Meat is one of the most expensive items on our grocery list. As a large family, I have found it to be quite challenging to Here are some ways to save on meat to lower your food bill.
1. Eat Less Meat. By implementing 1 - 2 days of meatless meals a week, you will cut so much from your grocery bill. There are many meatless recipes that can make your family happy and feel satisfied. For example, my kids love hamburgers, so I decided to buy—and sometimes make my own—black bean burgers. My kids love them and I feel better about feeding them something healthier.
2. Freeze As Much As Possible. Meat that’s stored in the refrigerator tends to spoil pretty quickly and that’s a lot of wasted money. When you arrive home from grocery shopping, take the meat out of its original packaging, place it in freezer bags and label it.
3. Check Out In-Store Meat Coupons. Many stores have meat coupons that are only available in-store. They usually give me a savings of a few dollars per package—a big savings!
4. Check the “Manager’s Special.” This is meat that is getting close to their “sell by” date. Usually it’s best to use it the same day that you buy it or just freeze it.
5. Stretch Your Meat Further. One trick I use to stretch meat further is to use fillers to mix with it like potatoes, rice, pasta or beans. I also cut it up in small pieces and use it in dishes like casseroles, stews and soups.
6. Check the meat counter for sales. I have often times found that the meat counter has better deals per pound than the pre-packed meats sold in the cooler.
7. Buy in Bulk. We often find we can get good deals on choice meats through warehouse club memberships such as Costco or Sam’s Club. As a family of seven, buying in bulk is a great option for us. We use what we need for the week and freeze the rest.
8. Consider buying from a wholesaler. Companies such as Zaycon allow consumers to purchase large quantities of meat monthly or quarterly from frozen or refrigerated trucks at deep discounts.
9. Buy meats that you normally wouldn’t get and try them. For instance, ground turkey can be cheaper than ground beef. You can use it in recipes that require ground beef and the bonus is that ground turkey is usually healthier.
10. Grind your own meat. Ground beef (hamburger) is basically ground chuck. When you see it on sale, buy it in bulk and grind it yourself using a Kitchen-aid mixer attachment. It’s also worth asking an employee behind the meat counter, as they may even grind it for you at no extra cost.
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