Budget Saving Strategies for Buying Meat

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When I’m planning my menu for the week I normally plan around which meat, poultry, pork, or seafood item I’m going to be serving as an entrée.  Because meat generally serves as the “main event” at dinnertime, it can represent a significant slice of my grocery budget.   I realized cutting what I spend on meat can have a major impact on my spending overall.  Below are a few simple tricks of the trade when buying meat that I’ve learned.Weekly Ad

  • I time my purchases to coincide with sales, so that despite price fluctuations at the store, the price you pay remains consistently low.   Get familiar with the sales cycles in your area; you’ll eventually know when it’s time to load your cart, and your freezer.
  • I Start by reading the supermarket sales selections in the newspaper (the weekly sales cycle happens every Wednesday).  At least one type of main-dish ingredient is the featured front-page sale item in the store ad, and I have found that’s what I need to load up on.  Weather it’s boneless chicken breast, pork loin, ground beef, or ham, the featured item typically costs half of it’s regular price, and by paying attention week after week, it’s quickly apparent what tends to go on sale when.
  • Individually frozen chicken pieces, fish fillets, and ground-beef patties often cost less than their fresh counterparts.  If I need chicken and fresh is not on sale, the bagged individually frozen chicken pieces in 2.5 to 5-pound bags (depending on the cut) cost at least 10 percent less per pound than the full-priced fresh versions.
  • Ground beef can vary based on whether you buy it fresh, frozen, prepackaged, or as patties.  The price per pound will vary as weekly prices change, so there isn’t a hard-and-fast rule about which form is least expensive. Market Street frequently throws their patties on sale for $1.99 per pound.  Who says you can’t use that to make tacos or spaghetti?  It’s worth the time to compare a few options to make sure you are getting the lowest price for the type of ground beef you prefer.
  • Do it yourself!  I typically can lower my price and trim chicken and make them into individual portions to fit my family.

What are some saving strategies you have for buying meat?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. dianekm1
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 15:24:10

    Reblogged this on Two Frugal Gals.

    Reply

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