Your First Food Shopping List

I’m sure that on your first food shop a lot of you will buy every single food that you like and everything on offer. However, this is not always the best way to go. You need to think how often you are going to do a shop and plan for the week or so what you’re going to eat. You have to remember you are only buying for 1 person!

This blog is going to give you a basic shopping list of what I would recommend you buy on your first food shopping trip and give you some top tips on how to use and make your food last!


Here goes the shopping list…

  • Porridge/cereal
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Your favourite spread for toast
  • Eggs
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Chicken
  • Mince
  • Fish
  • Pasta sauce
  • Curry sauce
  • Your favourite fruit
  • Your favourite vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Ham
  • Pitta bread
  • Potatoes (you can make jackets, mash, roast potatoes or chips to go with a meal)
  • Baked beans
  • Soup
  • Salt, pepper and dried herbs (always useful)
  • Some sort of Pot or Super noodles (of course you need an emergency stash!)
  • Frozen pizza (always comes in handy)
  • Something sweet of your choice!

This shopping list would last me over a week, but there are a lot of the basic foods there that you can either freeze or re-heat, so they’ll last. You have to remember some foods can be kept a while, such as rice, pasta, tins and jarred foods, so you do not have to eat them so soon. Whereas, things like fruit and vegetables and particularly meat will go out of date a lot more quickly.

From this shopping list a variety of meals can be made. For example, just for breakfast you could have, porridge/cereal, toast and your favourite spread, beans on toast, cheese on toast or eggs on toast. For dinner you could use mince to have a Chilli Con Carne dish or Spaghetti Bolognaise and with the chicken and fish you could have pasta, rice or some type of potato. It is good to vary your meals throughout the week, so you don’t get bored of eating the same thing!

Top tips:

  • When you buy something, such as chicken, mince or fish, leave 1 or 2 portions in the fridge that you will eat within the next couple of days. You can put the rest in the freezer wrapped up in a freezer bag. This way the food will not go off in the fridge and will not go to waste!
  • Another option is to buy frozen meats, fruits and vegetables. This way they last a lot longer and are usually quite a bit cheaper!
  • Typically you would not eat a whole loaf of bread to yourself before it goes out of date, so what I tend to do is freeze it. I would then take a couple of slices out whenever I wanted toast and put it straight in the toaster from frozen, so the loaf does not go to waste!

For your time at uni this will become your best friend!

Good luck!

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