Shopping Hacks

Did you know Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase? Check out the simple shopping hacks below to save yourself your food, time and money.

  • Check through your pantry and fridge before going shopping.

  • Then write a shopping list, including quantities so you don’t overbuy.

  • Plan your meals weekly, accounting for any events for which you won’t need to provide your own meal, and ingredients that you already have.

  • Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season.

  • Buy only what you need and will use, to encourage you to cook and eat the food at home instead of buying takeaway.

  • Make use of supermarket specials when buying pantry staples (e.g. pasta, flour, rice). Spend most of your food budget on the five food groups, to get the most amount of nutrients in the least amount of kilojoules:
    • Vegetables and legumes/beans
    • Fruit
    • Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
    • Lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts, and seed and legumes/beans
    • Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or their alternatives

View the complete Shopping Hacks Guide Konstance Nicolopolous, a student at UniSA, put these tips and resources together to help other students.

Community Food Hub

Student making purchase at Baptist Care SA Community Food Hub

216 Wright St, Adelaide
Mon–Wed | 10am–3pm
Thurs | 10am–5pm

Baptist Care SA and Foodbank SA have joined forces to establish the city’s first food hub. Anyone with a concession card, student card or ImmiCard is welcome to shop for:

  • FREE bread, fruit, and vegetables
  • Food and essential items at a heavily reduced cost.

Learn more


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