Frugal Meat Tips
Buy meat in bulk at a store like Costco, and then separate it and freeze it.
Make friends with the butchers in stores where you buy your meat. Most
people are social, and do not mind being interrupted from their work to answer a
few questions. Let them help you make decisions, such as which cuts of meat make
the best pot roast; or what is the least expensive cut of meat that you can use
for pot roast. You might also ask for tips on how to tenderize inexpensive cuts
of meat. Sometimes the best questions are broad, such as "What are the best buys
today, or what do you recommend?"
If you eat a lot of meat, consider purchasing a meat grinder. You can
buy chuck roasts on sale, and grind them into hamburger.
Nothing burns up your food budget more than meat. You can do a lot of little
things, like extending your hamburger with rice or bread crumbs, but it is still
expensive. Try and have a meatless meal at least a few times a week. When you do
buy meat, go to a warehouse type store (like Costco) and buy it in bulk. Bring
it home and split up the large packages. Not only does it cost less that way, it
is usually better quality meat.
Save money buying cheaper cuts of meat and cooking them faster with a pressure
Buy meat that is marked down, but be sure and use
it right away.
Meat is sold by weight. Don't pay for a
lot of bones, unless you are planning on making soup stock from them.