Sunday, April 13, 2014

18 Tips to Save $$$ on Meat!

With the rising cost of food, we are all trying to find ways to save money while shopping. 


Eat Less Meat

It might seem a little obvious, but it’s true. Eating less meat will boost the bottom line, and give you an excuse to try new recipes outside chicken casseroles and sloppy-joes. Just implementing 2-3 meatless meals a week will reduce your need to buy it all the time, which will leave a little more wiggle room in your grocery budget.

                   
Know Your Price per Pound

You can save a huge chunk of money just by knowing how much meat typically costs. Keep a grocery price book and write down the price per pound after every purchase. Pretty soon, you will start seeing a trend, and won’t need to reference your price book as often.


Freeze As Much As Possible

After each grocery store run, make it a habit to repackage all meat into smaller, plastic freezer bags as soon as possible. Then label, stack, and store in the freezer until it’s time to pull out for a lunch or dinner recipe.
Leaving meat in the fridge for more than a few days can cause it to spoil fast, and I would hate for you to waste all that money! Establish a rule that unless you will be using the meat that day, it goes straight into the freezer.


Don’t Buy Specialty Meat

It seems obvious that to save money on meat, you wouldn't go out and buy a New York Strip Steak. Instead it’s more reasonable to stick to basic chicken breasts and ground beef.
However, you still have to watch what you’re buying. Boneless or thinly sliced chicken breasts cost much more than drumsticks or whole chickens, because you’re letting the butcher do all the work for you. Buying less expensive cuts of meat then tenderizing, marinating or slow cooking them will get you more flavors for less the cost. You’ll often get the same great flavor as the more expensive cuts at a fraction of the cost. Shaping your own hamburger patties or thin cutting steak by hand will save you from having to pay for someone else to do the work.


Stretch the Life of Meat

I never pay much attention to meat portions in recipes, and if you’re trying to save money, you probably shouldn't either. When the ingredients call for 4 chicken breasts, I only use two and cut them in half. I do the same with ground beef. A recipe might tell me to use whole pound, but I’ll use only half and just make the casserole less meaty. No one has ever noticed!

Buy a Portion of a Cow, Pig, or Raise Chickens

If you live in a farming area, definitely look into buying a whole animal or even half. This is best if you have a deep freezer to store it in. It might seem like a huge cost up front, but if you know your price per pound, then it could potentially be a cheaper option in the long run. You could always find someone to split the cost with too! You can also raise chickens, if your area allows it. (Great way to get fresh eggs or your own organic meat.)


Lunch Meat

Instead of automatically heading to the deli counter, check out the packaged deli choices. They are often made by the same company as the meat at the deli counter but are much more likely to be cheaper and have coupons. For healthier options at either location, opt for meat that’s low on preservatives and without added nitrates and fillers.

Branch Out

Check out local butcher shops or farms for great deals on fresh meat. Sometimes their prices are lower than bargain grocery stores.

Divide & Conquer

Family-size packages are often cheaper per pound than their small counterparts. Invest in a bigger package, and then divide it up into portions when you get home. You can cook it first then freeze, or freeze it raw. Make sure to seal well in freezer bags to stave off frostbite.

Meat Coupons

Don’t think it is impossible to find meat coupons. Many times, they can be found near holidays. Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Memorial Day and Christmas time are great times to find meat coupons. I have also noticed that many times, meat coupons are not in circulars, but as “peelies” on the products instead.

Shopping at Night? 

If you find yourself making a dash to the store at night, check to see if the rotisserie chickens have been marked down!  Since these are made daily stores often marks them WAY down later in the evenings after the dinner rush.  Our stores will mark them down to 99¢ or $1.99!  They are perfect for taking home and shredding to add to salads, tacos, etc for lunch the next day or even dinner!

Shop In-Season

Meat prices do fluctuate with the season just like everything else! During grilling season and warmer weather, ground beef and steak prices are higher, while winter favorites like roast cuts will go down in price. Meat also goes on sale at least every other month, so stocking up with a 6-8 week supply will help you save.

Meat Deals

I have a local store that will have 5/$25 sale. You can get 5 kinds of meat, regularly about $6-$9 each. The best by date is coming up in less than two days, but I always freeze it that night anyway. 

Change the mind-set that meat is your main dish.

Meat doesn't always have to be the main dish! Search for some yummy recipes that have meat as a side.

Make Stock from Bones

Save bones and fat to make stock and use the stock to flavor meatless meals.
With a whole chicken, there is always a ton of meat left over. Freeze the extras for use in casseroles, and boil the bones for broth. I used to be so intimidated by this, but it is really easy! They are absolutely perfect for soups, stews, and to use with pasta dishes.

After Holiday Deals

Turkeys and hams are cheapest after holidays. IF you can find any in the store, most places will mark them down. You can always freeze the extras for other meals.


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Get Your Own

We fish and hunt when we can. We will get our limits, clean and freeze what we don't eat that night. 




How do you save money on Meat?


AMR
Please keep in mind that sale/clearance items may be regional and can vary by stores. It's always best to check your local store. Rate My Blog @ Top Mommy Blogs

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