Help /b/! How does /b/ eat on a tight budget? I have only 1 can of spaghetti sauce, 1/4 lb of frozen ground beef , and only $40 to spend on groceries that needs to last me a month. I have no clue what to buy, any suggestions on how I make it through the month? Also my town doesn't have a good bank so that's not an option
soylent. Its unhealthy as fuck but healthy as fuck in its own way. And each meal is super cheap.
Lentils. In bulk. From a bulk shop. In new Zealand we have a place called " bin inn" where you there is a bunch of plastic containers with spouts at the bottom for filling bags with, and plastic drums filled with stuff. They sell things like bulk flour, detergent powder, grain, and you guessed it, lentils. Lentils are high in protein, And can be a good source of vitamins. They also contain plenty carbohydrates. Lentils are the closest you'll get to a full meal in a staple food on a budget. Boil them, then fry them in a pan, and add like a spoon of pasta sauce. Get some tins of pasta sauce too, if you want more flavour. 30 bucks on lentils, 5 bucks on tins of stuff that will make lentils taste better, 5 bucks on whatever.
Oh a month? Yeah no spend all forty bucks on lentils and only half 1/2 of a cup a day, I reckon. It won't keep you from the feeling of hunger, but it will keep you from starving
dumplings with meat filling(Russian Pelmeni), can be found in Euro type stores sold loose is usually cheaper and good
buy discount vegetables, breads and etc from the bargain area at food store.
Ramen is pretty cheap
You can also add all kinds of flavours so you wouldn't get tired of it
With what you havecurrently I'd say you have spaghetti for two days and ground beef for three daysif you invest some money to white bread
For me in £'s
6 eggs 99p - that's 3 meals
Baked beans - 4 tins for £1.15 that's 4 meals or 8 portions to go with something else
Tins of ravioli - £1 for 3 on offer: 3 meals
Loaf of bread £1.20 and Ham 2x£1 - that's 8 meals for £2.20
Spaghetti - 1 pack £1 enough for like 5/6 meals
Mincemeat - 250g for £2 enough for 3 meals
Burger buns - 6 for 50p make burgers from mince, can add onions they cost like 15p each
Tomato sauce - 40p for puree, garlic is pennies, onions 15p, spring onions about the same. Add mince and spaghetti.
Just be smart with how you spend.
Cereal is a good option aswell, a box of cornflakes costs me £2 and gives me like 10 bowls, milk is £3 for 2x2ltr. 10 breakfasts for £4 or 40p each.
Do a calories per cent analysis on your food.
For example, a dozen eggs has about 960 calories. Divide the calories by the cost in cents, in this case 200 cents for a dozen eggs, to get the calories per cents. You end up with calories per cent with eggs.
A 12 pack of ramen noodles contains 4560 calories at a cost of 239 cents. This gives you ~ 19 calories per cent.
Learn to cook. It's tough, but doable. The month of carbohydrates this will be. Cooked Potatoes with Salt and (some) Butter. Rice with Lentils, fried with one egg. Pasta with Tomatosauce. Learn to make soups, semolina doumplings, Tomatosoup with rice, Stew. Do it.
+ some cheap fresh fruits
don't stick with ramen and shit, you need to be healthy.
My list has everything you need and is super cheap:
1kg rice 0.8€
1kg red lentis 3€
1kg frozen veggies 1.5€
15pack eggs 3.5€ (could get them cheaper but quality first)
milk 1 litre 1,09 (same with quality)
oats 1kg 1.5€
oatmix + fruits 1kg 3€
I forgot (/fit/izen here)
1kg whey protein powder 1kg 11€ (get some taste in those oats)
Dude, get a bag of rice, a 5kg pack is enough to feed a single person for a month.
It fills you up and works great with any (side) dishes, it's pretty much a better sub to bread or potatoes.
Rice should make up 60-70% of your meal, and the rest are your meat, veggies and stuff.
I forgott also potatoes
0.4€ per kg if bought in bulk
You also need one important mindset:
Eat to live and not live so you can eat.
Eating is just an annoying task you have to do in order to live.
Get the stuff above and you won't starve and get everything you need to rock the day!
