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So I've talked about many money-saving tips but today I want to share how to save money on meat. I'm sure I have mentioned this before, but I was at the store earlier today and was asked about this, so I think it bears repeating.
How can I spend less money on meat?
I only buy meat on markdown, and here's why. This is meat that is being marked down because it is nearing its sell-by date. This does not mean the meat is bad, not AT ALL! The grocery stores have regulations that they can only have the meat out to sell in refrigerated areas for X amount of time. When this time nears, the stores would rather take a hit on the meat than throw it away and get paid nothing.
I take this food home, and either cook it up that day or freeze it right then. It's still good frozen as long as non-marked-down food!
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Other stores put a big orange sticker with the new price on the package that looks like this:
This was a 3 1/2 pound package of hamburger meat for $5.58, down from $7.99. I did a quick calculation to figure out that means about $1.59lb! That's $0.40 less than my stock up price, during a rock bottom sale! So I grabbed the last 3 packs that were marked down within a few cents of each other and came home separated them into 1lb bags and froze them.
That's 10 meals worth $15!! I also picked up 2 packs of round-eye steaks for $2.50 each, a pack of Denver steaks for $1.99, and a pack of chicken wings for $3 which was enough to make 2 meals worth!
Where can I get the best price on meat?
There's no definitive answer to this question because it can vary depending on where you live and what type of meat you're looking for. However, a good rule of thumb is to buy meat from local farmers or ranchers who raise their animals on pasture. Not only will you get a better price, but you'll also be getting meat that's healthier and more sustainable.
What meats are inexpensive?
Cheap meats include chicken, pork, and beef. Lamb is also relatively affordable, though it can be a bit more pricey than chicken or pork.
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Is chicken cheaper than beef?
Yes, chicken is cheaper than beef. The price of chicken has remained relatively stable in recent years, while the price of beef has increased. This is largely due to the fact that there is a much greater supply of chicken than there is of beef.
How can I save on my grocery bill?
There are a few ways that you can save on your grocery bill. One way is to clip coupons. Another way is to buy store brands instead of name brands. You can also try to buy food in season, and you can shop at discount stores or warehouse clubs.
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More Ways to Save Money on Meat
Butcher meats yourself
Many people are interested in saving money by butchering their own meats. The process is not as difficult as it may seem, and it can save you a significant amount of money over time. In addition, butchering your own meats allows you to have more control over the quality of the meat that you eat. When you purchase meat from the grocery store, you often do not know where it came from or how it was raised. However, when you butcher your own meat, you can be sure that it is fresh and of the highest quality.
Stretch meats farther
One way to make your meat go further is to add bulk with other ingredients. Beans, grains, and vegetables can all be used to extend ground beef, for instance. And chicken can be stretched by adding it to soups and casseroles. Another stretching technique is to use smaller cuts of meat in dishes where the meat is less central to the flavors. For example, cubed stewing beef can be used instead of steak in many recipes. And finally, don't forget about leftovers! A little meal planning ahead can help you make the most of your meat budget.
Buy in bulk
Bulk buying often allows you to take advantage of discounts and can help you to avoid wasting money on over-purchasing perishable items. However, before you head to the store, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, think about how much food your family will realistically consume within the expiration date. Second, consider whether you have enough storage space to accommodate a large quantity of food. Finally, make sure to compare prices so that you are getting the best possible deal. When done correctly, bulk buying can be a great way to save money on groceries.
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Buy during a sale
When it comes to stocking up on groceries, timing is everything. Buying food during a sale can help you save money and ensure that you have a constant supply of fresh, healthy ingredients on hand. However, it's important to exercise caution when purchasing perishable items, as they may go bad before you have a chance to use them. With non-perishable items, such as canned goods and dried pasta, it's usually safe to buy in bulk. But with fresh produce and meat, you'll need to ensure that you can use the food before it expires. Plan meals in advance and make sure to check the expiration dates on any perishable items before making your purchase. By following these simple guidelines, you can take advantage of sales without wasting food or money.
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Now another trick I use to save money is an online one. Not all meat is a great deal in my area of the country, and I have heard things like outrageous bacon prices in other parts of the country or not being able to find ground chuck for under $4 a pound. OUCH! So if you are having this problem, no fear!
If you have a hard time finding a good deal on meat check out Zaycon Foods, sign up, it's free, and take a look around. You buy in bulk and pick it up at their drop-off location, normally a church parking lot. The chicken breasts are huge and at a price lower than my stock-up price! You can see my review here. Some prices won't work for you in your area like for me the bacon prices are more than what I get locally. But for a friend of mine in Texas, the prices for her are less than she can get locally.