I like meat just as much as the next person, but I’m not about to spend $6/pound for a cut of steak. Here’s a couple tricks I’ve learned over the years for ways to save money on meat.
How to Save Money on Meat
1) Buy in bulk from a meat store.
Often times you can purchase half a pig, half a cow, etc. and get the meat super cheap. Where I like to get my meat, they have a meat pack that is $100. It is 45 pounds of meat. Included is bacon, steak, hamburger, pork, chicken, etc. It’s a very nice, well rounded meat pack. This is what saves me the most, but the downside is you have to have a freezer to store it. Alternatively, you can go in on the meat pack with a friend.
2) Albertson’s meat department sales.
Most Albertson’s have a fresh meat department, and what they don’t sell that day, they package up and put on the store shelves, and price it. Now, some stores, at the same time they price it, they also discount it to $1.99/lb. It goes really fast, so you’ll want to be sure and check what time of day they do this. In the town nearest to me, they do this at 6pm every day. Sometimes, they have only 5 pounds left over, sometimes they have 20 pounds. A few trips to the store for a few days at the specified time will score you a months’ worth of meat at a fraction of the price, and the freshness is amazing.
Every time I’m in an Albertson’s store, I check their meat, because I know most of the time, I find it for a really great deal. Albertson’s has other meats usually discounted too, even in the lunchables / pre-packaged meats section. Last time I went there, they had sausage links for $1.99 with $1.50 peelie coupons on them! Definitely a stock up price if there ever was! They put white peelie sticker coupons on the meats they want to get rid of quickly and the coupons need to be kept on packages and the checker takes off the coupon as she’s ringing you up. It is a fabulous way to save money on meat if you’re not looking to buy in bulk.
3) Online Subscription
Websites like Butcher Box and Azure Standard specialize in top high quality products! You can buy it in bulk and split it with a friend if you are sticking to a budget. Azure Standard are based on farmland in the Pacific Northwest and deliver all over the U.S. monthly. As well as meat, they have a large selection of produce, canned goods, dairy and more. As for Butcher Box, their meat is 100% grass-fed, certified humane and free from added antibiotics and hormones!
What have you found to be the best way to save money on meat?