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Budgeting Priorities for a Hardgainer

Commented on August 13, 2014
Created August 13, 2014 at 5:53 AM

So, I'm definitely what you'd call a hardgainer. This circumstance was not helped by my recent, brief bout of homelessness, during which I dropped 8 kg. I'm in a more stable position right now, but money is still a concern, and I'm trying to save as much as I can. In light of this, when I'm planning out groceries with my goal of 3,600 kcal on strength training days and 2,500 kcal on off days, I have to fret about how to eat safely on the cheap.

My question is, what should I prioritize in trying to balance both my 'save money goal' and my 'gain another 18 kg' goal? Prior to my crisis, I went through a huge serving of chicken friend rice (2 lbs chicken breast, 6 cups white rice) every week, and straight up ate butter to supplement my fat intake. I was also knocking back about 1/3rd gallon of milk every day, and these decisions were made to optimize calories-per-dollar while minimizing deviation from paleo/primal compliance. But is that right? And what about produce? I love me some dark green leafy things, but considering the bite organic produce takes out of my food budget, they offer a pretty low caloric return.

Should I aim for a lower caloric intake and significantly slow down my mass-gain in the name of being able to afford more balanced meals? Or should I continue to optimize calories per dollar?

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on August 13, 2014
at 12:44 PM

By raw food and do cooking as much as possible. It would help you save some money and also you could have more check on your calorie intake.

D05b1b818300a84730036b92321e2a59

on August 13, 2014
at 12:43 PM

By raw food and do cooking as much as possible. It would help you save some money and also you could have more check on your calorie intake.

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on August 13, 2014
at 10:18 AM

Eggs are very cheap source of protein. Add in a can of sardines once a week for n3s and you're set. Butter as you've discovered is great too. If you have a crockpot or a pot you can watch and simmer, try to get very tough cheap cuts of meat and cook them slowly for 2-4 hours to tenderize them.

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on August 13, 2014
at 12:43 PM

By raw food and do cooking as much as possible. It would help you save some money and also you could have more check on your calorie intake.

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