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How to Save Money on Meat

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Buy Meat When It Is on Sale

  • Buy meat when it's on sale.
  • Buy in bulk.
  • Choose the right cuts of meat, and then cook more than you need so you can eat leftovers later in the week or freeze them for later use.

buy the right cuts of meat.

  • Buy the right cuts of meat.

A single pound of steak can cost you $10 or more at a grocery store, but if you buy it on sale and freeze it, your per-pound cost will be much lower—even if the cut is not particularly lean or tender. Also consider that many meat dishes are not made with whole pieces of meat anyway; they're composed of smaller bits and parts, which saves money and time because cooking is faster and easier. This goes double for foods like burgers: ground beef costs less than any other cut, but because it's so much easier to cook (and there's no waste), it might be your best option for saving money on protein.

buy meat in bulk.

Buying meat in bulk is a great way to save money on your weekly grocery bill. Even better, buying meat in bulk has many benefits for the environment and for your health.

  • Buy large quantities of meat at once. There are several ways you can do this:

• Buy from a local farmer's market or butcher shop that sells by the pound.

• Find out if any nearby restaurants will sell you their leftover cuts at cost (you'd be shocked how much cheaper this can be than buying packaged meats).

• Join a community-supported agriculture co-op (CSA), which will deliver fresh cuts of meat directly to your door every week (or even every other week). The best part? You don't have to cook it right away—the vegetables will keep longer than the meat!

cook more meat at once and store leftovers.

It may be hard to believe, but cooking more meat at once can save you money. The main reason for this is that it's much less likely that you'll run out of food in the fridge if you've got a big batch ready to go. This will also make it easier for leftovers from one meal to become part of another—it's easy enough to thaw some steak and add it into a burrito or taco salad.

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You can also freeze leftover meat, which means that when there's nothing else in the house for dinner and all your friends are hungry (that happens?), a quick stop by the freezer will get you through until payday without breaking the bank on takeout or pizza delivery fees. Meat freezes well—there's no need to cook it first—and thaws quickly as long as it doesn't sit around too long before being used again

freeze your meat

If you don’t have the time or ability to make a meal with fresh meat, consider freezing it instead. This is a great way to buy in bulk and save money on groceries in the long run. It can also help prevent food waste from spoiled produce, since frozen foods last longer than fresh ones. Here's how:

  • Freeze meat immediately after purchasing it (this will prevent freezer burn). If possible, freeze individual steaks or chops flat on trays at 0 degrees Fahrenheit for about one hour so that they're easier to cut into without crumbling later. After this initial freezing period, package them individually in plastic wrap; label each item with its name and date; then store them in an airtight container until ready for use (or cook immediately). Ground meats can be frozen whole; poultry should be portioned into parts prior to freezing if desired.
  • When thawing any kind of frozen meat product (even those labeled pre-cooked), it's best not to thaw overnight inside your refrigerator because bacteria growth could occur during this process—it's safest just outside your fridge instead! Also remember that while most raw meats take 24 hours or less when thawed via room temperature methods such as countertop space or microwave ovens (which should be avoided unless otherwise specified by recipe developers), some cuts may need more time according to their thickness as well as whether they're pre-marinated before cooking—check out this chart for more specifics about which cuts are best suited for these types of preparations!

there are ways to save money on meat

If you're looking to save money while eating meat, there are a few things you can do. First and foremost, buy it when it's on sale. Meat tends to be cheaper at the end of the week than during the middle of the week, so if you have time to plan ahead and shop on your weekly day off from work or school, that may be your best bet.

Secondly, buy the right kind of cuts and types of meat—for example: chicken breasts are often expensive because they're meant for white-tablecloth restaurants (think $30 entrees). But chicken thighs—which take longer to cook but also taste better with marinades—are usually much more affordable.

Thirdly keep in mind that by cooking more at once and storing leftovers properly (see below) you'll be able to cut down on how much boxed or bagged food ends up in your trashcan each week! Lastly...freezing works wonders too! Every year we send three months worth back east with family so they'll always have fresh steaks available."


In conclusion, there are many ways that you can save money on meat and still have a delicious dish. The most important thing to remember is that it's not just about being frugal, but also about eating well. Meat is an excellent source of protein and vitamins, so don't be afraid to incorporate it into your diet!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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