Your grocery bill can get out of control, especially if you’re cooking for a family. This is especially true when it comes to spending money on meat for your family. Fortunately, saving even a little bit of money on meat is possible, which is only good news for your budget. Not sure how to save on meat? Check out these five frugal ways to save on meat.
Buy a Different Cut
If you want to save on meat, you might want to buy a different cut or size. For example, if you and the family really want to cook some steak on the grill, instead of going with a 3 inch thick steak, go with a thinner steak or a cheaper cut from a different part of the animal. Don’t forget to check the price per weight and make your decision that way rather than judging by the price of the package itself. This will save you money and you’ll hardly notice the difference if prepared with care!
Check Out the Butcher’s Specials
Depending on where you buy your meat, you can save money buying meat by shopping from the butcher’s specials. This is usually meat that is a little older but still safe and delicious to eat. When buying the butcher’s special, make sure you check the sell-by date. You’ll also want to check the colour and smell of the meat if possible. This lets you know if the discount is worth it.
Coupons are great for saving money on any grocery item, including meat! Any time you come across a coupon for saving money on your favourite meat, take advantage of it and head to the grocery store. Buy as much as you think you’ll eat over the next few days or weeks. Keep in mind that meat coupons are fairly rare in Canada but they do happen.
Freeze It & Stock up
If you’ve bought a lot of meat using coupons, the butcher’s special or even just on a great sale, you can deep freeze your extras in order to make it last. Although paying upfront for a few weeks’ worth of meat can be hard, in the end, you’ll have saved a ton of money. That said, meat often goes on sale in cycles so stock up when you see a good sale to tide you through the times your favourite cuts are regular price. Freezing your meat in portions also helps you eliminate waste, which saves you even more money.
Go with a Less Expensive Meat
Some meats tend to be more expensive than others. Because of this, you might want to go with a less expensive meat if you want to save cash. Chicken, especially drumsticks and thighs, tends to be cheaper than some other meat, which makes it a great alternative. You can also usually get pork chops at a decent price which makes that a great alternative as well.
Eat Less Meats
When it comes to protein animals aren’t the only source. Try substituting with tofu, nuts, eggs, and legumes even just one meal a week. Even mushrooms are a great way to get in some amazing, and surprisingly filling nutrition.
Buy Whole, Waste Less
Often whole animals are cheaper to buy than the butchered parts. Chicken is a great example of this. Butcher the meat yourself and use the bones to make an amazing broth for a meal of homemade soup.
What are your best frugal tips for saving on meat?
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Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!
Monday 9th of November 2020
There are also inexpensive meats that are of quality and thanks for sharing those tips.
Saturday 22nd of October 2016
I noticed one comment said that early in the morning is a good time to shop for meat as this is when older meat is put on sale. Thank you for this tip and I plan on trying it out. Once i was at my favorite store and they actually put t-bone steak on sale. I could hardly believe it. I bought as much as I could afford and put most of it in the freezer. Never happened since!
Tuesday 27th of September 2016
slow cooker recipes are great for those tougher cuts, hubby does most of the grocery shopping since according to him, he gets the best deals it's ok I hate grocery shopping
Thursday 18th of August 2016
I use some of your tips: like buying our favorite meats on sale(Most of the time)-I could do better on this one. I try to have one meatless meal a week as the main meal-good for the waistline and health as well. I do not shop at a butcher's yet. We do have such a store. I will check it out.
Saturday 25th of June 2016
I really appreciate your tips on easy ways to save money on meat. My tip is like yours-to buy meat when it is a good sale. I try to have a meatless meal at least once a week. I usually have French Toast(great with fresh crushed strawberries this time of year), or an omelet with homemade garlic bread. Just buy some garlic paste and mix with butter. Put on bread or hot dog buns (Halved). Put under broiler but not too close. Watch closely as it will char easily. Delicious.