You may have to shop at multiple places to get the best price, I go between 4 stores regularly. 1 place I go just for eggs because they are only $1 a dozen. Then chicken I stock up on when there is a sale, typically around $1.89 a pound. Beef I get 80/20 for $2.50 a pound, not the leanest but you can drain the excess fat. Other than that regular peanuts, oats, tuna, whole wheat pasta (you can find for $1 a box sometimes, I grabbed like 15 boxes last time) and whole milk (when bulking) are all staples for me. None of it is terribly expensive, it can just be a pain sometimes going to several stores in one day but it adds up to saving a lot.
I prefer potatoes for my carbs. Loads of potassium and they're generally cheap. Bake a dozen one day and reheat 'em in the microwave throughout the week.
You can find roasts for 2 bucks a pound. Beef or pork roasts. Use them in stews, long cooking breaks down the connective tissue, and you get a bonus of sulphur containing aminos to boost your tendon health.
Eggs are okay, and cheap, but meat is generally a better protein source. Eggs are good for vitamins and other nutrients.
Olive oil and canola oil are decent sources of fat.
Strong-tasting leafy greens are generally a good source of vitamins and minerals. Parsley, kale and spinach. Frozen veggies are just as good as fresh, and cheaper. Tomato paste makes things taste good *and* it's another great source of potassium.
Cheese is good for protein, calcium and fat.
What about preparing mass amounts of foods and storing them? I made jerky before with my dehydrator and it was freaking awesome but the cost out weighed the final product.
I thought about freezing meals but if I need to eat on the fly...well, that wouldnt work. Thought about one of those air tight suction bag things. Which would be my best bet But I just dont have the cash to buy it. I might be able to find a grinder and grind my own meat. Which might allow me to at least break even with the food purchased to food consumed in an X amount of days.
As far as veggies, man, those are so freaking expensive! I love fresh veggies but broccoli is $4+! What are you thoughts on frozen veggies? Or canned?
Im not cheap. I just dont make enough money atm. It all goes to school, gas and now my cars busted ass alternator. I understand how important a proper diet is and how much it needs to be on lockdown.
I can give two shits about taste. I grew up in a semi-hippie family so the taste of tree bark isnt new to me. If it sustains my life force, I will consume it.
It doesn't matter how you find the pot of gold, so long as you beat the leprechauns. TJTJ is fictional character and purely theoretical.
Costco is my go-to place. I also have some discount food places I will hit for certain things.
Protein: Eggs, Top round, chicken breasts, ground turkey, tilapia (if I'm cutting). These days canned tuna makes me gag, but its a cheap option. Just recommend you rinse it and don't go overboard w/ it considering the mercury issue.
Carbs: Oatmeal, brown rice. If you need more robust carbs for a bulker I also suggest looking for sales on bulk stuff like barley & lentils - you can get it at Whole Foods, but generally I don't think anything there is cheap. But this also an option if you're looking for something a little "more".
Fats: peanut butter, almonds, Olive oil
Veggies: The jumbo bag of spinach at Costco. Cannot beat it. Cheap asparagus too! I can't get thru the spinach before it starts going bad, so I use it for lots of salads (and make my own olive oil & vineger dressing to get the fats from the OO) and I also have one of those off-brand (i.e cheep) hand blenders that I use to mix up a whole egg + some egg whites and a couple cups of spinach or asparagus, throw in some non-salt seasoning and some scallions, blend, make scrambled eggs. (I love them, I love green eggs and ham, Sam I Am!)
And a decent bulk protein mix. You can also check places like slickdeals.net and watch for the deals on protein mix.
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I don't have a rifle either. My friend got me the meat. Ask around at the office or at church and find someone who hunts then ask them if they have any meat they are looking to get rid of. Most times you can have them drop the deer off at the processing and you pay to get the meat however you want. Still comes out cheaper than buying beef.