I don’t think any of these guys appreciate how expensive food is in SF! Also, I totally understand that if you don’t have a car and safeway is near you, than safeway is the only real option available. Hope it is the safeway in the Marina (date-way) and you can pick yourself up a rich marina milf!
If it was me, and I really needed to save the money, this is what I would do:
Make eggs your staple protein. Buy them in bulk (of course). Ground beef, chicken thighs, cheap fish (tilapia usually) would be secondary. When I say secondary, I mean that only when I couldn’t stomach even the thought of eggs that day is when I would turn to the secondary proteins. A tip on eating eggs - change the way you cook them (scramble/fried/hard boiled/poached/baked) to mix things up. Salmon rocks, and I love it, but at 7 bucks a pound (pretty damn good price actually…) it adds up quick!
Make rice your primary carb and calorie source. If you are really broke, you can’t afford lots of protein. If you do some extra running/sprints/whatever your favorite cardio is, you can still be lean on a higher carbohydrate diet. Potatoes are probably just about as cheap as rice. Rice is just my personal preference, and since it can be bought in bulk and stores well you will be less likely to have any spoilage.
As far as vegetables goes, you could (dare I say it??) omit them for most meals. My biggest tip would be that if you can, just buy enough for the next meal or two. I find that when I buy a lot of vegetables (say a bunch of spinach) I often lose a lot to spoilage.
Buy sriracha, tapatio, and chulula to add variety to your food.
If you can afford it, definitely get a protein powder! I would do a chocolate one so you can make ‘chocolate pudding’ as desert.
If you have extra money, I would spend it on grass fed butter (kerry gold), and wild caught salmon.
Just as a disclaimer:
I am all about grass fed/wild caught meats. I also fully believe in organic vegetables. I have done the AD/low carb diets many times for stretches of up to 6 months (in relation to my recommendation to go for a high carb diet).
However, I do these things because I am in it for the long haul as far as health goes. Given that logic, a few years of eating cheap crappy food (i.e. grain fed meat/low quality eggs) isn’t the end of the world.
You could also just move to the mission, buy a fixy, wear skinny pants, grow a beard, stop eating, and live off of PBR…