It can seem tricky sometimes to keep your fridges full of quality, high-protein food when you're on a tight budget. Throw in a tub of protein powder, any supplements you may be taking, gym costs, and all the new shirts you have to buy because your arms are getting too big and you may find yourself wondering if you can even afford this new lifestyle. But not only is it possible to bulk up on a budget, it will probably even help you.

1. Set priorities: If your money is running out and you're serious about putting on weight, consider dropping something else for a while. Putting on muscle takes commitment and a strong work ethic. You're devoting a lot of time in the gym so don't make sacrifices when it comes to nutrition. Put it at the top of your budget list.

2. Write it down: Take some time to figure out exactly what you need to succeed. Set your daily protein requirement and plan out your week in advance. You'll stay ahead of your needs, and it will be easier to keep track of exactly what's entering your fridge and your mouth.

Cheap foods can be nutritious: After shopping on a budget for a while, you'll discover that some of the least expensive foods are often the best for you. Buying whole, unprocessed foods is easier on the wallet than buying pre-made meals or eating out. It's also better for your health. Whole, unprocessed foods are lower in sodium and other preservatives, have higher nutritional content, and less sugar. You may also learn to cook as an added bonus.

You don't have to be rich to get huge. You just need to make a plan and stick to your guns. Hit the grocery store with a strategy.

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