Note from Laurie ~ we’ve never been able to purchase meat in bulk because of limited freezer space, but I love Shannon’s tips and am hoping we can find someone here in Ohio who sells meat this way! Would love to hear what you think too . . .
Okie dokie folks, I’m going to share something about me that not many people know. I think I’m a closet-wannabe-vegetarian! I really don’t love meat (other than steak.) But my family loves (*loves*) meat! They think bacon is the best thing (yikes! can you see the heart blockage now?), and they love steak too. But finding deals on meat is hard, so here’s what we do.
About 3 years ago while having a budget discussion with the husband I realized that I couldn’t keep my grocery budget at its current amount and buy very much meat. So, I asked around about buying meat from someone and found a couple from our church sells grass-fed beef. Since then we’ve bought 1/6 of a cow, which lasts us about 9 months. It comes out to about $4.99-$5.49 per lb, which usually includes enough for:
- 2-3 roasts
- 15 lbs. of assorted steaks
- 30-35 lbs. of ground beef
- a couple other cuts of meat
When we eat the steaks I always tell my kids to feel really blessed because it is a luxury that we enjoy eating like that. If you’re planning to buy a part of a cow it definitely helps to have an extra freezer because it definitely takes up some extra space ~ we have an extra fridge and my mother-in-law is sweet enough to store some of our extra meat in her deep freezer. (She’s pretty awesome.)
For us, we’ve found that grass-fed meat is a wonderful option ~ it tastes better and smells better when making it, and is much less greasy. I still do occasionally buy meat from the store though, and we pick up chicken at Target on clearance or when Kroger has their BOGO boneless skinless chicken breast sale.
I know that paying a few hundred dollars up front to stock up on meat may not work for everyone ~ but you can still save on meat at your local grocery store! Visit Target and see when most of the “sell-buy” dates end. Then make another a trip a day or two ahead of that, and most likely you’ll find peelies for that meat (which you can take home and freeze.)