Grocery store shopping

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I feel like when it comes to grocery shopping you either love it or hate it. Personally I find it rather fun and enjoyable. This blog is going to cover some ideas on how to save money, not to buy “crap” food.

 To state the obvious, never ever ever shop on an empty stomach. You will spend a lot more and you won’t buy the healthy food you intended on purchasing. Food can be kind of like clothes.. Buy during the correct season!

Unless you specifically need something try shopping around the outside perimeter of grocery store, not in the aisles. That is where they keep the junk food and processed food that isn’t good for our bodies.  

LIST LIST LIST. MAKE A LIST.

Try to shop when you’re alone, you will buy less! I know it can be fun to go with a friend or roommate, but trust me on this one. I like to bring my iPod and listen to my music.  Also shopping early in the day and earlier in the week makes it so much more enjoyable if its not crowded and you don’t have to wait an hour in line to check out.

Don’t use coupons… wait what.. Do you ever see a coupon for lettuce or oranges? NO.  Coupons may offer savings, but they’re usually for some sort of processed food. Yes, obviously if its for something you frequently buy its okay to use a coupon.

You often hear the term buy in bulk; it will save you money they said. Well that is the case in many things especially if you have a SAM’s membership. However, that’s better if you have a large family or just want to buy toilet paper and paper towels.

Cut up your own food. I cannot stress this enough, how those little containers of pre cut veggies or fruit cost so much more that buying an actual apple, orange, and grapes.   

Generic vs. organic vs. name brand… Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Which is which and which one do you need to buy. I personally buy about ½ of my fruit and veggies organic, depending on how they look in the store. All of the meat I buy is organic or grass fed beef. I don’t usually buy generic name brands, but if you don’t care you can save more money if you do.  Do your research, and buy what you feel comfortable with. Don’t buy organic just to buy it.

Shopping for groceries can be fun if you let it! So eat a good meal, grab your list and your iPod and you are ready to go. 

Be sure to check out these cool blogs too! 

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/08/27/how-to-grocery-shop/

http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2008/06/30/saving-at-the-supermarket-15-great-grocery-shopping-tips/

http://pickyeaterblog.com/five-healthy-valentines-day-desserts/

 

Happy Shopping!

L

Out with the old

Howdy,

My name is Lucia Hood. Even though I attend the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, my family is made up of Aggies. So I’m an Aggie at heart. My major is public relations. I love to cook, scuba dive, and hang out with my boyfriend and our dog Shiner— yes like the beer.

I also love to shop and I don’t care what it’s for. It could be tools for my dad, groceries, or the perfect accessory at Nordstrom. I grew up in the country, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know anything about fashion. I’m the girl whose roommates ask to dress them or borrow my clothes, shoes and jewelry. I have been blessed a lot in life, and this is just something I love to do.

I wanted to start this blog to talk about all the great ways women can save money but still look great. How they can eat well, shop on craigslist without getting ripped off, and plan a dream wedding. I want all women to get what they want without overpaying.

Being in college is tough–trying to manage school, social life, work, and sleep. It’s also challenging to find time to squeeze in that workout every now and then. I have found a few ways to make a dollar go just a little bit further when doing any kind of shopping… Fashion first.

Okay, so every woman want a variety of clothes, but let’s be honest, how many of us wear 100% of what’s in our closet? Go through and pick out what you haven’t worn in the last 6 months or so. If it’s good quality but you’re just tired of it, try to sell it. There are resale shops that will pay you for your gently used clothes. If it’s been worn a lot, go ahead and donate it!

Also, take out ALL the clothes from high school; even if they still fit get rid of them. What we wore in high school is either no longer in style, not flattering, or too immature for our age. And that’s ok. Getting a little older doesn’t mean you have to dress like a soccer mom, a grandma or a nun.

Follow me on this journey to creating a new and better you–all while doing it affordably!

Check out these blogs too! They are my inspirations and always have good posts:

http://thecollegegirlbudget.blogspot.com

http://www.thebudgetfashionista.com/archive/budget-shopping-tip/

http://jseverydayfashion.com

http://the20somethings.com

http://www.thisconfettilife.com