Being a recent graduate from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!), I’m lucky enough to have a job, but I would still classify myself as a poor college student (with loans, rent, bills, the usual stuff) trying to survive in the world of bodybuilding. It’s not impossible to bulk on a budget—you just gotta be smart about what you’re putting in your body so that you’re not wasting any efforts as well as the money that you’re trying to save! Below is my big 3 rules for bulking on a budget:
- Carbs are King—the first thing you should be thinking about is how to get clean sources of carbs into your diet when bulking. Dried carbs are usually the cheapest; minute brown rice (or white for that matter, depending on which one is cheaper), rolled oats, wheat germ, etc. Check out discount deals on white and sweet potatoes during the week as well.
- Beans and Beef will be your Best friends—buying chicken breast can get pricey at times; and if you’re a penny pincher like me, steak comes once in a blue moon in the form of “Manager’s Special”. I like to have chicken for 2-3 of my meals, but one of my go-to meals is ground beef with beans and some tomatoes or salsa—the poor man’s chili…packed with protein and fiber, you’re pretty much forced to get bigger eating like this!
- To answer the question, the EGG comes before the chicken—in this case anyways. Like I said, chicken breasts can be expensive, and you might not want the poor man’s chili first thing in the morning. Eggs when bought in bulk can be one of the cheapest forms of protein you can get, as well as the most versatile. Boil them up for easy access, scramble them in the morning for breakfast, throw the whites in a shake, have brinner (breakfast for dinner); honestly the possibilities are endless with these lil baby chickens.