Couponing 101: Top 5 Ways to Save Money on Meat
Top 5 Ways to Save on Meat
1. Dock Sales & Specialty Meat Stores: In the Owasso area (for Oklahoma residents), National Steak and Poultry has a great dock sale once a month. You can purchase restaurant meat at discount prices in bulk. It's worth the drive to check out. If you do not live in this area, visit or call local specialty meat shops. There is one right by my house, they offer discount bulk packs. For $54 I purchased a case of hot dogs, pork chops, hamburger and chicken. It was a great buy and it was local!
2. Shop by the Sell By Date: If you stroll by the meat section in your local Walmart store, you'll notice a sell by date on every package. Walmart, in particular, is great about clearancing out this meat 1-2 days before the sell by date. Don't worry, it is not an expiration date, it only means new meat is coming and they need to get that meat off the shelves. In the picture above, the coupon attached to the meat was from Target, this is there way of indicating they need to clear the shelves because the sell by date is for the 18th (today) and that made this meat nearly half price!
3. Sam's Club Clearance: Sam's will actually operate by the same sell by date method as Walmart above, however, Sam's will also clearance out their fresh meat in the mornings. They try to get rid of the meat they cut the day before and will put it out the second the store opens in the AM, that's the best time to stop by Sam's. I've picked up large packages of chicken and ground beef cheaper than I would have bought it anywhere else. Plus, it is conveniently in bulk packaging. Keep in mind, you can also ask them to cut it up in smaller amounts for you too so you get the most for your money.
4. Use coupons: Yep, coupons do exist for meat just as much as they exist for other products. Visit the actual manufacturer site for the meat you like such as GoldnPlump.com. Also, Target is known for putting wonderful store coupons on their website Supertarget.com and also on the products themselves (see picture) so keep your eyes peeled the next time you're in the store.
5. Buy the Whole Cow: Go in with friends and/or family and purchase an entire cow. Typically they can run around $900-$1,000 depending on weight and other factors. However, you can split it that up with other family and friends to lower your costs. You may want to talk about the meat cuts you're looking for ahead of time though so you don't end up with just a bunch of roasts. There are many advantages of this, one is that you'll be purchasing local, which I love. The other is the savings but this all depends on the farm you use. Also, keep in mind we're talking about quite a bit of meat here so you'll need a freezer to store it.
Just google local meat farms in your area to locate exactly what you're looking for. Moo.
Well, there you have it. It is possible to save money on meat. Just remember, when you get that price down low, stock up on it so you'll have it to use later as well. Enjoy!