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Budget Stretcher – Unusual Strategies For Grocery Shopping on a Budget

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Many people bust their butts in the gym but when it comes to making the right food choices or getting enough of the good stuff, they simply fail.

FACT: The average grocery bill has risen 5.7% in just 2 years since 2007.

I’m going to give you some budget stretcher tips and tricks so you can shop like a pro when you are bodybuilding on a budget. You’ll save money and get more food for your dollar. This is even more important for you skinny guys and gals that need to eat and just can’t seem to keep the cupboards stocked with enough food.

Sit tight and take notes.

Budget Stretcher Foods to Buy:

Meats:

Chicken:

Bulk frozen individual packs, or just get them with the skin and bone. Skin them yourself. It doesn’t take too much time and you save quite a bit on the whole package. A whole chicken is a good option as you can BBQ it and carve it up for the rest of the week. Grilling all your chicken in advance is a super simple way to to have 1-2 chicken breasts a day without adding to your cooking time.

Tuna:

In water.

Turkey:

Turkey burger or lean ground turkey. Adds well to pasta dishes.

Lean Red Cuts of Meat:

Get to know your local butcher if you can. Sometimes they can package a smaller cut if you’d like or run the cheaper, tougher cuts through a tenderizer at your request. Some stores do markdowns to get rid of meats that are closer to expiration. It might be possible to ask them when they time is so you can schedule your shopping at the markdown times. You can check the “sell by date” and if it’s today, ask if they will mark it down for you.

Dairy:

Eggs (Omega 3 if possible)

Milk

Yogurt

Cheese

Breads/Grains:

Bagels

100% Whole Wheat bread

Oatmeal (not the quick oats)

Cream of Wheat

Brown Rice

Whole Grain Pasta (watch out for mixed sources, you want the whole grain version)

Vegetables:

Broccoli

Asparagus

Kale

Spinach

Potatoes

Yams

Sweet Potato

Salad Fixings (lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, hickima, etc)

Fruits:

Bananas

Apples

Blueberries

Pear

Grapefruit

Before You Go On The Budget Stretcher Trip:

* Take a list. Don’t start your grocery shopping trip off without a clear cut idea of what it is you want to purchase. Far too many times I’ve gone to the store and loaded up on chicken only to discover I had plenty of frozen breasts and I was completely out of brown rice and oats. Developing a list of foods you need to replenish weekly will aid in saving money on excess foods and keep you from buying impulse items you didn’t need.

I’m going to say this is probably the MOST IMPORTANT tip on this list. Going to the gym with a plan is the surefire way to make progress. It is the same with grocery shopping. Knowing what you need for the week will save you …