It is hard to find a good deal on meat these days. Unless you own the cow, you are going to pay the majority of your grocery bill toward meat. While you want quality cuts of beef, chicken and pork, the prices make purchasing them nearly impossible. If you don’t want to be stuck eating the same low cost options all the time here are some tips.
- Get to the store EARLY. Meat from the previous day is typically marked down first thing in the morning for quick sale.
- Talk to the meat manager and find out what day they typically do markdowns so you can get the first pick
- When purchasing marked down meat cook asap, or freeze asap. These meats are marked down because they are running out of time.
- Buy a larger cut of meat and ask to have it cut for free. Most grocers will cut and wrap large pieces for you at no charge.
- Buy in bulk- If you have a freezer to store it in, purchase meat when it is on sale at a low price. You can buy 20 lbs, then wrap and freeze it for future meals.
- Buy the cow….seriously. Contact local farmers and purchase a whole or half of beef. While it is an investment, it will last you a long time, and you know it is quality.
- Portion size! Plan meals and measure portions. Prepare enough side dishes so that your meat servings do not have to be as large per meal.
I found the above pictured Ground beef this morning at Walmart. 5.5 lbs for $10.14! That is $1.84 per pound!
Hope you found these shortcuts for saving money on meat helpful. Don’t forget to check out the recipes here on A Few Short Cuts to get some great meal planning ideas!