Whether your student lives on campus or off, they will need groceries. Orlando has plenty of places to shop right near UCF in this regard. For those new to Florida, let me first introduce you to Publix. Publix is a Florida-based supermarket with every department found in most grocery stores including produce, deli, meats, canned goods, seafood, frozen foods, flowers, bread, soda, and stationery, candy, dairy and so forth. There are two Publix supermarkets close to campus. The other major chain supermarkets you will find nearby include Walmart Neighborhood Grocery, and Aldi, which was new to me. Aldi is a retail chain selling a range of grocery items, including produce, meat & dairy, and some organic foods at discount prices. There is now a Lucky’s Market as well. Lucky’s is most comparable to a Trader Joe’s, The Fresh Market or Whole Foods in that their philosophy is to use local, organic and sustainable foods to support the local farmers and a farm to table existence. Sadly, for me at least, the nearest Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods to UCF are in Winter Park, about 30 minutes away. For those who have Amazon prime accounts (remember your student discount for Amazon prime), you get discounts at Whole Foods including 10 percent off sale items and exclusive deals. To get these discounts, download the Whole Foods app and sign on with your Amazon prime log in info. You can show to register cashier or give the phone number associated with your prime membership.There is, however, a Fresh Market about 15 minutes away, but their prices are generally less in line with a student’s budget.
If it’s an ethnic flair you’re seeking, check out Eastside Asian market which offers a wide variety of Asian-focused produce and groceries.
Get the App
Have your student download the apps for any of the grocery stores that offer them. Both Publix and Lucky’s apps have digital coupons. Taking a little time to check off the coupons they may use saves them, and possibly you, some money. Lucky’s also offers a rewards program which they can manage through the app. The rewards program offers another way to build up points and save money. Publix also sells a two part gift card that you can load from your local Publix onto your student’s gift card. It is another option if your student buys most of their groceries at Publix.
Of course, for those students who just can’t get to the grocery store, Shipt will deliver their groceries (and alcohol) right to them (for a fee, of course).
WeGoShop will deliver groceries as well.
By the way, the UCF Shuttle to the grocery stores is on Tuesday.