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Diet on a Budget?


#1

I'd say its safe to assume most of us have decent feeding habits. So I was curious about how much on average you spend at the grocery store fueling your body. I used to spend roughly 300$-400$ a month. Does anybody have any tips for saving money at the grocery store, or any favorite meals they like to cook etc...

Cash is getting tight but I don't want to sacrifice a healthy diet.


#2

I feel like "bodybuilding" food is cheap as hell.. Bulk eggs, bulk chicken, occasional steak(may be a $ issue), good budget seafood, milk if you drink it, pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit and veg. That's it...


#3

You can get canned vegetables, nuts, and condiments for super cheap at dollar stores, if you have any of those around you


#4

I agree with Facko here.
I fill a cart with eggs, whatever meat and seafood is on sale. frozen veggies. Don't really do fruit.
Cottage cheese. Bulk rice, bulk Quinoa, bulk potatoes. The only thing I buy that is not on special/sale is mustard. I am very brand loyal to this fancy German mustard for some reason.

Anyways... I have a slow cooker recipe book and once I get home with my stock of sale items I pick recipes I can make for the week. Granted I need to omit/substitute certain items by doing it this way but my grocery prices have stayed low.


#5

if you're buying all organic and grass fed products, dont expect it to be cheap


#6

Oats are quite important in my diet (20-25% of the total calories as well) and it costs me 29 cents of euro per 400 grams.
Peanuts are 50 cents for 150g (900 kcal).

I live in Eastern Europe, so well, prices for things like oats are low.