The Ultimate College Grocery Shopping List

Grocery shopping is fun and easy for many. In fact, grocery shopping is often loved by shoppers. When it comes to the college student, the budget is normally tight and therefore having a shopping list is essential when getting groceries.

Whether it is getting groceries on a monthly or weekly basis, I will be sharing the ultimate grocery shopping list that I have created. This will save you the hassle of thinking of all the possible items you would need on your list.

I have categorized them into the food groups that exist.  Using the MyPlate and a Unique list that many students would opt for. You can customize the list as is needed. There is no one cap that will fit all. We don’t all eat the same thing and based on our health we may have allergies.

Before and while you are grocery shopping there are a few things that you will need to be tactful of. You can view the full article on how to shop for groceries.

This will help you maintain a balance The aim is not necessarily to purchase everything that is listed but you have a wide variety that you can choose from. One way to not get tired of food is to have a wide variety to choose from. Eating the same old thing every day can stagnate your appetite.

MyPlate Shopping List


  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Eggplants
  • Stringed beans
  • Mixed vegetables canned or frozen
  • Other local vegetables


  • Paypaya
  • Apples
  • Cantaloupe
  • Blueberries
  • Honey Dew
  • Banana
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Orange
  • Strawberry
  • Other local fruits

Whole Grain

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Barley
  • Rice
  • Flour
  • Bulgar
  • Cornmeal


  • Chicken strips
  • Nuggets
  • Fish Fillets
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Turkey breast
  • Eggs
  • Lentils
  • Garbanzo Peas
  • Cheese
  • Sausage
  • Milk

The Three Important Meals


Breakfast is the most important meal and often recommended that should not be skipped. If one wants to skip a meal choose another one. You should eat breakfast like a King. Make it the most riching and heaviest meal as possible.

You need this energy to keep you for the greater and most productive portion of the day. Breakfast can be as simple as getting a fruit plate, a sandwich and a cup of tea. There is always the option to have breakfast on the go as a student.


Most students will eat out for lunch seeing they are often times on the go. Whether it is at the college campus cafeteria or some other fast food joint. This could be getting pizza, a burger, fries or a steady healthy vegan meal. There are lots of options for lunch and on the go snacks that you can take advantage of in your time of hurry to and from class.

Have lunch like a prince. You don’t need to make it too heavy. You don’t want to be sleeping in the midst of the day either. In fact, if a person wants to lose weight, this is a great idea.


Sometimes going home after a long day you are so beat and have so many assignments to do that you don’t have an hour standing around the stove. All you want to do is microwave something, heat up some leftovers or have one of those quick pack meals.

Sometimes all a student needs is to have some easy to prepare meals ideas at hand to be more efficient. Eat dinner like a pauper. Make it something light that can be easily digested before retiring to bed.

The Unique List

This list is an actual reflection of the choices many college students make. I refer to this list as the Unique List because what is listed here is not a complete meal per se. When you eat these listed, in no time you will be feeling hungry again. I see them as gap fillers to hold you until you can have a decent meal.


  • Crackers
  • Dried Fruits
  • Granola Bars
  • Pizza
  • Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Biscuits
  • Chocolates
  • Cookies
  • Other favorites


  • Hot chocolate
  • Fruit juices
  • Water
  • Tea
  • Smoothies
  • Juice mix

Frozen Food

  • Ice Cream
  • Yogurt
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Pizza rolls
  • Puddings
  • Patties
  • Fries
  • Frankfurters/sausages

Easy Dishes

  • Peanut butter and Jelly
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Cereal-flakes
  • Ramen Noodles

Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruits

  • Pumpkin seed
  • Raisins
  • Walnut
  • Pistachio
  • Cashew
  • Peanut
  • Almond

Herbs and Spices

  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Chilli Powder
  • Garlic Powder

Salad Dressings, Sauces, Condiments and oils

  • Hot pepper sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Mustard
  • Barbecue sauce

Personal Care Items

  • Tissue
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Body Spray
  • Shower Gel
  • Toothbrush
  • Razors
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Face or body scrubs
  • Hair products
  • Other hygienic care items

I hope that you were able to find some useful items for your list. Let me know your thoughts on some favorites that you would add to your own list.



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