A College Girl’s Budget Friendly Healthy Grocery List + Printable!

I love grocery shopping! It’s honestly a blast; I love going down a nice, clean store and picking up new ingredients to create some healthy yet tasty meals. I’ve had a pretty limited ability to do any major gourmet cooking while I’ve been in California where I’m limited to two pots and pans. Oh, and I don’t even have any mixing spoons! But, I have mastered the buying small amounts of food for a good price and then having to carry it all back to the dorm. Shoutout to not having a car for 2 months, lol.


I know what it’s like to cook in a small kitchen with limited supplies, oh and being a semi-broke college student on a budget. Throwback to when I wrote this popular post about grocery shopping on a budget. Check it out here. I tell you all my tips for shopping on a budget over on that fine blog post. Today, I figured I would give you a typical list that I would bring with me on a normal grocery shopping trip. I tend to go around every two weeks. I’ll pick up produce and meat/fish once a week, but this is what a typical bi-weekly grocery trip would look like.

Also, side note, I’m thinking about buying my produce at the farmer’s market because I’ve heard really good things! For now, I buy everything at Walmart, Harris Teeter, or Trader Joe’s depending on how I’m feeling!

Produce

Bananas
Raspberries
Blackberries
Strawberries
Baby Spinach or Half & Half Salad Mix
Sweet Potato
Zucchini
Russet Potato
Red Bell Pepper
Green Bell Pepper
Asparagus
Avocado
2 Heads of Broccoli

Dairy & Eggs

Danon Vanilla Greek Yogurt
Swiss Cheese Slices
Pack of 6 Eggs

Snacks

5 Kind Bars or GoMacro Bars
SkinnyPop Original Popcorn
BareNaked Granola

Oats & Grains

Belvita Chocolate & Oats Chewy Bars
Special K Cinnamon & Almond Cereal
Whole Wheat Bread
Mini Plain Bagels

Drinks

Gold Peak Sweat Tea
Medium Roast Iced Coffee

Dinner Entrees

{Pick 2}
Salmon
Chicken Tenderloins
Turkey Burgers
1/2 lb Lean Ground Beef

This is what my cart would be filled with on a filler grocery trip! At the start of each month, I’m typically out of some of these essentials ! I figured I would share the things that I will buy every once and awhile, but don’t need to be purchased weekly!

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
Chia Seeds
Frozen Fruit and Veggies
Taco/Fajita Seasoning
Mozzarella/Taco Mix Shredded Cheese
Halo Top Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Brown Rice


While this may or may not come out to be exactly $50 dollars, I get pretty dang close! I can get all these things with sales and smart shopping for pretty close to that price. Also, you can mix and match most of the things on the list to make 3-4 dinners! That’s enough for two weeks of dinners, realistically! Did I miss anything? What are your favorite recipes and food essentials?

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  • This is such a great post!! I’m definitely going to take some items from this when building my standard list.

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  • This is great! I’d love to see your meal plan for the week. I’m not in college anymore but am cooking for two, and we still eat like we’re in college 😉 That chicken + beans + corn bowl looks delicious!

    xoxo, Paige
    http://www.thedailypaigeblog.com

    • I was actually thinking about doing that once I get back to college and in my cooking rhythm again! I love love love cooking, so that would be a fun post that I don’t do very often! Thanks for the suggestion, and yes high key recommend trying that, it’s delish!
      xo, G

  • This is such a great post! Even after college, I still love saving money, while also trying to eat healthy, which isn’t always the easiest. When I buy bags of lettuce, I’ll make a salad at the beginning of the week which lasts for the rest of the week, and is such a great way to eat well and makes me actually eat the salad throughout the week so it doesn’t spoil!
    Caitlin

    • So smart! I hate wasting produce, so that’s a really great idea! Thanks for reading!
      xo, G

  • Much needed post! I’m trying to come up with a new strategy for grocery shopping. I want to make sure I utilize all the ingredients I buy in one trip. Instead of letting some go to waste. My go to item is a bag of spinach. I eat a lot of pasta so it’s great for throwing in some greens into my fav dishes.

    -Kim 🙂
    http://www.simplybeingkim.wordpress.com

    • Ahh I feel ya girl! Spinach goes great in salads and pastas like you said, and omelettes! So yummy. Thanks for reading!
      xo, G