Nowadays, it can be a real challenge to save money at the supermarket. If, however, you know what to look for, you can save yourself tons of money. Meat is usually the highest priced item on the list of many. Just by taking the time to figure out what cuts of meat are best, you can save up to 50% off of your grocery bill.
First lets take a look at beef. Many choose to go for the USDA Prime cuts of beef. These are the best cuts but are also the most expensive cuts at the market. To save you money and still get the same great quality, you can try the choice cuts. You will find them a lot more affordable, and they usually have these items on sale. If you wait until these cuts of meat go on sale and then stock up, you will be able to save plenty.
Remember how good the meat tastes depends really on how you cook it. It may not be the best cuts of beef, but it can still taste like it. Another option is the boneless strip steaks. If you are not paying for the bone you will be saving money. Taking the time to marinate the meat will add lots of flavor to it, and keep it moist. Hanger steak is another option that is affordable and taste great. Many don’t choose this option because it is not one of the most talked about steak cuts. What many don’t realize is that it is cheaper and has great taste. If you don’t see it at the supermarket, or butcher stand, ask for it.
Try adding pork to your diet. Pork definitely costs less so you will be saving a lot of money. The key to cooking pork is to not overcook it. Try looking up different ways to cook pork. With pork it really does not matter which cut you pick. Boneless will offer you more meat for your money. When pork is on sale, buy a bunch of it and you will save yourself plenty of money.
When it comes to chicken, buy the whole thing instead of the parts. Just about everyone knows that you will pay a lot more for chicken parts than you will for the whole chicken. You will also get a lot more meat. When the chicken is on sale, purchase a few and freeze them. A whole chicken can last a family for an entire week, and the left over’s can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The options are endless with how to cook chicken, so be sure to add it to your list.
By shopping using some of the suggestions above, you will be able to cut a lot of money out of your budget. Do you have a few suggestions on how to save money on meat when shopping? Feel free to add them to the comments section below this article.