It’s something you can’t find coupons for (maybe once in a blue moon!), but something that most of use eat daily. Meat. Like the price of most foods, the price of meat has skyrocketed lately, and it’s getting harder and harder to find a good deal. Here are some easy ways that you can try and beat the supermarket prices and save money on meat.
Shop the Loss Leaders
The front page of the grocery store ad? That’s known as a loss leader. Those are the items that the grocery store actually loses money on in an effort to bring people in the doors. Often times meat and produce will be on the loss leader page so you will want to always check the front page of your weekly ad circular to check out the best deals.
Shop Early and Search
In the morning, meat departments will go through the meats on the shelf and mark down what is close dated. Usually the mark downs can be 30 to 50 percent off or more! Most supermarkets have a special section in their meat or produce area for these markdowns so make sure you find your at your local store! Shop these sections early in the morning, right after the mark downs happen to get the best selections.
Buy in Bulk
Consider buying meat in bulk from your local butcher shop or if a whole animal is too much for you, split it with a friend. You can also watch Craigslist and the local newspaper to find ranchers that are selling full animals to be butchered for a great price. We have been buying our beef in bulk for years, as I shared with you here.
This isn’t a discount deal but using less meat in your weekly meals will end up saving you money off your grocery bill in the long run. Consider having a “meatless Monday” each week or try some other foods that are high in protein to fill you up instead such as tofu, lentils, beans, etc.
Use Cheaper Cuts of Meat
Chicken legs and thighs are going to run you much less than chicken breasts. Ground beef will stretch your dollar further than a fancy steak. Just make sure when you buy cheaper cuts that you aren’t paying extra for the bones.
These are just a few of the many ways to save money on meat. Do you have a special way that you save on buying meat? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section of this post!