Thrifty Thursday: How To Save On Meat

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I received a great question asking how to save on fresh meat and produce. I started writing down ideas and realized this should be a short series. I’ll post several ideas on how you can save money on meat and produce over the next couple of weeks.

Saving money on meat at the grocery store

Watch for Sales: Purchase meat when it goes on sale. Look at the weekly sale fliers to see which stores have the best prices.

Watch for markdowns: Stores markdown meat as it gets closer to the sell by date. Buy meat when it’s at a reduced price and either cook it by the suggested date or freeze for later use.

Stockpile: Purchase multiple packages of meat when you find a good deal. I love B1G1 sales or even better, B1G2 sales. Perdue tends to go through cycles when you can score great deals on chicken. Pick up 3 packages of chicken for $2-$3 per package instead of $6-$9.

Buy in Bulk: Don’t be afraid to purchase a family size package if it’s a great price per lb. Open the package and freeze in meal size portions. Recently, Harris Teeter had a family pack of bone-in chicken breast for around $3. I divided the package into 3 meals, averaging just over $1 per meal. You could also divide a 5 lb package of ground beef into five 1 lb packages if it’s a great price.

Prepare/Trim Meat Yourself: Avoid buying meat that has been butterflyed, pre-sliced, formed into patties or marinated. You can save by doing these simple tasks yourself.
What are your tips for saving on meat and produce?

About The Author: Dana is a wife and mother of 2 energetic kids.  She blogs at The Coupon Challenge where she challenges you to spend your hard earned dollars wisely.  Look for an entire series on how to save money on meat and produce as part of her weekly Thrifty Thursday series.


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