Grocery shopping on a budget

As college students, we quickly learn how far we can stretch a dollar. We don’t have piles of money to throw around, as seen below.


At the same time, we all have to eat. Finding the places on campus that give out free food on a daily basis can get tough. Here’s a rough grocery list of things that you can get (prices are approximate) for 110 dollars, depending on where you shop. Prices are based off of Meijer prices without sales.

Animal protein

This is a good place to spend the bulk of your money. If you don’t eat meat, you can disperse the money to other areas as you see fit.

  • 4 lbs. chicken
  • 5lbs ground beef
  • 4 dozen hormone-free cage-free eggs

Total: 45 dollars


Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are bad for you. Here are some that have some that are great resources of healthiness.

  • 2 small jars of peanut butter
  • 2 large avocados
  • 1 bag omega trail mix
  • 1 bottle olive oil (to cook with)

Total: 16 dollars

Fibrous carbs and nutrient-rich foods

Soak up all of the nutrients that you can when you’re shopping for food.

  • 4 heads organic broccoli (or 2 heads of broccoli and 2 heads of cauliflower)
  • 3 large peppers (assorted: green, yellow, red)
  • 2 bags green beans
  • 1 large bag organic spinach

Total: 10 dollars


This stuff tastes great and it turns out that it’s pretty healthy for you too.

  • 1 bag sweet potato fries
  • 5 lb bag sweet potatoes
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 6 large bananas
  • 6 large apples
  • 2 lbs raw oats

Total: 16 dollars


You’re going to need to put something on your food for flavoring. Or you’re going to need something to drink that’s healthy (other than lots and lots of water).

  • cayennne pepper
  • cracked pepper
  • green tea bags
  • salsa
  • coffee
  • limes

Total: 20 dollars

What not to get

These are the things that are unnecessary and may save you money if you don’t purchase them. Plus, they’re not the best for you either. Kill two birds with one stone.

  • Sports drinks
  • TV Dinners
  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Water (you have a sink)
  • Ice cream

At the end of the day, the choice is yours. Eat healthier with your budget or spend money on foods that are unnecessary. You choose.


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