Saving money on meat at the grocery store
Watch for Sales: Purchase meat when it goes on sale. Look at the weekly sale fliers to see which stores have the best prices.
Watch for markdowns: Stores markdown meat as it gets closer to the sell by date. Buy meat when it’s at a reduced price and either cook it by the suggested date or freeze for later use.
Stockpile: Purchase multiple packages of meat when you find a good deal. I love B1G1 sales or even better, B1G2 sales. Perdue tends to go through cycles when you can score great deals on chicken. Pick up 3 packages of chicken for $2-$3 per package instead of $6-$9.
Buy in Bulk: Don’t be afraid to purchase a family size package if it’s a great price per lb. Open the package and freeze in meal size portions. Recently, Harris Teeter had a family pack of bone-in chicken breast for around $3. I divided the package into 3 meals, averaging just over $1 per meal. You could also divide a 5 lb package of ground beef into five 1 lb packages if it’s a great price.
Prepare/Trim Meat Yourself: Avoid buying meat that has been butterflyed, pre-sliced, formed into patties or marinated. You can save by doing these simple tasks yourself.
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What are your tips for saving on meat and produce?