10 Item Grocery List

Grocery shopping can be a hassle for college students. Make it easier on yourself and create a personal grocery list so you can grab everything quick and not spend too much time or money buying stuff you don’t need. Here is an example to get you started. You can get all of these items for around $30-$40.

  1. Milk- Necessary for healthy bones and strong teeth…oh and your cereal. ($3)
  2. Cereal or Granola Bars- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. ($3.50)
  3. Juice- Important for starting your day off right. ($3)
  4. Frozen Dinners- Quick and easy meals. ($2.50 each)
  5. Bread-Take a sandwich to-go. ( $2.50)
  6. Snacks-Things to munch on while you’re studying. ($3-$6)
  7. Bottled Water- Stay hydrated all day during your busy schedule. ($5)
  8. Fruit/ Vegetable- Be healthy! Choose your favorite fruit or vegetable. ($2-$4)
  9. Coffee/Tea- Essential for those early mornings and all nighters. ($5)
  10. Ramen Noodles- Can’t forget the cheapest, most college friendly grocery item! ($0.30)

For more information on grocery lists and healthy options check out Grocery List for College Students and Healthy College Food.


The Weekend Scene

A big part of any college experience is the fun of discovering the best place to grab a drink after a long week of classes. Luckily, the Dallas area is full of bars and restaurants, many of which have great happy hours. You might think that money-saving happy hours only occur during typical after-work weekday hours (often Monday – Friday, 4-7pm). However, it’s a testament to the great social scene in Dallas that there are plenty of good specials on the weekends as well. Here are a few examples from around the metroplex.

If you’re looking for a classy scene full of young, fun people, you can’t go wrong in Uptown. The popular Uptown Bar and Grill has a great happy hour that includes $2 kamikazes and $3 wells on Fridays, $4 vodka Red Bulls on Saturdays, and $3 Bloody Marys on Sundays, all from 7pm-2am. For Saturday or Sunday lunch, hit up Primo’s for $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas from 11am-4pm.

In Deep Ellum, highly-rated bar, The Bone, has $2 wells, $2 drafts, and $2.50 bottles from 6-8pm on Fridays (all week, actually). If you’re in the mood for Tex-Mex, try Monica’s Aca Y Alla for an all-night happy hour on Fridays that includes margaritas, beer, and well drinks for just $3 each. You also can’t beat their Sunday specials, which include extremely budget-friendly margaritas and mimosas for a mere $1 each, and screwdrivers and Bloody Marys for just $2.50 each. As a bonus, they also serve a $5.99 brunch special.

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Mid Semester Blues Pick-Me-Up!

Eyes crossed from the mid semester blues? Perhaps a good breakfast will do the trick to get your butt back in gear to finish out the semester strong. I recently had the grand pleasure of checking out a local hole-in-the-wall donut shop that is disguised as a pizza joint Monday-Friday. This delicious hidden treasure is within 5 miles of the UTD campus and is located on Preston, right before Frankford. Hypnotic Donuts is inside The Pizza Guy and man am I ever glad that I found this gem.

My roommate told me we needed to get there early but I had no idea that by early she meant at 6:30AM on a Saturday morning. Perhaps her intentions were correct because the weekend prior, they had SOLD OUT of donuts at 7:45am – just 45 minutes after they open! We arrived at The Pizza Guy, waited in our car patiently for the clock to strike 7:00AM. We were in line with 5 other people at 7:00AM when they opened up the gates to foodie heaven. The process was simple: look at their list of gourmet donuts, pick your poison, tell the sweet lady what you’d like, she writes it on a box, and then they dress the donuts while you patiently await your breakfast. Continue reading