Meat is the focus to a healthy well balanced meal and for that reason it is important to know how to save money on meat.
Meat is also the most expensive portion of any meal and knowing how to put together a frugal meal will make meal planning easier.
Here are 10 great tips to help save money on meat:
Tip 1: Make your own ground beef.
Grinding your own meat such as chuck or blade roast to make patties will cost much less than pre ground beef. It will taste better and grinding your own ground beef allows you to make ground beef leaner which is ultimately healthier for you.
Tip 2: Save the bones.
This is no secret in fact I’ve discussed this on GroceryAlerts many times. Boiling the left over carcases to make a savory borth or stew. Try asking your local butcher for leftover bones. You might be surprised to learn that a lot of times they beef bones just get thrown into the garbage.
Tip 3: Buy family size portions.
This is Costco’s trick to get their customers buying more meat. Buying in bulk and splitting it with friends or family can save you a lot of money on prime cuts of meat. This will save money on meat by a few dollars per pound that can add up. It is more economical than purchasing pieces separately.
Tip 4: Cut back on portion size.
These days our serving sizes are far too much. A healthy serving size of meat is only 3 ounces. We generally eat 2 even 3 times the recommended amount per meal. There is also a huge benefit to cutting back on your portions saving you money on meat and health costs in the years to come.
Tip 5: Check your grocery store for discounts on nearly expired packaged meats.
A great tip for anyone looking to buy meat – is at the end of the day. The grocery store needs to reduce the price of pre packaged meat otherwise they risk not selling the meat and end up throwing it away. Grocery stores just want to get rid of the meat. Also, during major holidays when grocery stores have excess inventory is a good time to stock up the freezer.
Tip 6: Buy the entire chicken or turkey.
One of the best ways to save money on meat is to buy the whole animal whether it be a bird, turkey or pig. Recently I bought a one whole leg of pork for $23 that yield 25 meals. You will get different cuts for various recipes. Additional you will be able to make a broth that can be frozen from the remaining carcasses.
Tip 7: Substitute meat with alternative protein, go meatless one day of the week.
Substituting meat with beans is common in our house hold in order to stay with our grocery budget. Find recipes with legumes that are just as satisfying as a piece of meat. One of my favourite dishes is lentil burgers. They are delicious and as filling as a meat burger.
Tip 8: Learn how to cook cheaper meat cuts taste good.
Recently I wrote a whole article on how to make any meat cut taste like a million bucks. Sometimes the best flavours are the result of how the meat has been prepared and not how much money you spend on a particular meat cut. Knowing the three methods of preparing meat. 1. Grilled, 2. Marinated and 3. Simmered will get the most of the cut of beef allowing you to pick the weekly meat sales yet serving up delicious meat the family will love.
Tip 9: Think beyond the meat counter.
Check the deli counter for less expensive deli meats instead of prepackaged meat. Generally each grocery store will have some kind of deli meat on special each week that they are trying to clear out. Just keep in mind this meat needs to be eaten quickly and can not be frozen or stored in the fridge for too many days. Also tuna might be on special, tuna is filled with a lot of nutrients and easy to stockpile. Tuna casserole or tuna sandwiches always make a easy and quick meal.
Tip 10: Graze, your own.
This is by far the best way to save money on meat however it is not practical for most people. If you are able to house chickens or have a little land grazing your own animals will save you money on meat! Just check your neighbours are okay with it if you live in town!