a 10 for $10 sale! There was a point in our apartment where we had way too many donuts and oatmeal creme pies, which was great for the first week. That diet slowly gets old. Here’s the thing… if that’s the case (at Kroger usually), you don’t have to buy 10 of them! They will still ring up as a dollar, as long as you have a kroger rewards card! This card doesn’t cost a thing and usually saves you money on things you have to buy anyways!
Hopefully this is a little helpful… at least until the grocery fairy gets off her butt and starts to do her job… Some people are so lazy 🙂