30 Bananas a Day!

Hey guys, I'm currently struggling with money and can mainly get my carbs from potatoes at night as the only fruit cheep enough for me to buy are dates from the supermarket and frozen berries
I'm currently having porridge in the morning with sultanas ( raisins ) a smoothy at lunch which sadly is only around 200 calories and a good 1000 calories of potatoes at night with veggies

Wondering if I'm doing well or not, I'm currently only able to spend $50 max on food every 2 weeks

Would love some advice/ input into anything I can do better

Thanks daniel.

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I'd say you are close. I'd try to get in another 500 calories if I was you.

How to find cheap fruit.

1. Get to know a produce manger.

  • Ask the manager if you could buy some of the fruit he's throwing out. Stores throw out ripe fruit because of liability. They believe if they sell ripe fruit it might make someone sick and that person could sue the store.
  • Ask the manager if you can get a lower price on fruit if you buy in bulk. I get good deals all the time when I buy food in bulk.

2. Find a food liquidation store

  • Liquidation store is where they sell expired or close to expired food and if you are lucky they will sell fruit. There aren't too many of these kinds of stores around, but some of the most amazing deals I've ever gotten was from a liquidation store. $5 for a case of ripe organic bananas. Yes please!

3. Find a wholesale store.

  • Stores like Costco, Winco, Cash n' Carry, etc sell their food at a wholesale price so as long as you are buying a lot the price is right.

4. Dumpster dive.

  • I've never had to do it myself, but I've seen some epic hauls from people on this forum getting fruit and other goodies from store dumpsters. You can't beat free.

Hope that helps you Daniel.

Peace, plants

-Brian

That was a very kind and helpful reply Brian...thank-you for taking the time to help Daniel :D 

thanks for that info :), i currently live in the country and conveniently live near a major fruit supplier and supermarkets but that is it sadly. i have no idea where a wholesale would be around here or a liquidation store
how would i go about getting fruit in bulk from supermarkets? because i'm really sick of eating  high carb alternatives to fruit haha

To get fruit in bulk from supermarkets simply go up to a produce worker and ask if you can buy a case of fruit and what that price would be. Some stores will not sell by the case and some stores will not give you a discount for buying in bulk. Don't ask for a discount, but see if they give it to you.

Relationship is everything. I sometimes shop at a major chain grocery store (QFC). They typically  never give me a discount on bulk fruit, except when I talk to the produce manager. The manager sees me in the store buying greens all the time and I've talked to him a few times about fruit and stuff. 

Since he knows I'm a regular customer he will sometimes give me a discount on bulk fruit. I once got $16 off a case of fruit from the produce manager.

Also make sure to ask the produce manager if you can buy any of the ripe fruit that they throw away. Some will make an exception and sell it to you for very cheap. You never know until you ask.


Good luck.

I recomend using https://cronometer.com/ to make sure your getting enough calories.

I'm not sure if any stores near you have bananas for super cheap, but usually you can get ones that are cut, and individual for .37 cents a pound! Today I got about 30 bananas for $3 with that price at my local grocery store! Very good fruit to be having on this diet

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