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May 27, 2013

There's a Trader Joe's at 142 E 14th St.

May 27, 2013

Trader Joe's + check the weekly flyers for other (Associated, Key Food, etc.) grocery stores if you really want to save money.

May 27, 2013

Trader Joe's is the only place to go.

May 27, 2013

If you actually have a job that allows you to cook (MO/BO?) consider going to another borough to shop for food. If anything, ethnic neighborhoods in Manhattan such as Little Italy & Chinatown tend to have lots of raw ingredients for really cheap.

May 27, 2013

Trader Joe's is great (on 14th or on 72nd) for packaged meat, pizza, frozen fish (great tuna steaks for $5), dairies, bread, pasta, etc. However for veggies, fresh fruits, fresh meat, cold cuts, fresh fish, you might want to walk a few more blocks up and go to Fareway (or West Side Market).

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May 27, 2013

Another vote for Trader Joe's. For both food and wine (both stores are in Union Square.

Fresh Direct is very convenient, but a bit expensive.

May 27, 2013

freshdirect is solid if you ONLY order presidents picks -- but thats my style

May 28, 2013

Trader Joe's is your only place to go. I tend to get my commodities there and my fresh stuff from Whole Foods. WF can be surprisingly inexpensive if you look for deals.

May 28, 2013

"cheap" and "time efficient" are a tradeoff in any major city. If you want to buy and cook your own food one solution is to look into grocery delivery. They're quicker and in many cases cheaper than buying groceries in Manhattan. For cooking yourself also look into at soups, salads, casseroles, etc. Any food that you can prepare a large batch of at once and then freeze will save you a lot of time.

If you're really pressed for time to the point that you're willing to spend some cash to make time there's any number of meal delivery type services.

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May 28, 2013

Costco in Harlem - buy a shit ton of frozen chicken breasts and veggies for the entire summer. Chinatown groceries are really cheap if you want fresh. Another tip for being frugal: $4 haircuts on Bayard St in Chinatown.

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May 28, 2013
goblan:

Costco in Harlem - buy a shit ton of frozen chicken breasts and veggies for the entire summer. Chinatown groceries are really cheap if you want fresh. Another tip for being frugal: $4 haircuts on Bayard St in Chinatown.

Hey I actually live near chinatown - are there any specific grocery stores you recommend? Also, the 4$ haircuts are they decent? Thanks !

May 28, 2013

Chipotle everyday

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May 28, 2013

Buy those huge bags of brown rice, chicken thighs (not as low fat as breasts but they're like a buck a pound and taste much better), frozen veg, Goya beans, salsa, tortillas and whatever else you like. In a deep baking dish put the chicken thighs in with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder and bake at 300 for 2-3 hrs. When it's cool pull off the meat from the bones. Cook a shit ton of rice. That's the chipotle burrito or bowl and can honestly take you through a week for $15-20. I did this by accident when my wife accidentally bought 10 lbs of chicken thighs and now we have homemade chipotle a few times per week. We do it not for the money but BC we have kids and taking kids out is a bitch but we were sitting there one day and my wife mentioned she wasn't spending any money on groceries and that's was why. You can do the same with pork butt and have carnitas. Make both crispy by broiling it after it's off the bone.

Eggs for breakfast. Frozen veggies are really cheap and obviously don't go bad. Sweet potatoes in the microwave. You should also get dinner at the office.

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May 28, 2013
Dingdong08:

Buy those huge bags of brown rice, chicken thighs (not as low fat as breasts but they're like a buck a pound and taste much better), frozen veg, Goya beans, salsa, tortillas and whatever else you like. In a deep baking dish put the chicken thighs in with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder and bake at 300 for 2-3 hrs. When it's cool pull off the meat from the bones. Cook a shit ton of rice. That's the chipotle burrito or bowl and can honestly take you through a week for $15-20. I did this by accident when my wife accidentally bought 10 lbs of chicken thighs and now we have homemade chipotle a few times per week. We do it not for the money but BC we have kids and taking kids out is a bitch but we were sitting there one day and my wife mentioned she wasn't spending any money on groceries and that's was why. You can do the same with pork butt and have carnitas. Make both crispy by broiling it after it's off the bone.

Eggs for breakfast. Frozen veggies are really cheap and obviously don't go bad. Sweet potatoes in the microwave. You should also get dinner at the office.

This is great advice! I will do this. Thanks ! :D

May 28, 2013

Oatmeal and banana with milk. Dirt cheap and nutrient-rich.

If you want to go bare go with oatmeal and full fat milk. Adding some of this http://us.myprotein.com/sports-nutrition/flavdrops... (the toffee flavour is genius) makes it taste awesome.

DYEL

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May 28, 2013
Waving Wind:

Oatmeal and banana with milk. Dirt cheap and nutrient-rich.

If you want to go bare go with oatmeal and full fat milk. Adding some of this http://us.myprotein.com/sports-nutrition/flavdrops... (the toffee flavour is genius) makes it taste awesome.

For what meal do you eat this? Breakfast?

May 28, 2013

Have you ever considered using Soylent? It's probably not the cheapest option, but there is virtually no prep.

May 28, 2013

I bring 5 tupperwares to work every day and train 4-5 times a week. It's a lot of work, but definitely worth it. Here's what I usually make:

  • Breakfast. I cook eggs in a muffin tin once or twice a week. Mix up eggs, bell peppers, cheese, turkey sausage, and put it in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Much easier than scrambled, and it lasts for 3-4 days of breakfast
  • Lunch. 90% of the time this is chicken breast and brown rice. I do what you said and cook it either on Sunday, or I'll cook 3-4 one night during the week. Crockpots require the least work. Just cook it over night and it's good to go
  • Dinner is usually similar to lunch. Sometimes I'll do quinoa instead of brown rice. If you're staying until 8, you're probably getting a dinner allotment. I've had Muscle Maker grill, which has a lot of options. If not there, I usually always get some meal with chicken breast
  • Snacks 2-3 times a day: greek yogurt, oatmeal, banana, protein shake, cottage cheese.

I've been tracking my calories, and it's definitely helped lose the weight I've gained sitting in a desk half the day.
I don't think there's any reason why I can't get in the fittest shape I've ever been while working in finance. It just takes a decent amount of work and sacrifice. Feels dang good though (though I probably look funny with 5 empty tupperwares on my desk by the end of the day)

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May 28, 2013

I'm assuming you are usually eating at your desk or having your meals in the pantry?

May 28, 2013

Invest in a 20 dollar slow cooker - Throw a bunch of chicken, greens, potatoes/rice, seasoning or salsa and by the time you are home you have a full meal with leftovers.

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May 28, 2013
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May 28, 2013