Grocery costs aren’t exactly going down, and my kids definitely haven’t decided to start eating less. A big question I get asked a lot is how to save money on meat, without giving up quality. I am going to share a few shortcuts that my family uses to save on meat.
Buy in Bulk
So I know it sounds counterproductive, but when you are trying to save money on meat the best way is to buy in bulk. Typically you can get a cheaper price the more you buy. This is true for any grocery store, warehouse store, and more. Buy several pounds at once, break it up and freeze it until you are ready to use it. I will even sometimes pre-cook it so it is ready to go for meals. Great time saver too!
One of my big secrets to saving on meat is ordering from Zaycon Fresh. I have been ordering from them for years! The only catch is you are buying in bulk. You pick up your meat at the designated day, time, and location for your area. That is it. No store, no middle man. You are literally getting the meat right off of the truck from the farm. It is super fresh and I have had nothing but good luck ordering from Zaycon. The last time I ordered Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast it was only $1.69/lb. They also have ground beef, bacon, and so much more! Go now to see when Zaycon is coming to your area.
Meal planning can be a time saver and a money saver! Sometimes we purchase too much when we don’t know exactly what we are planning on making. We are just buying stuff. When you have a meal plan laid out you know exactly what you need. This cuts back on trips to the store, waste, and overspending. You can also use this to your advantage and plan your meals around the sales for the week.
Chances are there is more than one grocery store in your area. Don’t just buy meat from anywhere. Shop around. Check the prices. Check the quality. Just because one store has great prices doesn’t mean they have great food. I like to purchase my meat from Sam’s Club or Costco. They have a great quality and a better price than many other supermarkets. Also see if their is a butcher in your area. Sometimes you can get fantastic deals on fresh local meat. Also go early in the morning.
**TIP** Many stores will discount their meat from the day before first thing in the morning. It is still good, they are just trying to move product.
If you have a family, you need a freezer. Not just the freezer on your fridge but a nice stand alone freezer. I can’t tell you how much money this has saved me over the years. It enables me to take advantage of store sales, zaycon sales, and make meals ahead of time. Label and package your meats in freezer safe packaging, prepare meals ahead of time, brown ground beef before freezing. There are so many tricks to help you save money and get your food on the table faster if you have a freezer.
People have been living off of the land since the beginning of time. Find out when hunting season is in your area and go hunting. If you don’t know much about hunting you can contact your state’s agriculture or fish and wildlife department and they can point you in the right direction. Not only will the meat be free, but you will certainly know where it came from. 🙂
I would love to hear your tips on how you save money on meat. Have one that isn’t listed? Feel free to share it below.