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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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I get asked a lot if my family buys meat.  I guess it is assumed to have a budget of $50 per week for all expenses that we must vegetarians. We are not! Though you will rarely find coupons for meat there are ways to cut your costs. Since most of these tips are about stocking up, most meats can be stored frozen for 3-4 months (longer than that starts to distorts taste and texture).

8 Tips for Saving on Meat

1.  The best tip to save on meat is following our guidelines for groceries.  Wait for sales and stock up.  Once you are stocked, continue to watch sales and break up your meat purchases so that you are buying chicken one week, beef another week etc.. You don’t want to ruin your budget with a week of just meat purchases.

2.  Find when your store does meat markdowns.  The meat is still fine to eat or freeze, it just needs to be stored that day.  The Kroger in my area does this every Monday morning.  This is when I buy steaks.  I can usually get 50-75% off high dollar cuts of steak.  If it is a good markdown then stock up on as many as they have or as many as you need.

3.  Buy a Cow.  Not kidding, really.  Go in with 4 or more other friends and contact a local farm to see if they sell cows to individual groups.  You will pay a per pound rate for the cow and will pay a butchering cost.  Tell the butcher exactly what you are wanting, mostly ground beef, ground beef and steaks, roasts etc.  Then split it all up.  You will end up with probably around 80-90 pounds of beef per family.  The savings ads up when you realize that for expensive cuts you paid the same per pound rate as your ground beef. A group at our church does this every year.  Last year we paid $2.66 per pound and that included roasts, ground beef, and steaks.

4.  Be your own butcher (not for #3).  If you are willing to spend a little time with your meat you can save $2 per pound or more.

  • Buy a pork tenderloin and make your own boneless pork chops. A tenderloin sale price is $1.99, boneless pork chops sale price is $3.99. (Most grocers will do this for you for free if you ask.)
  • Remove the breast bone yourself from split chicken breasts.  Boneless chicken breasts on sale are $1.99 lb, split breasts are 99¢ lb.
  • If you are cooking steak for a few people, buy a London Broil and then cut it into thinly sliced strips. You will feed twice as many people than serving individual steaks.

5.  If you are making casseroles or other meals with cut up meat use the cheapest form of that meat. No one will know you used chicken leg meat in your chicken casserole, or that you cut up a cube steak to make fajitas or stir fry.

6.  Use leftover meat to make another meal.  Christy at Southern Plate used 1 ham to make 4 different meals.  Don’t want to eat ham 4 nights in row?  You don’t have to.  Make the casserole and freeze it to eat in a week or two, soups can also be frozen.  The point is don’t cook the ham and just throw away the rest.

7.  Use other purchases as “coupons” off your meat.  If you see an item on the grocery deals list for that week that is a “FREE plus overage” item, you need to buy it. Buy as many as you have coupons for.  If you can make $1 to buy Revlon tweezers, that is really $1 off your meat, milk, and other non coupon purchases.  If you buy 10 Revlon tweezers that is $10 off your meat.  Keep the tweezers you want and donate the others to shelters, or women’s ministries.  I love my tweezer savings!

8. Buy meat in bulk. When there is a great deal grab what you want and freeze the rest. Ordering meat online from Zaycon.com is a great way to get super great prices on bulk meat as well. You can always go in with some friends or stock up your deep freezer when you see great prices. Zaycon also regularly has coupon codes and deals going on, but even their regular prices are great! They don’t deliver right to your door but you can find a location near you where you can pick up you order.

For more tips read other Extreme Couponer 101 Column posts.

    • Brandi

      Thanks for the tips! I got twice a week to my local store to get reduced meat and save a fortune! I also use coupons like Hormels $1 off any Hormel always tender products. My store doubles them and I can get pork loin, pork chops and even pork roast for as low as $2.99 a package. Tyson and Pilgrims Pride also have $1 off any chicken product so I ait ad buy whatever chicken product is on sale that week. I found a tearpad yesterday at the store that has $1 off Coke 2-liter if you buy $4 worth of produce or meat! Grabbed a whole handful of those!