I remember a post from a bro that worked at a kill shelter. He would "save" cats and dogs that were up to be euthanized only to take them home and eat them. It was hard to argue with his logic
It's cheap, delicious, not really nutritional, and will fill you up only using 2 packets. Buy 2 cases, "48 pack". It'll last you a month and 2 days, and you'll only be spending about $10
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Lentils, raw (dry weight)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,477 kJ (353 kcal)
Carbohydrates 60 g
Sugars 2 g
Dietary fiber 3.1 g
Fat. 1 g
Protein. 26 g
Thiamine (B1) (76%) 0.87 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (18%) 0.211 mg
Niacin (B3) (17%) 2.605 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (42%) 2.120 mg
Vitamin B6 (42%) 0.54 mg
Folate (B9) (120%) 479 μg
Vitamin C (5%) 4.4 mg
Calcium (6%) 56 mg
Iron (58%) 7.54 mg
Magnesium (34%) 122 mg
Phosphorus (64%) 451 mg
Potassium (20%) 955 mg
Sodium (0%) 6 mg
Zinc (50%) 4.78 mg
Water 10.4 g
$40 for a month, this gonna be tough.
Prices are in Canadian/Maple Syrup/Leaves, so just reduce them accordingly I'm not doing that for you.
1 can of sauce + beef, I'll assume you need pasta.
Bread x3 @ $2 ea
Lunch meat packs, just buy as much as you can. Around 12 good sammiches should run you $10 (+/- $2)
Pasta x900g (2lbs) @ $2.50
Pasta sauce x 3 @ $1 ea
Eggs (dozen) x 3 @ $2.50 ea
Dried black beans x1 (bag) $2.25
Dried Split red lentils x1 (bag) $2.25
Spend the rest on rice. You should be able to get a MASSIVE fucking bag.
This should all cost around $40.
Beans - soak overnight, rinse, boil for a few hours until soft. Smash them up and add to pasta.
[1 x sauce + 1/4 bag of pasta + smashed beans (and the meat you have)] x 4 = 8 meals
bread + deli meats = 12 meals
2 x Eggs + bread = 18 meals
Lentils + rice = basically a shit load of meals to make up the rest
This will probably not actually get you through the month tbh fam senpai desu, but it's more of a guideline
$40= 4,000 cents.
Op needs to get 75,000/4000 = 18.75 calories per cent.
Cheap, cheap rice, fry in lard before boiling. Save some money for next month so you can buy a cheap, generic multivitamin. Cheap pasta also works.
This is from the UK's ASDA (which is walmart), so the numbers aren't going to be exactly applicable, but you can get 1kg of spaghetti for £0.40 ($0.60), which has 3500 calories in it. For the same price, you can get 0.25kg of lard, which contains 2500 calories. If the budget permits it, the $0.10-per-pack stock cubes will make your rice/pasta taste less like you're eating soylent green (but have no calorific or nutritional value).
Big bulk bag of rice, say 20kg. And a big bulk bag of Pinto beans, also 20kg. Contains all proteins and carb to keep you running for months without losing weight or feeling tired. Literal pennies per serving. Buy some chili sauce or something for extra flavour.
Also, hang out with friends and eat there for some variation. Ask the local baker for leftovers at closing time. Be prepared to mop a floor or something. Toss the bread in the freezer. They arnt allowed to sell bread thats too old. Good luck anon.
Buy dried basics (pasta/rice/pulses)
Freeze fresh ingredients (eg. chop and freeze onions)
Get simple tinned basics (tomatoes / beans)
If you get simple ingredients and learn to cook; you'll have no problem.
Fresh veg is pretty cheap in reality, and most can be frozen in a convenient form.
Tinned stuff is also cheap, while a slightly more prepared version of the same in a jar is expensive.
20lb bad of rice
garlic powder for seasoning
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Op here, thanks for all the suggestions. And I don't have a paypal, been to lazy to set one up. I will probably be going to the store tmw to grab rice and lentils and beans and all that, hopefully I'll have enough but I should be able to make it. Worst case scenario I can live off of ice cube soup for a few days or sleep for dinner :p or I could always steal although I'm not very good at it.
