Grocery Shopping

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You don't always want to dine out though, do you? Of course not! It's a great idea to go shopping and cook for yourself every once in a while. You know exactly what you're ingesting and you can make fresh food that can be frozen and reheated when you're running low on time.

In Gainesville there are several stores to shop at: Wal-Mart, Publix, Sam's and Sweetbay all offer a large variety of groceries for you to choose from, as well as great deals. Publix has some of the best buy-one-get-one-free deals of any grocery store, and Wal-Mart offers low prices and price matching if another store is advertising a lower price. Also, there are TWO Publix stores located on Archer Road that are easy to visit either by the RTS bus system that runs through Gainesville or by private vehicle.

There are also a few essentials for dining at home, just in case you need a quick snack or back-up food for when you're too busy to go shopping for fresh food.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Peanut butter can go on bananas, apples, bread, anything! It's full of protein and has a long shelf life so you can keep it around between shopping excursions. Ramen Noodles are quick to make and extremely cheap (under a dollar a bowl or package). The only real downside to Ramen is that the flavoring powder is extremely high in sodium. Canned soups are also good due to their long shelf life and rapid prep time. However, like Ramen, some soups are very high in sodium which can be unhealthy. Frozen fruits and vegetables are a great investment. If you like to make smoothies or have a side dish for your main dinner, they come in handy because they don't go bad for months compared to weeks when fresh fruit is left on the shelf.