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Food and Money


#1

I should be eating 3000-3500 calories a day. How the hell do you afford it? I can't spend $400 a month on chow!!

Mike


#2

Buy food that fits your budget.

Tuna, canned makril, other cheaper meats, Olive oil and nuts other good fats, Cheap and pack a LOT of Calories, Oat meal, doesnt get much cheapr, fruit and veggies are dirt cheap, buy in bulk.


#3

Then either your priorities are not in line with your physique goals, or you are "too poor" to bodybuild. I have a hard time beleiving the latter.

-Fireplug


#4

You can get a 10 pound sack of chiken leg quarters for around four bucks, and you can get a ten pound sack of taters for around two. Flour, and little milk and some butter, and you have fried chicken and mashed potatoes, and you have enough of it for a long time.

Baked barbecue chicken can be made if barbecue sauce isn't too unneccessary a cost. Depedning on where you live/work, you can talk to someone who farms on the side, and chances are they will sell you a hog or a side of beef.
Taters are good raw with salt. Rice is cheap.
Peanut butter can be had realitively cheap.


#5

Hahaha! $400 a month? That's what I go through in 2 weeks.


#6

One dollar buffet...


#7

You have an interesting diet. And by interesting I mean why are you eating fried chicken?


#8

www.johnberardi.com/updates/sep272002/na_budgeting.htm

www.DISALLOWED/index.php?type=Article&i=8&a=7

You can thank me later..

Dan "Gets a small kickback from EC" McVicker


#9

Dan, you are definately the man, thankya.

Mike


#10

Thanks for the link (and for starting the thread which lead to the posting of the link).

I saw that article before, but didn't read all the way through it and prejudged what was in it.

I'm glad I read through it now. I'm going to set up a very similar budget plan in Excel and start calculating ALL of my expenses.

Should be interesting now that I just payed off my car. YAY!


#11

Go to the largest supermarket near you and see if anything is on the reduced section. I bought, yesterday 2 x 2.27 litre (4 uk pints) organic whole milks still within date for 70p each (normally about 1.60 ukp) and a 1kg cottage cheese for 50p and some yoghurt. The also had some leeks and sweet potatoes going cheap so got them too. Oh and a Large Pizza for 40p. Bargains.

I've bought salmon fillets and whole trouts for less than a quid near closing time on sundays in the past.


#12

Don't be an idiot? Nobody asked you to spend $400/month on food. I could get 3500*31=108,500 calories for under $200. They might not taste great, but plenty healthy.