Big sack of potatoes, some canned beans, cheese, frozen vegetables. Ask at butchers for bones for you "dog", boil them and make beef/pork stock, make soup.
Eat baked potatoes with cheese and beans, wedges, chips,mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, mix potatoes with flour and make potato bread
shop the edge of the grocery store. You're going to find fresh foods and less packaged shit.
Processing generally increases the price.
Convenience generally increases the price.
Spices and Seasonings are going to be expensive, but they make a world of difference.
Get bulk pasta, not Hamburger helper.
Skip meats and dairy, get protein from vegetable or grain sources (lentils, chickpeas, black beans, quinoa, green peas, ...)
You're going to trade your time for money; the less some food costs, the more prep and cook time it will take.
Do you have a crock pot? That can be a real time saver.
Also include other legumes like peas,various beans,chickpeas,whole soy beans etc. All of them are very cheap and filled with proteins and slowly digested carbs that will keep you full for a long zimě.
I recommend a lot of dishes with potatoes they are cheep and you dont need to eat a lot of them to feel full also you can buy uhh grinded ? (Sry for the bad english im a 16yr serbshit) meat mix it with an egg and old bread if you have,also dip the bread in watter,add onions to the mixture and some seasoning then make small pattys out of the mixture and put em in a pan for a few min.its actualy rly tasty,ive got lots of stuff like this if ya want add me on skype for more aleksa.stojkovic24 gl with surviving this month
by food in bulk and forget about good meat.
buy a sack of potatoes per week (i doubt you can even finish that and they're super cheap), rice, beans, lentils, other grains.
if you're gonna buy meat make it those mixed chicken packets that contain pretty much everything but chicken breast.
stay away from the more expensiveish stuff that is usually prepackaged.
you won't be swimming in flavor town, but you won't starve.
make sure you don't spend ANY of the 40 dlls on anything else.
>Fictional movie of a guy that can grow vegetables on a planet that contains low oxygen, too much co2 for a plant to live, the ground is too dry and would pull too much moisture as well as it being too cold. Don't even get started on the micronutrients that it wouldn't have
this but remove frozen chicken breasts and the frozen broccoli.
buy scrap chicken from the deli section not prepackaged chicken breasts and any vegetables bought must also not be prepackaged (prepackaged is more expensive)
>on a planet that contains low oxygen, too much co2 for a plant to live, the ground is too dry and would pull too much moisture as well as it being too cold.
Didn't watch it, huh?
How can Soylent be healthy and unhealthy at the same time?
Tuna sandwiches and white rice bowls for you for the next month, my friend. Trust me that both are cheap and filling. When you need to mix it up, keep five bucks on you to go buy a fresh carrot or some green onion into that bowl, man. Good luck, poorfag
Buy frozen (usually bought in bulk at a good season so they are cheap) or go to local markets for vegetables.
Cheaper meats are chicken and ground mix of beef/pork
Forget buying sauce from cans in the future, you're paying a lot of money for whats mostly tomato sauce. Invest in some fresh herbs. They grow everywhere and provide constant fresh and cheap supplies.
Buy big, cook big, portion and freeze.
Also checkout special member offers with retailers. I get 1.06 eu in credit/cash everytime im third or more in line. So far ive gotten over 200 eu.
Bulk bag of rice which you will eat with every meal. Gallons of milk which will give you all the essential proteins. Multivitamin to fill in the gaps. Should be left with like $10 to buy like 10 cans of tuna or whatever.
No way to get a weekend job as a dishwasher in a restaurant? Security guard?
With one day a month even on minimum wage you would at least double the amount of money for food. $40 is possible but you need really learn to cook.
Like 95 % of the thing is possible. The guy who wrote the book is an engineer who did his research, ranging from simply reading up on it to directly answering and discussing the situations.
If you have enough mental capacity and space you should grow food. Iv done it loads and im sure someone in a desperate position could survive if they can maintain the plants and grow the correct food.
I recommend potatoes in a large bag, carrots in a raised bed somewhere, strawberries on a shelf, peppers and tomatoes plants are easy to maintain as well
Shit man, for some very odd reason it made me feel something. I've been feeling so fucking intoxicated of late. I'm smoking more than Tolkien, constant weed hangover every single hour of the day, and this bloody feeling of inminent doom.
