Thrifty Meat Buying

Posted on February 1st, 2012 by Discount Debbie

By far the most expensive item on our shopping list is meat. If you don’t eat meat, there is one way to save money, but for the rest of us, our grocery bill can get pretty costly especially if you buy natural or organic meats. Here are some tips for saving money when you buy meat.

1. Check out clearance.

There is still a lot of life left in clearance meat. And a lot of times, the cost is cut down by 75% or more! Even if you don’t need it anytime soon, meat freezes wonderfully!

2. Buy bulk and freeze.

This is especially good for hamburger meat. You can save anywhere from $.10-$.50 a pound off. Just make sure you remember to divide it out and freeze it when you get home from the store.

3. Buy local beef.

This is what my family does and we save a TON of money. We get approximately 115 pounds of beef for $2.50 a pound. That’s a pretty good price for ground beef, but that’s for ribeye steaks as well! The meat is WAY better than anything you can find in the local grocery store and it’s free of any hormones or fillers. We know exactly what we are getting when we buy our cow. Sometimes we even know the pasture they were grazing in.

4. Look for coupons.

I see coupons from the store on meat ALL THE TIME. I especially see them at Kroger, Smiths and Albertsons.

5. Take advantage of BOGO at Albertsons.

They have this sale often and it’s a wonderful time to stock up! I’ve done the price comparison and even though Albertsons meat may be more expensive than some stores for individual items, when you take advantage of BOGO, they can’t be beat!

6. Bulk up your ground beef.

Oatmeal and breadcrumbs are a great way to bulk up things like ground beef and it’s healthy for you. If you grind up oatmeal really fine, you can’t even tell it’s in there.



  1. Darlene Arnold February 1, 2012

    I like this article, especially the part about bulking up your ground beef. Never thought about doing that.

  2. Allison Lancaster February 1, 2012

    I like these tips, especially buying in bulk and adding oatmeal and breadcrumbs to ground beef to make it go further, never thought of doing that!

  3. JD Blosser February 6, 2012

    Nice article, I wish local meat was cheaper around here, always seems a great deal more then the store unless yu buy in serious bulk.

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