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Hi everyone! I’ll be moving out soon and since I’m a broke college kid, I’m look…

Hi everyone! I’ll be moving out soon and since I’m a broke college kid, I’m looking for a good way to budget & plan meals ahead. Like how do I know how much food I should buy at a time when I grocery shop? Help!!🥲🥲

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39 thoughts on “Hi everyone! I’ll be moving out soon and since I’m a broke college kid, I’m look…”

  1. Christina Driscoll

    Aldi’s is a great place to shop.
    Meals with egg, bread, rice, potatoes, ground beef, chicken and in season fruit and vegetables will be your cheapest option.

  2. Candice Hughes

    Unfortunately it’s hard to shop for one person. I eat off the same meal for four days. You think it would be easier just feeding yourself but I find it hard actually. Basically buy meals you can freeze so ur not eating same stuff over and over. When I cook I can feed a family of four.

  3. Cheryl Shipley

    How many times a day do you it? Plan accordingly. If you eat 3 times a day. Make a menu for each day…then put down all you need to get at the grocery to make the meal. Dont be tempted to Overbay. You end up having stuff like fruit go bad before you can eat it all. There is one of you…be mindful and you will be fine.

  4. Basic staples: A loaf of Bread, a bag of potatoes, a bag of apples, a carton of eggs, and milk. Now, start looking at luxuries: Peanut butter for the bread, and apples. Can you afford jelly? Can you afford cooking oil? If not, boil or poach your eggs in water. Bake your potatoes, can you afford salt, sour cream, cheese, chives to top your baked potatoes with?

  5. Kristen Staniforth

    I truly just buy one pack of chicken and one pack of hamburger meat and one pack of steak at a time I buy a bunch of steamable veggies and make sure to keep milk and butter in the fridge and seasonings in the cabinet along with instant potatoes rice and a couple cans of baked beans

  6. Keep a food journal from now until when you go. What you eat- when you eat it. You’ll have a better idea of your specific consumption.

  7. Michelle Rister Puckett

    One thing must have… Keep powdered milk in pantry. As dorm student may not always have fresh milk for recipes.

  8. Jesse Willette

    Shot and prepare what is on sale. If you have a freezer some beef maybe some chicken to use as needed.

  9. Patricia Huffman

    Ok try a 20.00 a week budget make out a list of things meal wise that you like as in meats like hamburger you can split it up and freeze it make hamburgers and spaghetti and meatballs and chili All with one package of hamburger and one package of chicken breast separate them one in each freezer bag then for things to go with it go to the dollar tree and buy stuff there canned goods stay long so stuff like canned chicken and Tina fish you can get hamburger helper and put any of the meats you bought also they sell milk and butter there anything you buy in a regular grocery store the dollar tree has or even dollar general or family dollar you can also buy canned ham if you stick to it you will have extra money so always put a twenty aside for saving up a don’t think about that twenty and do it every time you get paid before you know it at the end of the year you’ll see what you’ve saved just by budgeting good luck sweetie and congratulations on college

  10. Michelle Rister Puckett

    Aldi’s. I always stock up on my staples and pantry foods once a month. Then buy my meats and veggies once a week to keep fresh.

  11. Carrie Johnson

    When see sale stock up
    I bought 2 whole chicken for $10 from winco. To boil and had one large bowl of shredded chicken that lasted me little over a month

    If you get it get white or yellow onions yellow sre better
    Wash chicken drain excess juice and get insides out if there is insides
    Pat dry with paper towel carefully not to let it stick
    Place in Dutch oven or stock pot
    Peal and chopped onions in slices
    Wash and peel and cut carrots in baby size or use index finger length
    Wash and cut celery in index finger lengths
    Place some veggies inside the chicken surrounding the chicken
    I usually use half an onion
    Three to four celery stixk
    Cup of carrots
    Place water to cover the chicken
    Careful on the Dutch oven it covers it completely full
    Let it boil then immediately to simmer
    Let it simmer for an hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes
    Sometimes I let it go longer
    Skim any fat off and get out the chicken
    Place veggies bsck in pot
    Keep any chicken bone for bone broth and place bsck in pot
    Let the broth simmer for an hour skim any fat once done store in container

    If want homemade chicken noodles
    Discard the veggies at this point and add fresh veggies same carrots, onions, celery,
    Add in shredded chicken
    Add in egg noodles
    Add 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
    1 tablespoon parsley
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoon pepper
    Let it simmer until noodles are done
    If you want let it cook s while before adding noodles too

  12. I’m in college and just starting to cook more at home. Unless you were raised cooking or enjoy it, it can be very hard to be motivated to just cook for just yourself. What I have done is find a couple of meals that sound good for that week and buy the ingredients for only those meals plus buy some consistent basics that you know you’ll eat if you are tired and don’t end up wanting to cook. I had to learn to be realistic and sometimes half recipes and don’t expect myself to cook every meal of breakfast lunch and dinner every day. I always keep a cereal I like, some frozen pizza, lunch meat and bread, so I can have consistent easy food. Not just whole meals I have to either cook or end up wasting because I plan to cook more than I end up realistically having the energy for.

    Also, it’s trial and error. I would go to the store and get stuff you think you’d eat that week and you’ll catch on pretty fast how much you’ll actually need and how much to plan on spending Each week you go back. And leftovers are yummy so even if you make a big meal you can eat it the next day.

