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    Literally trying to make this 40 dollar a week budget work..

    My goal is to get 3-4 quality meals a day.

    Kale/spinach for my greens, and jasmine rice/ quinoa , potatoes for carbs.

    I will alternate carb and veggie a sources every 3 days so my body doesnt completely adapt.

    Ive been cooking 4 whole eggs every day for breakfast with some rice. Dinner and lunch been doing chicken.

    Really I know this isnt ideal or the healthiest for fitness, but its college and kids typically live off fast food.

    Everything is cheap until I get to my meat source. Ive been buying thighs and whole chicken. Really dont know if whole is cheaper, but at any rate whats a cheaper option for meat..? Ohh and how much is needed to maintain muscle. Im like 7% body fat 180 510, so is one lbs of chicken a day enough?

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    Whole milk, brown rice, broccoli and chicken breast. Ground beef or ground turkey if you can afford it. Get a costco membership.
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    4.5oz extra lean Ground beef, a pound of chicken breast or thigh depending on goals, 12 eggs, 4 servings of peas, 1 potato (or the rice), 1 poptart pwo, and a gal water. Brown rice. Every day.
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    Chicken (breast, boneless) for sure will be your cheapest option. Especially buying in bulk, assuming you have a freezer available. All these other suggestions are great too, but the turkey and beef can get costly.
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    When I went to college I bought a lot of canned chicken breast, tuna in water and sardines in oil, canned potatoes, all I did was pop those in microwave and a meal is done in 2 minutes. My other meat sources such as beef was eaten at a local eatery two to three times a week.
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    I dont know where you guys are shopping at but typically extra lean ground beef and chicken breast are gonna be the MOST expensive.

    Just wait for sales and stock up dude. Thighs are prolly gonna be the cheapest cut of chicken. Same goes for beef, just wait for sales.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudoJosh View Post
    I dont know where you guys are shopping at but typically extra lean ground beef and chicken breast are gonna be the MOST expensive.

    Just wait for sales and stock up dude. Thighs are prolly gonna be the cheapest cut of chicken. Same goes for beef, just wait for sales.
    I get boneless breasts for $1.73/#. Sure thighs are cheaper, but with the bone and the sskinyou're really just paying for the extra junk.
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    Whole chickens probably your best bet just eat one a day
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    Quote Originally Posted by RegisterJr View Post
    I get boneless breasts for $1.73/#. Sure thighs are cheaper, but with the bone and the sskinyou're really just paying for the extra junk.
    that is way cheaper then what they average here.

    Is that a sale price or a standard price?
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    What about oatmeal? The big 30 serving tub, which = 15 servings for me is only 3 dollars.
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    Also if you have an Aldi near you, you just saved ur self 20+ bucks immediately
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudoJosh View Post
    that is way cheaper then what they average here.

    Is that a sale price or a standard price?
    Sale price at a grocery store here is $1.99

    That price is for 40#'s at SAMs, but even if you don't buy the case SAMs sells it here for $1.88-ish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar View Post
    Whole chickens probably your best bet just eat one a day
    Well theyre like 8 bucks a chicken. I got 3 lbs of boneless thighs for 7 bucks and that was all meat.