Potatoes, budget pasta, and rice for your main food source. Combine those with canned tuna, eggs, and the fattiest (cheapest) ground beef to splurge on one day a week. It should give you enough variety to change what you eat day to day so it is more tolerable.
ramen - about 6/1.00
so you could get about 35 bucks worth (save 5 for taxes or even koolaid woo)
so that's about 210 ramens. you could have 7 of those bad boys per day. you won't be hungry at all.
Op you could always consider dumpster diving, I don't know how it is where you live but here there's so much good food that's thrown out and it's really easy to get.. just get a headlamp, some gloves and off you go
Youi just have to
>science the shit out of it.
This if you are living like this every month. Plus if you live near fields you should take whatever is growing. I used to know a guy who would take loads of shit from fields around where he lived. 15 min walk and he's sorted with 2 bags full of veg and shit.
Rice. Buy as much rice as you can with the $40. It's filling and Asians have been living off that shit for centuries. Get some basmati rice, since it tastes the best plain.
>has everything you need
>apparently all humans need is salt and carbs
Better off with dry beans, lentils, split peas then cheap meat like chicken, buy some cheap fresh veggies to fill it out. Rice has very little nutrition, it is just a filler, legumes and such have much better bang for the buck.
It's not that bad if you eat again the next month you don't feel sick you just feel lightheaded and dizzy a little but the once a week meal brings you on top for a few days again.
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Honestly from a guy who has done this many times just stop eating and eat once a week i alrdy told you. If africans can do it why can't you, don't be a whiny bitch just pull yourself together.
Actually right now I'm broke due to some delay in my regular payments.
I've been eating jackshit this past week. Granola, rice, and tinned meat.
I'd rather eat than feel as if my stomach is going to come out of my ass.
Ramen, nigga. Also look at your stores local deli, they usually will sell full chickens for like 5, or some small sausages and potatoes for like 2. Or just browse the Internet for budget shit, ain't too hard.
It won't feel like that after not eating for a while you feel nothing no pain no hunger no problems just tired and a little dizzy. If you NEED to eat your only optinon is dumpster diving but i always starved rather than that i find it disgusting.
>$5+ daily can buy you pretty much anything anyone else eats.
Then find your super market wait for them to close up and do like the beggers do. Dive in for that trash nothing wrong with the food and it's still packaged. I just don't have to stomach for that.
Your body will eat itself to fuel the brain. No such thing as free energy. You will lose parts of your organs. You don't get to decide which parts are eaten so you could die from it. Enjoy organ failure.
Yea, ignoring the damage you do to organs and bones from the lack of essential aminos and vitamins. Fun fact, you can't see most results of malnutrition till it is way too late.
Go to a Safeway (or its equivalent where you live) before closing, and buy a whole rotisserie chicken for 4 dollars. Should last you several meals / couple days.
Eat it over rice, or with potatoes. (Also hella cheap. Sliced potatoes with salt and pepper and maybe a little oil will keep you fed for days if you're desperate enough)
Or refrigerate it and mix it with apples and cranberries and mayonnaise to make a nice chicken salad sandwich. Shit, throw some walnuts in there too.
Buy some lettuce (not iceberg lettuce, that shit has no nutrients whatsoever, it's like 99.5% water, which is why its so cheap, and why every shit restaurant sells it, and why any half decent restaurant will have a salad with real greens). Make a salad with it.
Get as many variants of frozen asia veggies and the biggest bag of rice you can find, a bottle of soy sauce and eggs and then make a stir fry dish.
You can literally eat for 1-2$ a meal with that and it's nutritious.
You can also try pasta, canned pasta sauce, grated parmegiano, tuna and make a pasta dish but it's probably more expensive.
Eat sweetend porridge (water not milk) for breakfast, can't really get cheaper than that.
Buy high protein cheap shit like yams or peanuts, peanut butter works too, then buy a shit ton of cheap filler carbs so you don't feel starving all the time, raman, egg noodles, pasta, rice, etc. I used to eat peanute buttered noodles twice a week, it keeps you full because of the protein and the carbs give you some energy. Pasta is great too, take some of that beef and mix it with sauce in a pan plus a little olive oil and save the extra sauce you didn't put on the pasta to give other meals a little protein.
