Here are eight suggestions from consumer expert Andrea Woroch for how to counter the rising price of meat the next time you go to the supermarket.
The pricetag of the 70%-80% lean meats may seem more appealing at first glance but the fat renders during cooking. So buying leaner meat will be the better deal for your wallet and your health.
Pre-made hamburger patties or meat that is already cubed may be more convenient, but it’s also more costly. If you cut it yourself or ask the butcher to do it for you you will see instant savings.
Buy in Bulk
If you have a big family or eat a lot of meat then buying in bulk is a great way to keep your food budget down.
Look for Markdowns
If you will be using the meat soon then you can often find great deals when you buy meat on clearance because it is nearing its expiration date. You can also often find great offers from Omaha Steaks, particularly if you go through FreeShipping.org.
Try ‘Meatless Monday’
Taking a night off from eating meat each week can be healthier and reduce your food budget for the week.
Know Your Labels
You will spend more when you buy meat that is organic, but be sure you understand the differences between meat that is organic, “natural” and “hormone-free.” They both have benefits but only meat that has a certified seal from the USDA can truly be called organic.
Rotisserie for Rush Meals
If you don’t have time to cook every night, don’t replace the home cooked meal with fast food, choose a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from places such as Costco instead. Plus you’ll save by having leftovers for lunch as well.
Add Healthy Fillers
If you use some healthy fillers such as oatmeal and bread crumbs you can save money because won’t need to purchase as much meat.
With corn prices on the rise and 40% of U.S.-grown corn is used for animal feed, consumers will see the cost of meat jump up as well.