How to save money on meat without using coupons

So you’re looking to spend less on beef while eating healthy for less.

Saving money on beef doesn’t have to involve sales and coupons all the time.

Eating beef on a budget requires a different way of thinking. Instead of thinking only price as the way to save money, you also have to consider the value of what you are getting. Sometimes a cheaper product might seem more attractive or be an alternative but you will not be get the nutritional value for your money. What does that mean, more cost of health care and less food required to meet your nutritional needs. You don’t want to end up paying for empty calories or poor nutritional even if the price may seem more attractive.

Money shouldn’t be an excuse to stand in the way of a well balanced diet. Canadian Beef is packed with nutrients, it is good for you and lean Canadian Beef is also recommend by Health Canada.

By implementing some of these tips below you will be on your way to have Canadian Beef on your plate for less.

More meat for your money:
When buying ground beef opt for the extra lean. It might be a little more however by the time the fat is cooked off on the cheaper option, you’ll end up with less lean meat. Going for the learner ground beef will ensure getting your money’s worth.

Buy in season: Yes, this also applies to beef. Saving money by buying hamburgers and steaks just before BBQ season is best in summer before prices jump up. The best time to buy BBQ beef is in the spring. Same goes for pot roasts and stews, buy roasts in late summer when no one is buying roasts because it’s too hot outside to be having roast for dinner. Stock up and freeze them when they are at their cheapest instead of paying the premium.

Grind your own: Buying leaner cheaper cuts and grinding your own beef will save money on beef.

Marinate and slow cook meat: Marinating and slow cooking meat will get you the most of beef. It tenderizes the beef giving you a mouth watering melt of beef. This gives you the option to buy less expensive cuts of beef.

Pare down serving size: The recommend service size is 3oz but most people are eating 2 to 3 times that amount. This is the reason people are suffering from heart disease. All in moderation.

Buy the entire animal: Buying in bulk will always be cheaper and more economical than buying separate cuts of beef. Contact your local butcher and request a whole or half a beef to be butchered then divide up the meat between your friends or families.

Stretch beef by adding fillers: By adding fillers such as vegetables, oatmeal or other grains to recipes that contain meet. Spaghetti bolognese with some peas or carrots is a great example of how you can save on beef. It’s also becomes a well balanced meal.

One of my all time favourites which will save money on beef and provides me with a well balanced diet is Shepherd’s Pie.  (Recipe below, for more great recipes visit Canadian Beef website) What is one recipe that can be shared that will help save money on beef.

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5 large potatoes
  • 6 mushrooms
  • salt to taste
  • little butter
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 dash milk
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch white pepper
  • 1 cup beer gravy
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 1/4 cups of peas
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
Instructions:

Boil potatoes in salted water to cover. Drain, cool and peel. Mash in large boil with butter, milk and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Saute beef until brown, stirring to keep meat crumbly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, parsley, tomato paste, Worcestershire and gravy. Stir and mix. Add peas and cook about 5 minutes. Turn mixture into casserole.

Spread potatoes evenly over meat. Bake at 400F 4o minutes until top is crispy brown. Option add cheddar cheese in the last 5 minutes or baking for added flavour.

Profile imageAuthor: Lina Zussino on February 8th, 2013. Lina Zussino, is a co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. GroceryAlerts.ca encourages real whole foods cooking while helping Canadians save money with grocery deals and coupons.

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