View Full Version : Shopping healthy and cheap

08-21-2005, 08:59 PM
I'm going back to college this week, and I'm going to have to buy most of my own food(I will have a meal plan with the college, but it only allows for like 2-3 meals/day and the food sort of sucks). I'm going to be eating healthy, but I also need to conserve my spending as much as possible. So, I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on food shopping for cheap but healthy foods. Like, would I be better off buying fresh or pre-packaged food, etc.? Thanks.

08-21-2005, 09:19 PM
It really depends on what you eat. I always buy fresh lunchmeat because it is cheaper and better than prepackaged. I buy frozen salmon and frozen chicken breasts from Sam's because they are great and cheap. I also buy bags of frozen veggies from Sam's. Frozen veggies have no less nutrients than fresh.

08-21-2005, 09:53 PM
Lean Pockets Ultra .. 200 calories, 25 grams of protein and the store nearby runs sales for 3/$6.00, and is actually running 4/$7.00 right now. I bought 8 packages tonight. 16 pockets there. On my cut, I'd eat one per meal.. thats 16 meals for 14 bucks. Not too bad, eh?

08-22-2005, 12:04 AM
Go to Costco and buy in bulk.

08-22-2005, 01:52 AM
Go to Costco and buy in bulk.Buying in bulk is always the cheapest way to go comparatively. You get more for your money.

08-22-2005, 01:57 AM
Go to Costco and buy in bulk.

08-22-2005, 08:05 AM
Okay, cool, thanks. I'll head to Sam's Club before I leave.

08-22-2005, 01:54 PM
Costco Salmon Fillet and Chicken Breasts taste very good and are very affordable. I believe 6 Salmon Fillets (41g protein, 271 cals, quite a bit of fat) run $10 and 20+~ Chicken Breasts (I think it's 26) run $13 (170 cal, 40g protein, not so much fat). That's $1.67 per Salmon Fillet and $50 cents per Chicken Breast. If you have three Chicken Breasts and a Salmon Fillet per day, that's about 780 calories and 160grams of protein for just over $3.

Add a gallon of milk, cottage cheese, some hardboiled eggs and some natty pb (I think natty PB is the only thing costco doesn't carry that I have mentioned) and you should be able to achieve whatever calorie goals you have, for cheap!

Good luck.

08-22-2005, 11:34 PM
Whole milk+whey+oatmeal+bananas. That's officially cheap as **** and all you need to get bigger than most humans.

08-23-2005, 12:23 AM
Just out of curiousity, what makes bananas important? I eat them because they're delicious, but what do they bring to bodybuilding?

08-23-2005, 12:33 AM
Go to Costco and buy in bulk.

08-23-2005, 12:38 AM
TOBART: Monkeys are strong and they eat bananas, and Gwen Steffani likes bananas (This S#$t is bananas, B.A.N.A.N.A.S!) so therefore they must beneficial to working out.

Ohhh yeah, and this... http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=68140

No but seriously, monkeys rule.