It’s no secret that grocery prices have been increasing. Luckily, your grocery bill is one of the easiest bills to reduce! There are tons of tricks you can use to lower your bill, but today I’m going to teach you how to save money on meat.
Find Your Stock Up Price
The most important thing you need to know in saving on anything is to know when it is a good deal. Think about it, if you don’t know what a good sale price is, how can really know it is a good deal? This might seem a little intimidating at first, but just take it a few items at a time! Next time you are at the store, pick a few items that you regularly like to purchase and write down the regular price of each item. Then, write down how much they items were on sale for (if they are on sale). Each week, when your store circular ads gets delivered write down the new sale price (again, if they are on sale). After a few weeks, you will see begin to see how to store prices go in cycles.
Knowing your stock up prices and how often your store puts items on sale will help you determine when to buy and how much to buy until the next time that prices will hit your stock up price.
Which brings us to the second tip to save money on meat.
Buy in Bulk
Sometimes I feel like a stockbroker, buy low! When your stock up price comes up stock up!
– Many stores also will sell ‘Family Packs’ that are cheaper per pound. For our family, we just take them home and divide them up.
– Consider buying your meat from a farm. You can purchase a whole or a half of a pig or cow. If that is too much for your family or you don’t have access to a large enough freezer ask family members or friends to go in with you!
– Order online! Did you know you can purchase online? Zaycon Foods is a great place to get really fresh, great meat! You simply sign up and check which products they have available in your area. Then you place your order and drive to your local location to pick it up on delivery day! They seriously have TONS of locations – I bet there is one near you! (You can check here.)
Items are sold by the case (so again, if you need to go in with a friend!) and lots of times you can volunteer to work a few hours on delivery day to earn a credit on your next order! (In the past I’ve seen credits for $15 for each hour worked! Not too shabby!) The meat is fresh (their chicken is no hormones or additives added – LOVE that!) and at whole sale prices. You do have to go home and portion it out and freeze but you save a bundle!
(For more information and to see what foods are currently available in your area visit here.)
Be On The Look Out For Discounted Meats
Even though we buy in bulk, while I’m at the store I like to keep my eye out for discounted meats. You know the ones, with the sticker that says best if used or froze by tomorrow? You can get great deals out there on mark downs! Just be sure to use them that night or pop them in the freezer!
Ask your meat manager if they do their mark downs in the morning or in the evenings. Knowing when to shop can save you a bundle!
Try a Different Cut
Buying boneless, skinless is nice but did you know you can often save a BIG chunk by buying bone in and skin on? Or that if you buyer a cheaper cut of meat and cook it in your slow cooker it will come out nice and tender? Don’t be intimidated by the different cuts of meat. And if you have questions or want suggestions just ask your meat manager or butcher! They are always great for giving advice!
Make Enough – But Not Too Much!
We have a small household – just 3 of us. And I’m going to be honest – we are horrible about leftovers. They get packaged with the best intentions. And then they get thrown away. For us, we don’t need a whole big tenderloin. So when I get home, I cut it in half and freeze it! We have plenty for dinner, but not enough for leftovers. Which means nothing gets wasted! Which means you not only save money on meat, but you save money on all of your food!
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!
Cut Back On How Much Meat You Eat
Try implementing a Meatless night or serving the meat as a side dish rather than the main course. (Think spaghetti with a side of meatballs or a yummy salad with some chicken.) You can also try using less meat and adding things like beans or rice to your burgers. Many times no one can tell that you added them!
What are your best tips for saving on meat?