• Marcus Gates

Ballin' On a Budget

One of the obstacles for people to eat "healthy" can be the price of food. Then again, it’s more expensive to eat out for every meal and much more difficult to hit your health and fitness goals when you aren’t sticking to a plan. Whether your goal is to cut fat or to gain size, you don’t need to break the bank to get there. The key is to keep your grocery list simple and consistent. Look for deals when possible but even when things aren't on sale, you should be able to shop for all the food you need with less than $50 a week and if you buy in bulk, you'll be able to get that price even lower.


Hit your macros, smash your goals, and do it all for cheap. Here is a list of the foods that I would recommend when dieting/bulking on a tight budget. (prices are rounded to the nearest dollar and are based off of Hyvee (as of 8/29/18) but you will more than likely be able to find the same foods or similar ones at other grocery stores). If you’re cutting, you probably won’t need as many of the carbs that are listed compared to somebody wanting to put on weight/size.


Large Eggs - 18 Pack - $2

Chicken - 2.5 lbs - $8

Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (42 oz/30 servings) - $5

Peanut Butter (40oz/35 Servings) - $5

7 Bananas - $2

Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix (11 servings) - $3

Jasmine White Rice - (5 lbs/50 Servings) - $8

45 Calorie Wheat Bread (for cutting) - $4

Beefsteak Rye Bread - $3

12oz Frozen, Mixed Vegetables - $1

Myprotein.com - 11 lb Impact Whey (200 servings) - $90 (they have sales all the time so be on the lookout - most protein is $1 a serving or more, but even at top price, MyProtein is less than 50 cents a serving)

Sriracha - 28oz - $4

Walden Farms Syrup - $4

Bragg Liquid Aminos (soy sauce sub) - $5

Sugar Free Jam - $3


The last thing you should pick up are some seasoning and aside from that, just get creative with how you cook/prep your meals.


I highly recommend that you get yourself a Crockpot or Pressure Cooker (worth the investment) - Use this amazing contraption for your chicken, rice, potatoes, etc.



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