Moving to university is the first time most of us have lived away from our parents. Although it’s an exciting time, it also means we have to take a lot of responsibilities. Before I moved to Worcester, I absolutely hated helping with the grocery shopping at home. It seemed so boring, but having control over your food shopping and what goes in your trolley can be fun.
Here are my 5 top tips for food shopping (and how to make your student loan go further)
- Shop around. Don’t just go to one shop. As there is plenty of choice for food shops in Worcester, they all compete with their prices and offers, helping us get the best deals.
- Get loyalty cards. A Nectar card for Sainsbury’s entitles us to plenty of vouchers to help with our shop. As does The Co-op card.
- Don’t shop alone. Sharing food is one of the best ways to save money and stop wasting it. Bread goes out of date very quick, so sharing stops us wasting half that loaf because it’s blue. Sometimes it’s cheaper to buy more, like buying a massive bag of pasta to share instead of a little one each. Also plenty of super markets have offers buy one get one free, where we might not need two of the same thing, doing it with a friend means you save the money and only get what you need.
- Write a list. Check what you actually need, as much as Asda or Sainsbury’s might have loads of offers on, I can guarantee – most of the time it is things you don’t need.
- Go own brand. Don’t get put off by buying own brand items, Asda’s smart price and Sainsbury’s basics range are just as good as most brands, and a hell of a lot cheaper.