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10 Food Hacks To Save Money & Build Muscle

10 Food Hacks To Save Money & Build Muscle
Emily Wilcock
Content Executive2 years ago
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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
Content Executive
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After completing an internship with Myprotein, Emily returned to university to finish her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing. With experience in lifestyle writing, Emily aims to entertain and educate through her work. Her focuses include recipes, real and inspiring stories, and working with writers to help provide easy-to-digest evidence-based research. Her work on recipes has been previously featured in The Supplement magazine, with a particular focus on high-protein, nutritious meals, plus advice on how to properly fuel your body. Outside of work, Emily’s top priority is food. She’s a self-professed star baker and a connoisseur of all things baked. In her spare time, she’s either cooking up a storm, our looking out for the opportunity to try out Manchester’s newest restaurants. But as a huge fan of carbs, if it’s not pasta or pasta-adjacent, she’s not interested. If she’s not in the kitchen, she’s tucked up with a book for an early night, or you’ll find her in the gym working up a sweat. Afterall, all those carbs require quite the appetite.