I had a dilemma. Our grocery budget was stretched about as thin as I could make it while still eating healthy. I can get boneless skinless chicken breast for $1.99 pound but to be quite honest I cannot bring myself to do it anymore. I am fine if I am served it as a guest or if I eat at a restaurant but for our steady diet I just prefer to keep it as free of all the junk they feed and inject into chickens. However, have you seen the price of organic chicken breast? $5-$7 a pound is not happening on this girl’s budget. We’ve actually been skipping meat quite a bit because I think fresh fruits and veggies are top priority. Here is how I have been getting more meat in our diet at prices my budget can handle.
Saving on Quality Meat
- Choose a cheaper cut. I now buy chicken drumsticks. Trader Joe’s and Wegmans sell organic free range chicken drumsticks for $1.99 pound. At Wegmans you have to buy family packs but they are still only around $5 for 10 drumsticks.
- Trade meat out for beans or mix mushrooms or mashed black beans into your burger meat to stretch the pound into more. It actually makes a moister meatloaf or burger and adds nutritional value. You don’t have to tell the kids. Just chop it really fine.
- Buy frozen fish. Do this carefully. Those bulk ziploc bags sometimes have some weird ingredients. Carbon Monoxide anyone? And yes, I’m for real. Buy wild caught cryovac’ed fish. Whole Foods prices are actually really good.
- Buy fish on sale – if it is thawed ask if it was pre-frozen. If it is thawed already use it quickly. If it wasn’t pre-frozen and thawed, bulk up and freeze some.
- Find a farm that sends their beef/pork/chicken to a USDA processor and sells on their own. Grassfed meats can often be much cheaper this way.In the Philly area Philly Cowshare does the legwork for you and is a reasonable price.
- Watch lunch meats. That $8 pound roast really isn’t so expensive when you realize you are paying $8 a pound for deli roast beef.
What ways do you save on meat? Leave a comment and let us know.
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