But in my quest to gain weight and build more muscle, I've turned to GNC -- and with the easy combination of a discount card and soon-to-expire clearance items, I've found that shopping at GNC can actually be cheaper than buying junk food at Walmart.
Here's how it works: For $15 per year, you can get a GNC Gold Card, which entitles you to 20% off almost anything (including almost all sale/clearance items) for the first seven days of every month. On top of that, GNC offers deep discounts on soon-to-expire bars, shakes, and other nutritional products. If you buy stuff two months before it expires, you can save a fortune.
For instance, Mix 1 is a very nice smoothie-like drink -- reasonably high protein, lots of vitamins and antioxidants. On Amazon.com, a 12-pack will set you back $25.00 -- $2.08 per drink. Each serving has:
- 15 grams of premium whey isolate
- 23 vitamins and minerals
- 3 servings of fruit/veggies
- antioxidants = to 4 cups of tea
- free of lactose, gluten, soy and caffeine
I also got a nice mix of protein bars for 63 cents each (clearanced to 79 cents plus a 20% discount).
Bottom line? You can actually save money and eat healthier by buying snacks at GNC -- if you know when to shop and what to look for.