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Diet on a Budget


#1

any ideas? my family is in a tight place and my mom would like me to stop eating as much as i do. im prohibted from using any money from work now due to needing money for college in two years.
Stats:
age 16
bw: 185
height: 5'10
diet:
morning- 2 three egg omelets with cheese and oatmeal plus a glass of milk
about 50 some grams of protein
after workout- 40grams of protien GNC brnad whey shake
lunch- two burgers and a glass of milk
about 66 grams of protein
lunch 2- two ham or turkey sandwitchs
about 50 grams of protein
dinner- what ever my dad makes, usually 50 grams od protein
ill usually snack on beef jerky through out the day and ill sometimes sub in two cans of tuna if i miss lunch 1 or 2 cause of work
lately ive been having to eat hot dog weiners too due to money and such
any help appreiated.


#2

looks like you're onto something with the milk, eggs, and ground beef. those are some of the best bang-for-you-buck foods when you're looking to gain weight. potatoes, rice, bananas, peanut butter, olive oil, and whole chickens are also good values in terms of calories per dollar.


#3

At my local sam's club I buy ground turkey for 11 dollars and something cents for 5 pounds of it. I cook that up and split it into tupperware containers with veggies. Cheapest way I have found. I would suggest finding a store near you that sells things in bulk, such as a sams club, and check out the meat prices.

At the regular grocery stores chicken breasts are over 4 dollars a pound, and I can get a 12 pound pack for 1.97 a pound at sams club. Milk, eggs, ground meat, peanut butter, and large economy sized bags of nuts are some of the cheapest ways to get the calories and protein in.


#4

Between eggs, milk, ground beef and peanut butter, I don't see how you can really get any better bang for the buck


#5

Im in college right now and have the same issue. What works for me is oats, rice, and potatoes for carbs. For protein the cheapest thing I have found is online protein powder sales...I purchased 25 pounds of protein powder for ~ $100. Yeah, the quality is not the best but its cheap. I also recommend scouring sales at different stores. I've found chicken breast for $1.95 a pound and top round for $1.99 a pound on sale. Costco also has bulk milk and eggs. Having to penny pinch when you're on your own sucks...but I guess thats growing up! :slight_smile:


#6

Hey bro

Look for frozen pollock. Its about five bucks a bag and you get like 8 filets.

You'll find all kinds of frozen fish deals at walmart.

Walmart makes it cheap man.

Canned beans are great too many.