Stretching your Meat Budget

Stretching your Meat Budget

With the price of meat escalating, many people are finding it difficult to afford it. If you’re not ready to do away with meat altogether, you may be wondering how to save money on this food. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to save on your grocery bill without becoming a vegetarian.

Look for manager’s specials at your local supermarket. These are often packages of meat that need to be sold right away because it’s near the expiration date. Many chains mark their meat down only on certain days so you may need to visit your grocer on a regular basis in order to find out what this schedule is.

Consider mixing ground beef with fillers such as cracker or bread crumbs and milk or eggs.  You may be used to doing this when you make meatloaf or meatballs, but you can also use this mixture to make hamburger patties or Salisbury steak. If you don’t like the idea of using fillers, substitute some of the ground beef for ground turkey or chicken instead, as these meats are normally less expensive than beef is.

Use dark meat instead of white meat when making chicken casseroles. Dark meat pieces such as drumsticks and thighs are normally less expensive than breasts are.  Whenever chicken is on sale, pay attention to whether it is frozen or simply refrigerated meat. Frozen chicken pieces may cost less per pound, but this weight includes a great deal of ice and water. As a result, you could actually save more money in the long run if you buy chicken that isn’t frozen.