If you're a freshman and going to buy groceries for the first time, it's a good idea to have a starter list with you. Being able to make your own meals and keeping them both nutritious and economical, can be quite a balancing act. You will need a list of grocery items that you can use to make dishes that will require only a few inexpensive ingredients.
Your starter grocery list should include baking mix, sugar, cooking oil, cereal, bread, jam, peanut butter, milk, eggs, cheddar cheese, margarine, butter, frozen meats and meals, ground beef, chicken, tuna, deli meat, apples, oranges, melons, bananas, lettuce, broccoli, corn, mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, beans, peas, onions, lemon juice, apple juice, orange juice, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, salsa, salad dressing, oats, rice, pasta, salt, pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, Italian or Greek seasonings, ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, chips, popcorn, corn chips, cookies, granola bars, soda, coffee, tea, and soup. These items will vary depending on individual flavor choices.
Make copies of this list and use it to determine which items need to be replaced on your next grocery shopping trips. Simply cross the names of the items you still have or don't need. The items remaining will become your new list. As you become more accustomed to grocery shopping and preparing your own meals, you will want to add new items to your list.
Check online for new meal ideas. There are many websites dedicated to providing college students with new and tasty dishes. The preparation instructions will also provide you with a list of the ingredients you will need. You can simply print off the new list and add it to your old one. Be sure to check for coupons that might reduce the prices of the items on your list. The savings can make it possible to purchase more groceries, or items that are more expensive.