Meat is the one thing that most families struggle in finding deals. But have you read my post on the 7 ways to saving money on meat? Oh and did you know that you can actually find coupon for meat? Today I wanted to share with you the easiest way to save money on meat – figure out your stock up price.
You are never going to find meat for free! Well… never say never. 😉 You will find the rare occasion when you will get breakfast sausage or the Italian sausage for free (or almost free) when a coupon is paired with an awesome sale. However, we can’t live on sausage alone (even though my boys think we can!).
Seriously though, the easiest way to save on meat is to find out what your stock up price is.
Easiest way to save money on meat:
Step 1 – Find the highest price you will pay.
This week, we are going to talk about the “highest” price you will pay for a certain kind of meat. We are doing that so then we can figure out your stock up price. In order to do that, you need to know what the best price is on any given day… no sales included.
Carrie, you are not making any sense!
Let’s use CHICKEN as one of my personal examples…
I am a tad picky about my chicken… it must be boneless, skinless chicken breasts and I prefer them frozen individually. (don’t judge me! ) However, just because I am picky doesn’t mean that I can’t save money. Sure… I can probably get the bone-in chicken cheaper. When I get an AMAZING deal on it, I’ll buy it, but for the most part… I stick with my beloved boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Each time I went to a store, I walked by the frozen chicken breasts and wrote down the price per pound. I didn’t go to every store in one day… I just took note of the prices while I was doing my regular shopping trips each week.
I found that (excluding hot sales) the lowest price for the boneless skinless chicken breasts is at Sam’s. I can get the 6 pound bag of Member’s Mark Boneless skinless chicken breasts for only $10.98. That comes to just $1.83 per pound (sometimes it is $1.99 per lb).
I don’t have to wait for a sale for that price. Everywhere else, chicken was more than $2 per pound without a sale. If I need chicken, the Sam’s is the best place for me. Where do I buy most of my chicken? Sam’s (unless there is an awesome sale at another store)
The highest price I will pay for chicken is $1.99 per pound.
Because I found out what I can pay on a regular basis, I now know the highest price I should pay for chicken is $1.83 to $1.99.
When I see that there is a sale at the local grocery store on chicken for $1.49 a pound. Since it is below my target price, I know that price is a stock up price. If I can… I stock up!
Step 2 – Write your prices down for each type of meat.
Now, that you understand the process, you have to do this for each type of meat that you buy on a regular basis. To save money, you don’t have to be without your most favorite type of meat… it just means that you have to be smart about what you are buying and when you are buying it.
Here are a few of the target prices for me:
- Ground Turkey – $1.59 per pound
- Ground Beef (lean) – $2.80 to $3 per pound
- Pork – $2.50 per pound
- Boneless skinless chicken breast – $1.83 to $1.99 per pound.
Those are not my stock up prices. Those are my normal every day prices. Now I know that if there is a sale less than those prices, I should stock up!
Step 3 – Stock up at Low prices
Now the trick to save is to actually use this knowledge. Once you know what the most you should pay for, you can start stocking up on meat when it is lower than that. So if your local store has a sale, and you see that ground beef is cheaper than your stock up price – you might buy an entire month’s worth of beef.
Ok… I told you this was easy – super easy. If you follow these simple steps you too will be able to save money… without even clipping a coupon! Now don’t you agree that this is the easiest way to save money on meat?
Now it is your turn to head to the stores to find the regular to prices you are willing to pay.