With a few simple tips, you will be able to save a lot of money on meat each week. Very seldom do I spend full price when buying meat for my family. Once you know the tricks, you’ll be able to do the same!
If you’re not a couponer, you may feel as if you have no choice but to pay full retail price on meat because it’s a necessity for most families.
While there are certainly several money-saving alternatives to purchasing meat at the grocery store or purchasing straight from a farmer, sometimes it isn’t a practical option for one reason or another.
So I give you this tip that’ll help you save every day without taking extreme measures.
🥩 Savings Tips
Shop at night – Yup, it’s as simple as that. Many grocery stores discount their meat in the later hours of the evening to get their items out the door. Depending on your area and the store in which you shop, your deals on meat may range from so-so to buy-everything-you-can-carry.
Talk to the butcher – I ask my butcher if he has any deals or is getting ready to mark down any meat. It’s amazing how much this will help. My butcher always points me to the best deals. He even walked into the back to give me some strip steaks that he was going to mark down later in the day, but went ahead and marked down for me.
Don’t be picky – Looking for deals is one of those times when it doesn’t pay to be picky. I am driven more by the cost savings than I am for the cut of meat. For some reason, my local grocery store over-buys chicken quarters all the time, and then they mark them down. I usually steer towards the thighs or breasts, but when the quarters go on sale, I jump on it!
Ask – My husband looks at the “sell by” dates on the packages. If it is close, he will ask the butcher if they will mark it down. Nine times out of ten, they will gladly mark it down so they don’t have to worry about it later.
💰 How Much Can I Save?
My “buy price” for discounted meat is typically $1 off per pound.
Yours will be different depending on the cost of living in your area and whether your store marks down on a per lb, percentage, BOGO or straight dollar-off basis.
I’ve also been able to save handsomely on typically expensive seafood like salmon.
You’ll also likely find awesome deals on prepared meat like rotisserie chicken and fried chicken.
A friend has told me that the Kroger in her area marks down fried chicken to $1 to $2 for ten pieces. She can also purchase rotisserie chickens for $1.99 to $2.99! I so wish I had those stores in my area.
I checked Walmart because I know a lot of you guys shop there and found their rotisserie chickens marked down to $5.99 from $7.99. So it does depend on your store and location.
I’ve found the best deals after 8:00pm. This is especially true if you’re shopping at a store with a closing time rather than one that’s open 24/7.
🔍 Other Tips and Tricks
So, how do you save money on meat? Please share your tips in the comments below so we can all help each other!