  13. Rebecca Sampson

    Being on a budget you can do this easily I would shop get plenty to drink soda water etc . cereal milk chips subs or raps Harris Teeter has large subs that you can eat on 2 days buy soup or Ramon noodles eggs and bacon go on meal dates like cook outs for the fun of it least you can get your belly full plus buy fruit watermelon canolope apples and nuts peanut butter and jelly will help you save money too don’t share your food remember you’re on a budget you can also visit food pantries

  14. Buy those noodles in a package in different flavors, like the Knorrs, and add a little meat such as cut up hot dogs or canned chicken and tuna.

  15. Dayanara Million

    When I moved out on my own 8 years ago I spent $150 on just me and 150 of my little boy so $150 / 4 = 37.5 a week so now that everything has gone up I would go for 50 a week

  16. I know when my kids moved out they would cook a recipe Monday leftovers on Wednesday and Tuesday leftovers on Thursdays

  17. Mary Ellen Nunn Bartow

    I’d invest in a slow cooker if you don’t already have one. Cheaper cuts of meat can become delicious meals.

  18. I guess the first question is can you cook? If yes then looking at store ads for sales and going from there.

    If you are not real sure how to cook. I would suggest looking for recipes that you enjoy. Then you have an idea of ingredients to look for. You could go a step further by pricing the ingredients out typically not on sale. This way you know this dish typically cost ten dollars to make. You can then decide if that meal falls in budget.

    I would also suggest making things that have the same ingredients. Peppers, onions could add sausage to it or go another route Adding more veggies and Asian seasoning. Could take leftover sausage, peppers and onions chunk up an add to pasta sauce.

    I would buy ziplock or freezer containers so you can freeze some. A big pot of soup or chili is not difficult to make and can be frozen for quick meals.

    I would also google recipe divider. This way you can put the ingredients in and easily see what you would need based upon 2 servings or six. This helps so you don’t have a ton of leftovers but can use the other half of the onion, pepper etc… to make a different meal.

    Good luck 🍀

  19. Marilyn Bennett Warren

    Use the weekly sale paper to plan your meal based what’s on sale that week. When you can, cook double and put half in the freezer for another day. Buy a rotisserie chicken from the deli, debone and divide it in half. Have a grilled chicken salad one night and chicken quesadillas the next night.

  20. Moniek Harrison

    Slow cooker check out slow cooker central cook in bulk then freeze individual portions 🙂

  21. Amanda Walker Beetham

    Go to yard sales for crockpot or things you will need or thrift store for kitchen goods

  22. Best thing to budget for your groceries is to shop sales on a weekly basis and to buy pantry staples when they go on sale.

  23. Buy in bulk when you can and invest in zip locks. I buy at least 5lbs burger at a time and freeze in 1lb increments (flat in a sandwich baggie, stackable) same with chicken or stew meat. You ARE ALLOWED to buy 1 squash. Get bags of baby carrots. Think snacks too. I buy mixed veggie bags and cook what we like best first. Look at the food and think creatively. Was real fun when I had my own place. Sushi for breakfast!

  24. A whole chicken can be used for several meals. If you have access to Costco/Sam club $4.98 roasted. I have chicken, potatoes and a vegetable. 2) chicken salad 3) quesadilla or taco 4) chicken pot pie using all the leftover vegetables from the first day.

  25. Tennille Baynham

    Make enough for a couple of meals and freeze for future weeks and lunches. Buy off the sales (catalogues). I will go to 2 supermarkets to get everything needed. Most recipes are for 4 people so that will give you extra. Then freeze in seperate meals so only have to take out enough for 1 meal.
    Easy things are :
    1. pasta dishes eg bolognaise, lasagne etc
    2. Stews – beef, lamb. ( you can make in to ours or gave in toast)
    3. Savoury mince- have for breakfast with egg on toast, or on rice
    4. Breakfast burritos
    5. Savoury or sweet muffins (defrost over night or heat in microwave)
    5. Apricot chicken on rice
    6. Pesto chicken pasta (hot or cold)

  26. Check with your local grocery store, find out when items in the meat case get marked down. The Walmart closest to us marks down on Monday and Wednesday. Great for getting a decent cut of steak or a roast for the crockpot.

  27. Stephanie VanWinkle

    Check out a dollar store for some of your basic supplies. (Spices, flour, sugar etc.). I Iike buying flour there because I can get a smaller bag. I keep seeing posts about Aldi’s but we don’t have one in the area so dollar stores are good options.

  28. Dee Villarejos

    Not sure if this was asked but where do you live? Cost of food varies. Can you cook and do u want to cook meals? A budget can be anywhere from $300 – $600 a month or more depending on the life style and location.

  29. Look at recipes. If it’s just you then a chicken breast or 2 or 1lb of hamburger for hamburger helper and stuff. Then plan out what meals you want to make for the week/month and use that to determine how much you will need

  30. Katelyn Margaret

    The Frugal Fit Mom on YouTube has some awesome videos about starting your pantry, and some really great budget food ideas. Buy what’s in season/on sale, and freeze portions for later consumption. That way you won’t get sick of the same thing day after day. Check the sale papers for the store before you go, and plan ahead with a list. Number your meals for the week instead of assigning days, it makes it easier to switch out a meal you’d like without feeling guilty! I portion out what I’m eating for the current meal, and immediately box or bag up the rest. It doesn’t take long, and it takes away the temptation to just throw the whole pot in the fridge.

  31. My best suggestion is to really shop the ads. Decide what you’re going to eat (especially protein wise!) based on what’s on sale that week. And if you’ve got any freezer room buy extra meat or cheese or whatever when it’s on sale and freeze it

  32. Heather Guevara

    The best way I’d plan your meals. Set up a monthly meal calender and buy according to that.

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