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    How to afford a high protein diet...


    When your on a limited income ten chicken breasts a day is not an option. Protein, it will make you or break you as a bodybuilder, it CAN be all that keeps you on the "safe" side of the overtraining line. Tryin' to shed that winter fat, anyone will tell you, drop carbs (xcept post trainin') and UP that PROTEIN. Sounds easy enough, but not if you're already tapped for cash. Everyone finds different ways to meet their daily requirements based on what they have to spend, here are my main sources. Post yours too!
    -skim milk (from powder, add it to shakes) $.09, 8.5g protein
    -Egg whites (buy bulk flats) $.75/35g protein (10 whites)
    -Whey protein $.60-$.85/25-30g protein per scoop
    -Tuna $.60, 30g protein per can
    -Chicken breast (boneless skinless, on sale) $1.05, 25g protein

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    i just go to costco and stockpile on various meat, peanut butter, eggs, milk, etc. it's not too expensive when you buy in bulk.
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    yes, I too go to Costco every other Sunday
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    We don't have any Costcos around here, but we have Aldi and Save-A-Lot, along with Sam's Club. I don't have a membership at Sam's Club, but I go to the other two as needed. There's also Wegman's, which has some things for cheaper than Aldi and Save-A-Lot. Just knowing where to get what for the cheapest price is saving me probably around $50 a month.
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    Cottage cheese should be on here. Must-have for bedtime meals. I don't have an exact price. Something like $.75 for 20g Protein.
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    eggs - $0.79 for 84g protein (7g/egg)
    milk - $2.84 for 128g protein (8g/8oz)
    bulk frozen chicken breast tenderloins (less waste than frozen whole breasts) - $6.99 for 252g protein (28g/4 pieces)
    and definitely cottage cheese - $1.75 for 60g protein (15g/4 servings)
    frozen green peas (great fiber and high protein for a veggie) - $0.99 for 50g protein (5g/10 servings)

    You also can't go wrong with throwing in the whey conc/iso blend that All the Whey sells. It's around $30 shipped for 1760g protein (22g/80 servings).

    Also, these prices might be a little off for regular stores since I shop at the commissary. I would think that it would be proportionally cheap though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellhound
    -Chicken breast (boneless skinless, on sale) $1.05, 25g protein
    huh?? @ $3/lb, that's 27g/3oz = 48g/$...even at $5/lb it's still 29g/$

    maybe "sale" means something different to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blank!
    huh?? @ $3/lb, that's 27g/3oz = 48g/$...even at $5/lb it's still 29g/$

    maybe "sale" means something different to you.
    What are you talking about? Here at super wal-mart a 3 lb pound is 6.50. I get 35 g's of protein in one breast, 6 breasts a bag. Thats $1.08 for 35 g's or protein. Thats dirt cheap....I buy tons and grill em up. Eat em all week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott72
    What are you talking about? Here at super wal-mart a 3 lb pound is 6.50. I get 35 g's of protein in one breast, 6 breasts a bag. Thats $1.08 for 35 g's or protein. Thats dirt cheap....I buy tons and grill em up. Eat em all week.
    same, except i get tyson boneless skinless chicken breasts. 6 pounds = 14 breasts @ 40ish g protein each. Only 10.45 @ Sam's Club.
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    I believe those are precooked specs. Once they are cooked I think we are looking at about $1.40 - $1.50 per 35 grams of protein which to me is not too good.

    I stick to the eggs as mentioned above you can get over twice the protein for about half the cost. Also I am lucky there is a low cost meat place near me that blows Walmart, Cosco etc away. I just can't see paying the prices they ask at Sams club, Coscos etc. You really can get away with spending about $5 a day and still get 360 grams of protein and about 4200 calories a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn W.
    We don't have any Costcos around here, but we have Aldi and Save-A-Lot, along with Sam's Club. I don't have a membership at Sam's Club, but I go to the other two as needed. There's also Wegman's, which has some things for cheaper than Aldi and Save-A-Lot. Just knowing where to get what for the cheapest price is saving me probably around $50 a month.
    We have Wegman's so maybe you have a BJ's wholesale club. Great way to save money, I buy tons of liquid egg whites, beef, turkey, chicken, pork, fish, almonds, walnuts, oats, skim milk and brown rice. They even have whey protein and fish oil caps for pretty cheap. $27 dollars for 15 months through work, and I saved $27 dollars over wegmans on the first visit.
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    Whey protein is also pretty cheap when you compare it to food, not something you can use to replace food with, but it does help lower the cost
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    Whey protein, milk, cottage cheese (2lbs for 2.49 @ trader joes, has 112g protein), beans and pasta, gets me to ~600g of protein a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biggjohn
    We have Wegman's so maybe you have a BJ's wholesale club. Great way to save money, I buy tons of liquid egg whites, beef, turkey, chicken, pork, fish, almonds, walnuts, oats, skim milk and brown rice. They even have whey protein and fish oil caps for pretty cheap. $27 dollars for 15 months through work, and I saved $27 dollars over wegmans on the first visit.
    Do you have to be a member of BJ's to buy stuff there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LCSULLA
    Do you have to be a member of BJ's to buy stuff there?
    Yes
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