    Im cooking a whole chicken today so ill see how much meat I actually get
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abraham67 View Post
    Also if you have an Aldi near you, you just saved ur self 20+ bucks immediately
    Whats that?
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    I don't know about you guys but when I was in college I had a little refrig and a microwave , so buying beef and chicken to stock up is out if the question.
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    Give this video a watch and read the article. Budget here was 50, so modify it. And I have been to that market, if you look around, I'm sure you can find some cheaper alternatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FitnessLuke View Post
    Whats that?
    Aldi is a nation wide store that sells cheap food, I'm sure there's once close to you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abraham67 View Post
    Aldi is a nation wide store that sells cheap food, I'm sure there's once close to you
    They're not that wide yet, but they are expanding.
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    Aldi is legit
    3.99/lb for 94/6 ground beef
    1.99/lb for skinless boneless chicken breast
    1.49 for a dozen eggs
    Oats/rice are dirt cheap
    Greens and other vegetables I usually buy frozen and steam like a lb a day
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    Quote Originally Posted by money0351 View Post
    Aldi is legit
    3.99/lb for 94/6 ground beef
    1.99/lb for skinless boneless chicken breast
    1.49 for a dozen eggs
    Oats/rice are dirt cheap
    Greens and other vegetables I usually buy frozen and steam like a lb a day
    Wow man, that's dirt cheap for low fat beef. I don't think my bulk price is that low, and it's only 90/10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntM1564 View Post
    They're not that wide yet, but they are expanding.
    Are you sure? They are all over Europe and I've seen them in multiple states
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abraham67 View Post
    Are you sure? They are all over Europe and I've seen them in multiple states
    I haven't seen them in Florida or Georgia yet.
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    No Aldi here, but Save A Lot. I haven't looked at the meat section in that store. Maybe only once. Probably should check it out.
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    Eggs and Tuna are pretty cheap. The leaner the meats you get the more expensive. So I wouldn't be getting 90 percent beef, that is if you even have a stove to cook it.
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    Drumsticks are pretty dang cheap. You can get a huge pack from Wal-mart for $5-$6.
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    I'm also in college, another good think to buy is Walmart brand 0 fat Greek yogurt. 3.98 for a 4 serving tub
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abraham67 View Post
    I'm also in college, another good think to buy is Walmart brand 0 fat Greek yogurt. 3.98 for a 4 serving tub

    Not so great a deal if you eat the whole tub at once!
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    Quote Originally Posted by money0351 View Post
    Aldi is legit
    3.99/lb for 94/6 ground beef
    1.99/lb for skinless boneless chicken breast
    1.49 for a dozen eggs
    Oats/rice are dirt cheap
    Greens and other vegetables I usually buy frozen and steam like a lb a day
    When I go this weekend, I'll have to check their ground meat again. I don't think I've ever seen 96/4 at mine. Aldi is very good. To add to your list

    greek yogurt
    wraps
    deli meat 1.99/lb this week for ham
    frozen fish
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    Don't be so afraid of fatty meats. They'll cost you a lot less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bone View Post
    Don't be so afraid of fatty meats. They'll cost you a lot less.
    idk about any of you guys but I love liver. And that ****s cheap as ****
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abraham67 View Post
    idk about any of you guys but I love liver. And that ****s cheap as ****
    Chicken or beef liver?. I know one of them is chop full of nutrients. I've only tried chicken liver once or twice and it's really not so great.
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    Beef liver! It's delicous fried with some onions
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abraham67 View Post
    Beef liver! It's delicous fried with some onions
    Second this^^^ love me some liver and onions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abraham67 View Post
    Are you sure? They are all over Europe and I've seen them in multiple states
    They're all over Europe because it was founded in Germany. My state only has 3, but there are some cities in my state that will have 3 or more of the same grocery store. Like I said, they are expanding, but not big over here yet. I think most states have at least one, but talking to members on other forums, they are out of the way for most people. Per state, they probably average 2 stores which is not a lot over here.
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    Got some Chicken leg quarters today. .88cents per pound at Save A Lot.
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    You should check out Evan Centopani "Big On A Budget"... may not be 110% the best option for what your goals are, but it'll give you some good ideas.
    http://animalpak.com/html/article_details.cfm?ID=647
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    Animal Pak, LMAO. That's newb bait right there!
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    It's not the animal pak like the multi? It's Centopani showing a $50 grocery shopping list. Like I had said it'll be for ideas. Even said "it may not be 110% the best option"... Didn't say it was the greatest, just some suggestions.
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    And he has chicken on his list just like you had suggested. They were even leg quarters like you suggested... so it must not be to bad since you said some of the same things
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    Quote Originally Posted by WILL_I_AM View Post
    It's not the animal pak like the multi? It's Centopani showing a $50 grocery shopping list. Like I had said it'll be for ideas. Even said "it may not be 110% the best option"... Didn't say it was the greatest, just some suggestions.

    No problem. I wasn't saying it wasn't a nice contribution, just that I don't like Animal Pak. Maybe slightly out of context but not meant as put down or anything. Just sort of a "by the way" type statement/comment.
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