Buy rice, butter and great northern beans and drinks, take it slow with the eating but you should be fine cause you can make some dank ass food with just beans and rice. Just pick up bag of rice with like 20-25 99 cent cans of great northern beans of navy beans.Trust me when I had no power and just a propane stove for like three months navy and great northern beans saved my life, trust me anon, get the beans and the butta
This is true when you want to save money on large quantities of food. When you need to get as much for as little as possible, 99c store is the place to go. Big containers spoil before you use everything when you cook for one.
THE ONLY THING YOU NEED TO SUSTAIN YOURSELF IS BEANS AND RICE.
I'm assuming you have a single pot to cook these in and a stovetop on which to cook them.
Beans and rice. IF you're really on a super tight budget, load up on tons and tons of the cheaptes of both that you can stomach, and then anything you want in terms of "variation" can be bought as additions to the beans 'n' rice recipe.
baked beans, bread and butter
toast and butter the bread then eat with the baked beans (i would keep the toast and beans separate, grab a piece of toast and spoon some beans onto it and eat it like a taco)
i lived off this for almost 2 years, can easily make $40 last a month
I used to go to local hole in the wall mexishop and get chicken leg quarters 40 pounds for 35$ would desperate into two leg quarters a meal and shit lasted like a month and a week if I remember
so with your maths i can turn that $80 into $160 by eating once every 4 days
so thats 7.5 days of $160
$20 daily can buy your pretty much anything
op has $40 nigga the money doesnt magically double if you dont spend it in a day
1 dollar/packet of noodles or 50 cent ramen packets where the juice can be used to do multiple packets, saving the packets for other things
peanut butter and honey is high nutrition value but not a primary source for more than 3 days a week because of buildup, good for 1 dollar loaf bread
literally an ounce of honey can do three PB+honey sandwitches
eggs and bananas are the rest of this circle, unless you're a canned bean guy... I like canned chili with elbow noodles with the necessary water added, almost triple the volume of food of one can
walmart 1 dollar spices can last months of continued use, you can order from walmart
a costco card can get you: 10 dollar 1/2 gallon honey, 9 dollar 1/2 gallon peanut butter, 50 pack ramen for under 15 dollars, gallon bean cans for 7 bucks, 20lb rice bags for 14 bucks, 80 cent bread, 2 dollar/gallon of gas at their pumps
small mayo cans, some juice spices, boiled eggs, peanut butter, honey, powder spices, most noodles, etc don't need refridgeration and just need a fire source for absolute poorness
supposedly sometimes Chinese food is made from cats... cats can be easily acquired for free. spend $6 on rice, grab a few cats and go to the casinos with the left over $34.
he did use bacteria. from soil samples they had brought with them for growing experiments. once those bacteria died due to a hull breach he stopped growing them. I read the book and saw the movie maybe some things werent so clear in the movie but all of it was pretty much possible. it took a lot of time, shit and the right bacteria to make the soil fertile. besides "contains low oxygen, too much co2 for a plant to live" is bullshit since he didnt fucking grow them outside and if he tried the bigger problem would have been the fucking cold and lack of a thick athmosphere first and the rest second.
the movie wasnt so great but all of it was possible. just shitty explained in the movie and some things even changed. the book is more detailed about the technical problems aswell as the solutions.
Soup and Rice
Soup is mostly water, which you always have if you live in an apartment.
Rice and Spaghetti is super cheap where I live, and is mostly what I eat when on budget.
I don't know where you live. But consider doing something to get a little extra $, offer help (I know it's cringy to ask, get over it).
I suppose if you are really desperate, go steal in grocery stores, whilst you are buying. Just an extra can or two somewhere.
apply for free samples
eat all the taster food at the mall
take candy from babies
build insect trap and catch all the bugs you can, squish them into a patty and cook
trap wild squirrells and rabbits
buy some guppies and breed them and farm your own fish
go to back or restaurants and eat the stuff that comes back