Where Do You Shop For High Protein Food When On A Tight Budget?

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  1. Face

    Face

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    Hi guys,

    I am new to this forum, in fact any bodybuilding forum for that matter! Wondered if anyone could give me some advice on where to shop for food with high protein content (e.g. fish, chicken, mince meat etc) when you are financially restricted? At the moment I would go to supermarkets and buy own label stuff. Anyone else do the same? I am aware of sites like musclefood.com but unless you have the budget to spend a significant amount on buying in bulk in one go it doesn't seem viable for poor folk like me...

    I'd be very grateful if anyone could share with me where they shop. Perhaps there are retailers that I should know about for bodybuilders or people wanting to put on muscle on a budget?

    Thanks you in advance!
     


  2. A1243R

    A1243R Top Contributor

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    Look for local farm shops, local butchers etc....

    Where are you based?
     
  3. LittleLiam

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    I buy meat from a butchers who does bulk packages of meat
     
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  4. Steedee

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    Costco and makro are cheap mate.
    5kg Chicken fillets from makro are £19
    I bought 2.8kg frozen fillets from Costco today for £14 so far far cheaper than the supermarkets.

    Also Turkey leg mince is cheap as chips even in the supermarkets and only 7% fat
     
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  5. Mr mac

    Mr mac TM Health & Safety officer Top Contributor

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    Look for cheaper cuts of everything.
    Frozen white fish
    Fatty slow cook beef
    Pork
    Eggs
    Turkey mince
     
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  6. Reacher

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    Mince is you friend on a budget.
    Higher fat percentage mince can be found very cheap. Just poor excess fat away whilst cooking or leave it in depending on goals.
    Saw some 5% frozen mince in Iceland for £5 for 900g.
    I get 5kg of chicken Breast from butcher for £19.
    Bit samey but 5kg of meat a week would cover you for a week.
    Tray of eggs can be found for £3.

    See if anythings local to you, abertoir, chick factory stuff like that, go and ask em if you can buy direct.
     
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  7. Robbie

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    What's your weekly food budget and how many calories do you need?
     
  8. s man

    s man Full Member

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    As above for meats and fish but also pop in to an Asian supermarket for all spices to make things taste good. Usually works out at least 3x cheaper than buying salts and spices from the supermarket and it's good quality.
     
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  9. chrissy_boy

    chrissy_boy Top Contributor

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    Lidl is your friend*

    * Martin Lewis approved
     
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  10. Face

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    I live in Christchurch, Dorset
     
  11. Face

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    I'm aiming for 3000 calories a day and at the moment I'm in between jobs (unemployed basically) so spending my savings. I guess I didn't have a clear budget in mind but cheap as possible really. How much do you think I could get away with spending roughly? £15, £20, £25 a week?
     
  12. Face

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    I always hear about Lidl being cheap but It's not one of my local supermarkets. I'm sure I wouldn't have to travel much further if it was worth shopping there though. It's annoying that they don't advertise the prices of their products on their website though! Unless I'm being an idiot and am not looking correctly. Think the site is pretty useless.
     
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  13. hsmann87

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    yes! very cheap free range eggs from costco! they are massive too

    if you aren't a member there i am sure you may know someone who is? if so get them to buy for you or better yet tag along with them one day during their shop, do your shop with them and just pay for your stuff at the til :)
     
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  14. Steedee

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    I love the place. Lol

    They do a public membership nowadays which is 25 quid for the year.
     
  15. Reacher

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    I must do Costco wrong lol
    I always thought quality was good, very
    But prices on meats nothing special.

    And I have no need for a pallet of loo roll in one purchase :)
     
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