01Make it Stretch
Purchase smaller amounts of meat. Then, stretch it with oatmeal, breadcrumbs or another cheap and healthy filler.
- How to Stretch Ground Beef
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02Grind Your Own Meat
Instead of buying ground beef, purchase a chuck roast on sale and either grind it yourself or ask the butcher to do it for you. The end product will be the same, but you'll spend far less for it
03Buy Reduced Price
Snatch up packages of meat that have been marked down for quick sale. Then, use them by the date on the package or freeze them for later use:
04Buy Cheaper Cuts
Family-sized packages of meat usually cost less per pound than smaller packages. So, buy one big package, and divide it into the portions that you need.
06Enjoy More Meatless Meals
07Buy Lean Cuts
Sure those packages of 70% lean ground beef are cheaper than the 96% lean ground beef, but guess what? After the fat cooks away, that lean package will net you more meat for your money.
Need lunchmeat? Many delis will sell you the lunchmeat ends for far less than the price of a pound of deli meat. Ask, and you may net yourself a real deli deal.
09Do the Trim Work Yourself
Meats that have been sliced, butterflied, cut into tenderloins or made into patties cost more than meats that haven't; so, buy simple cuts, and do the trim work yourself.
10Explore Other Sources for Meat
Do some research to find out if there are any butcher shops, farmers or meat lockers in your area that sell meat below the grocery store price:
11Stock Up Around the Holidays
Fill your freezer with turkey and ham around Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter. Holiday sales will push these meats down to their cheapest advertised price of the year. For an even sweeter deal, wait until the week after these holidays. Any remaining inventory is sure to get marked down quickly.
Tip: Save any ham or turkey coupons that you come across, and use them after the holidays. When paired with a reduced price sticker, you'll get a killer deal.
Meat coupons aren't super common, but you can find them if you know where to look:
13Pay with Overage
Shop at a store that let's you keep your coupon overage. Then, use it to buy meat.
How to Save Money by Cutting Your Meat Bill
Are the current meat prices butchering your grocery budget? If so, there's plenty you can do about it. Here are 14 simple ways to save money on meat: