Most people are trying to save money on their grocery bill these days, and one of the biggest expenses is usually the cost of meat. Instead of accepting the high price of meat, you can use these tips to drastically save money on your meat purchases. Here are some tips to take with you on your next shopping trip.
Look for Easy Substitutions
The biggest way to save money on meat, is to find a cheap substitution for what is on your usual grocery list. If you normally buy ground beef, substitute with bullets of ground turkey. These easily cost $.50 less a pound and are healthier for you than ground beef. If you are going to be grilling and normally get steaks, switch to pork chops which are typically less expensive. Small changes like this can save a lot of money.
Cut Out the Bone
Bone-in meat is always significantly less than than their boneless counterparts. Instead of buying boneless skinless chicken breast, buy chicken breast that still has bones and skin. Or better yet, get chicken thighs that cost even less. Then you can remove it yourself at home and save yourself the extra expense. There is a learning curve to removing bones. Once you have learned how to do it, you will wonder why you ever paid so much more to have it done for you.
These specials are made when meat is about to pass expiration date and needs to be sold quickly. Take advantage of these discounts by buying the meat and then freezing it. Freezing will keep the meat good for a few months, so you do not have to worry about it going bad!
Buy In Bulk
You can easily save $.20 a pound just by buying the family size packages of meat. When you get home, separate the meat into meal size portions and freeze for later. This is the easiest way to save money on more expensive cuts of meat, so take advantage of it.
Always keep an eye on your Sunday paper for meat coupons. Items like bacon, hot dogs, sausage, and deli meat have coupons put out for them quite often. If you can combine these coupons with on going sales the savings can be significant. Just be sure the coupon is actually saving you money, by comparing prices of like products.
Combine and Save Even More
Using just one of the above tips will help you save money on your meat, but it is much more effective if you combined all the tips to save money. For example, look for bone in pork chops in the family size package that is on Manager’s Special. Be creative with combining these tips and your grocery bill will really thank you.