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Verenaisi Raicola
Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas is over and with the New Year just days away those going to college next year are gearing up for something special.

There are some notes on Student Budgeting: How to Spend Less When Food Shopping that is worth noting for those of you getting ready for college soon.

An article by Poppy Reid says student budgeting should be fun.

What with rent, bills, stationery, books and the odd costume for the latest society's party, money's tight. It's sometimes difficult to stick to your budget, but here are some tips on how to cut costs when shopping for food.

Look for Deals and Special Offers

All year round there are special offers on food—half price, 2 for 1, price roll overs and more. When you're out shopping, keep an eye out for these offers so as to get the best deal.

Avoid Myths

There are many common food myths that can make your life more expensive, such as 'tinned food isn't healthy' and meat cannot be refrozen.

Also keep an eye out on offers such as '2 for $3' or '3 for $4', as sometimes the offer actually turns out to be more expensive than the original price.

For example, there may be an offer on 2 for $3 on fruit juice, but the individual cartons are only $1 each.

This isn't usually the case but it can happen. Simply using your phone's calculator can work out which deal really is the best for you, and whether it's a deal at all.

Cheaper and Different Brands

Many people stick to the same brand simply because, well... they always have.

Your parents may always have bought Walkers crisps, or you may always get Cadbury's hot chocolate. But sometimes switching to a different brand can save you money.

In supermarkets the same types of products are always together on a shelf, so look at the entire aisle and find the cheapest available.

If you find out later that you don't like the new brand you've tried, simply don't buy it next time.

Or you might even find that the cheaper version is now your new favourite! Who knows? You could end up saving a lot of money by switching brands.





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