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10 Food Hacks To Save Money & Build Muscle

Bodybuilding is an expensive endeavor. All that protein doesn’t come cheap. But there are ways to cut costs.

Ryan Terry is no stranger to bodybuilding on a budget. He’s come a long way in his career and is now lucky enough to have sponsors that fund much of his nutritional needs.

But Ryan was on an apprentice wage when he first began bodybuilding, so fillet steak was rarely on his shopping list. He had to adapt, and it didn’t stop him. He brought home the Arnold Classic when he was still buying budgets cuts.

Although Ryan’s sponsor delivers fresh meat to his door, he wanted to show his YouTube subscribers you can make savings by shopping in the right sections. So he headed to the local supermarket with his reusable bags in hand, hungry for a bargain. Here’s how he got on:

Premium food Price (per 100g) Budget alternatives Price (per 100g)
Fillet steak £3.60 Lean steak mince £0.65
Cod loin £1.80 Frozen cod £0.65
Salmon fillet £1.91 Frozen salmon £0.91
Grass-fed chicken £1.54 Frozen chicken £0.61
Tenderstem broccoli £0.78 Whole broccoli £0.15
Precooked rice £0.40 Basmati rice £0.19
Maris Piper potatoes £0.60 Tinned potatoes £0.11
Branded oats £0.20 Own-brand oats £0.10
Blueberries £1.00 Frozen blueberries £0.57
Egg Whites £0.50 Eggs £0.20
Total cost: £12.33 Total cost: £4.13

That’s some serious savings — 67% off a single shop. Over the weeks and months, the savings can really add up.

Take home message

Lesson of the day — take yourself to the freezer section and save some pennies. Just remember to take the chicken out the day before you want to eat it …

 

 

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Emily Wilcock

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Emily is studying Business Management & Marketing at the University of Birmingham and is currently on her intern year. She has a keen interest in both writing and fitness, so is happy she can now combine the two. She likes to spend time with her friends, both in & out of the gym.