10 Money-Saving Tips for Buying Meat

A large portion of many grocery budgets is designated for meat so it’s critical to shop wisely in this category for the largest overall savings.  Beef is often more expensive than pork or poultry so limiting the amount of red meat can drastically reduce the grocery budget.

Here are several suggestions to help save money when shopping for meat:

  • Reduce the amount of meat used in soups, stews and casseroles.
  • Try one meatless meal each week.
  • Look for coupons on meat items.
  • Buy family-size packs and whole chickens to save per pound, repackage and freeze.
  • Mix ground beef with less expensive ground turkey, venison or pork to save money.
  • Add fillers such as breadcrumbs or oatmeal to stretch ground beef even further.
  • Items marked Reduced for Quick Sale can be frozen immediately and used later.
  • Talk to the butcher. Ask if they’ll cut roasts on sale into steaks or grind into hamburger.
  • Stock up on meat you frequently purchase when it goes on sale.
  • Consider purchasing a whole, or half, cow from a local farmer or meat market.

 

How do you stretch your food budget when buying meat? Use the comment form below to share your money-saving tips.

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Shari is a freelance writer and speaker specializing in the topics of starting a home business, living richly on less, and the challenges of raising children while doing both.

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