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Food on a Budget

hey, i’m currently living at home, and have been puting on weight excellently, but, after this semester i’m going to be moving out. When i move out i have to pay for my own food, and here in lies the problem, i’ve calculated that i cost nearly 600$/month for food, and now that i’ll be spending my own money, i’d like to minimse that bill to somewhere around 300/month… while not compromising (or comrpomising very little) my gains…

anyways, enough bs’ing! do people know of good foods for bulking that are cheap (millk, eggs?.. what else?)… any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks

Your Welcome :wink:

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Not a big fan of milk myself as I have problems digesting it(not lactose intolerant exactly) With that being said I think milk is fine, as is tuna, Chicken(the frozen boneless skinless breasts are pretty cheap), Natural peanut butter is a great way to get some extra calories as is olive oil.

i scored 3.3 kg of chicken legs (10 legs) the other day for $8, usually twice that price is the going rate.

i crunched some numbers for macro nutrients:

protein: 50g
sat fat: 7.44g
mono fat: 10.48g
poly fat: 6.0g
omega 3: 0.4g
omega 6: 5.6g

add 1 tbsp milled flax seeds and 3 fish oil caps and you have fat balance taken care of. add a salad with olive oil to complete a protein/fat meal.

about $2 canadian including fish oil and flax, now thats cheap.

[quote]ubl0 wrote:
i scored 3.3 kg of chicken legs (10 legs) the other day for $8, usually twice that price is the going rate.

i crunched some numbers for macro nutrients:

protein: 50g
sat fat: 7.44g
mono fat: 10.48g
poly fat: 6.0g
omega 3: 0.4g
omega 6: 5.6g

add 1 tbsp milled flax seeds and 3 fish oil caps and you have fat balance taken care of. add a salad with olive oil to complete a protein/fat meal.

about $2 canadian including fish oil and flax, now thats cheap.[/quote]

there is this barney guy that comes along and tells people that want to eat cheap to buy 10 pound sacks of chicken leg quarters and some barbecue sauce, which put together can be less then 5, and definently less then 6 dollars. But no one likes to listen to that guy.

Eggs are like $1/dozen - not much more for the high omega-3 eggs.

[quote]BarneyFife wrote:

there is this barney guy that comes along and tells people that want to eat cheap to buy 10 pound sacks of chicken leg quarters and some barbecue sauce, which put together can be less then 5, and definently less then 6 dollars. But no one likes to listen to that guy.[/quote]

That’s because at that time that guy hadn’t been laid in about 4 years and therefore lost all credibility. :wink:

Anyway…

Eggs are pretty cheap and pack a nice calorie punch. Pretty versatile too. Cans of tuna, olive oil, beans, etc. Get yourself a slow cooker and some cheaper cuts of beef and throw it in with some veggies and it will taste like a $50 steak when you eat it.

How on earth do you spend 600 dollars a month on food?

What the hell kinda kobe beef are you eating by the cow load?

Go hunting at GNC or some other place for just-about-to-be past due MRP bars and pop them in your freezer like I do. I got a box of Mesotech completes (12 of em) for like 17 bucks. I also got 11 bars of various flavours of the same sort for like 8 bucks. Natty pb sammiches and milk are your friends as is beef jerky and bulk bags of natural peanuts in-shell.

Turkey, ham and roast beef and chicken subs from the caf are also great ideas. Lots of eggs for breakfastm turkey or chicken sausage and/or bacon if you can find it.

Taters from the local grocery are great for bulking carbs or maybe yams. Tins of tuna for like 4 for 2 bucks or w/e. Cheap sardines, cheap salmon. Look for specials and friggin stock up. Look for very close to past due meat and pop it right away in the freezer. You can save at least 2-3 bucks if not more per package. Eggs are cheap.

Get in-season fruit and if you can find a place that dicounts dented tins, use that. Maybe even pull a ‘Big Daddy’ and drop it ;)…microsoft just went down four points after all. Find canned soups full of vegetables i.e vegeatble beef stew from Campbell’s chunky.

Oatmeal and cottage cheese in addition to some of the other suggestions. And as someone has already mentioned, get a slow cooker! It’s damn near impossible to screw anything up in that thing. Add meat, veggies, some broth, and hit go.

Find a farmer’s market if at all possible, and make friends with a butcher. Cheap food right there. Buy rice and potatoes in bulk, buy london broil and put it in the crock pot (JB has a great recipe for London Broil Stew in Gourmet Nutrition), get your milk, frozen chicken, frozen fish, and and frozen fruits from Sam’s Club (and your gas while you’re at it).

Get a good job so you don’t have to worry about whether you can afford to eat next week.

I dare anyone to find a cheaper source of good quality (complete) protein than powdered egg whites.

www.bodybuilding.com/store/rose/egg.html
(just an example)

1944 grams of protein for $35-40 (depending on where you ship to).
That’s adding 65g of protein a day for a whole month to your diet for $40 max.

Actually, you can order direct from manufacturer Rose Acre Farms too(10lb/3888g protein for $60 plus shipping)-

www.sportprotein.com/

If you know someone who owns a bakery they can get 15-20lb buckets of this stuff for cheap!

Because egg whites are relatively flavorless you can blend them into anything (blueberries for anti-oxidants, oatmeal for good carbs and fiber, etc).

Any trouble I know with some people and straight egg whites is gas. I don’t notice that but I’ve heard stories.

Along with what’s already been said (hello eggs and tuna!), find a good whey protein powder.

Personally, I like Grow! Whey. Yes, I’m sure you could find something slightly cheaper, but the quality would likely be questionable. Besides, I find that the natural flavor is very versitile and great for adding into various other dishes to boost the protein content.