you're gonna starve!
hey everyone! need some serious help... i have 50 dollars a week i can use to buy food with. I never eat out, so all of this will go to groceries.
I need approx 3500 calories a day from this 50 bucks per week.
I need suggestions and help please? Cheap meals, bulking foods, recipies... without sacrificing health if possible.
Or is this an impossible task?
you're gonna starve!
Bread, Peanut Butter, Eggs (eat the yokes too), Brown Rice...all cheap, good for you and tasty.
ill also mention that this is AUS dollars and that im a full time medical student..
Ok so eggs, bread and rice...im guessing i can put mabe $10 for that a week.
What about cottage cheese? is that reasonably priced?
I know i can get mince for around $5 a kilo which is good
I would go for some whey protein, you can get it at Wally World for like 15$
Also eggs and PB.
For Calories you can get ham and cheese pockets cheap. Good in Protien as well as Calorie count. Turkey is good as well.
For cost saveings get the stuff and make it yourself
If you really want to save, spring is here. Anyone can grow a garden anywhere. Plant your own. wheather you have 100 yards for a garden, or a plastic troft out side your window It's cheap and good for ya. (I do the troft thing)
Look for sales on chicken and red meat. Just kind of shop around.
Hope this helps..
Last edited by jp17815; 04-02-2009 at 12:20 AM. Reason: added info
heres a good start...
2 bags of chicken 6lbs -10$
5lbs lean ground beef 93/7-12$
7 cans tuna- 7$
5 dozen eggs-6$
ground turkey meat-$5
bag of cheese- 4$
whole wheat bread-2$
about fifty dollars there......... thats a good amount of food each week.. id u can swindle another ten dollars in there you can throw in about 10 servings of salmon
Well, since you live in aus what about roo and lamb meat? I remember Jakellpet saying roo was pretty inexpensive.
Anything in the bulk aisles will be great to go after. Also, if you can find bones really cheap they are a great source to make broth with. Also, if you are that hard up when you make the broth you can stick it in the freezer and pull the fat off the top and portion it out with your meals as extra calories. Lentils are great, beans are great, not sure what grains besides brown rice are affordable in aus but quinoa, buckwheat and some others are high in protein content.
You could also get in touch with local farmers markets/grocers and offer to take some of the produce off their hand that is getting on the edge; freezing works well for many vegetables and fruits.
I know I'm missing things here, but maybe some of it helps. Also, cooking a huge recipe of one thing a week and eating the leftovers all week is a great way to save...one of the things beans and lentils are great for.
Throw some veggies in there too. Canned or frozen very cheap. Oatmeal, peanut butter, tuna, and potatoes.... Good to go. When I'm bulking I spend only approx 55 a week. Cutting I'm down to about 30
When I'm bulking, I spend about $50 as well. I make chili. Loads of protein, fiber, and low glycemic carbs. I make enough to last a week, which only comes out to about 30 bucks per week. I buy all of my spices in bulk, which is a bit more of an outlay at first, but they last a long time. I spend the rest on protein powder, (gemma from trueprotein, much cheaper than whey, but with high leucine content, and just as good,) and vitamins. If you can stand eating the same thing day in and day out, it's a cheap, and time saving. I like chili because it's got everything I need, and I can tweek the recipe from week to week, so it's not quite like I'm eating the same thing for weeks on end. I'm a picky eater, but if something is good, I can eat it for as long as I need to. If interested, I could give you the "recipe" that I use.
please do...a good chili recipe is always welcome!
Go to ALDI they have those in AUST. Cheapest place for Meat
Peanut butter and wheat bread, eggs w/ toast. All day everyday. I think that's your only hope.
But invest in a good multi. You're going to be a little short of your nutrients so that's a must!
alright thanks guys...rhys26, there isnt any ALDI's in perth mate, im in bris there's one here but i lived in perth for 18 years (since i was born till 2 years ago)
Where bouts u from? I lived out near midland in helena valley
Ok so im gonna stick to mince ($5 a kilo) Bread, eggs (****loads) tuna, potatoes, sweet potatoe, and oats. Ill try and get steam veggies in and fruit, and ill b talkin a multi vitamin plus a zinc, fish oils and a probiotic as a sorry to my poor gut