    • Carrie

      Where did you find that tear pad with the coupon?

    • Teri

      Jenny, I have a coupon question. I’m fairly new at this and have had trouble with the store occasionally saying that the coupon must match the item exactly (for example Banana Nut Cheerios coupon must be for Banana Nut Cheeios only, no other flavor)or that they can’t take a coupon that is for more than the item is worth. It throws my “whole scheme” off when that happens. Don’t you have that happen to you? How do you handle that? Thanks for your advice.

      **Jenny Here**
      Terri – I try to only use a coupon for what the words state on it, even if the coupon will work on something else. I do this for a few reasons but mostly because I don’t want the cashiers at my store to realize that they need to overly analyze all of my coupons. If a coupon is for any cereal though and one is pictured and they want me to buy that one just because it is in the picture I am quick to point out that it states it can be used for any. There is one product that I will use a coupon for that is really for a different item and that is a Pillsbury sweetrolls coupon that works on any pillsbury item so I biscuits. I have never had a problem probably because a canned roll looks like a canned roll and they don’t notice or care. Sorry I don’t have any advice to help.

    • Excellent post – thank you.

    • Keri

      Very good advise! Love your site, you have helped so many people save. I think you do a GREAT job!

    • Melissa

      Another great meat saving tip is checking prices at the local meat market. You can purchase a huge family pack at a very reasonable price. These packages consist of a variety of meats. Also, my town has a Tyson’s chicken plant. They have a store that is open certain days of the week and sell for WAY under the cost at the grocery store.

    • Joy

      Great tips, Thanks! The only one I might think twice about is the chicken breast issue. I’ve done that before and weighed it before and after cutting it off the bone. It lost HALF the weight! So, in my experience, boneless skinless chicken breast at $1.99/lb. might be the same as bone in chicken breast at .99/lb.

    • Teresa

      I have been asked to teach a class on couponing and am planning on referring to your site a lot. Do you have any suggestions or tips on how to teach such a class? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

      Teresa

    • Krista

      wow—50.00 bucks a week….is this for everything cvs, walgreens, rite-aid, grocery — all purchases that week?

    • Julieann

      Thanks for the tips!

    • Jenny

      It is $50 for anything purchased in a store for that week. (Well I give my husband some wiggle money for his random things, he doesn’t get it and will run to CVS at lunch to buy a snack). But I do all of the real shopping and that covers all food, diapers, cleaning supplies, paper goods etc.

    • Jenny,

      I hope you realize by now how much I like your site and how much I appreciate all of your work — especially these extreme couponer posts. I have a request for a future one — if you can. :) I live in an area where I have Food Lion, Wags, CVS, and Piggly Wiggly. A Super Walmart will be opening in a few months, probably. My request is if you could do a post when you live in a location that just does not have places like Kroger or Publix available, what do you do? I don’t want to sit around and say, “Woe is me,” yet I just cannot score the great deals that many others do. There are 8 of us, and my husband was just laid off. I have been “doing the coupon thing” for almost a year now and have of course gotten better as time goes by, but I need any tips you could provide. Another challenge is that my CVS and Wags often don’t have the items like other places do and my Wags is pretty bad about the coupons — I don’t even try some deals because I know they won’t go for it. I can finally now use two IP coupons again per transaction because they have a new manager. Anyway, enough whining… any suggestions? You are awesome!

    • Joy

      thanks again for all your great tips I have seen tons of savings for myself. Although I have always used coupons but not to the extent that I do know. My question is..what is your storage method for coupons? Do you keep the entire thing and clip them just as you need them? how do you store them? and do you carry it to the store just incase you forgot to put something on your list.

      My big savings for meat is hunting my hubs is a big hunter and all the red meat we eat is venison. We found a great butcher and they do it very cheap. We get burger, steaks, & roasts and I use it for everything.

    • Shannon

      Delores,
      You may want to check and see if your Piggly Wiggly doubles. The Pig is a store by store thing, but there are some that doubles. Even if they don’t advertise it.

    • Betsy

      I wanted to add a comment on saving for meat. I discovered awhile back that there are tubes of ground turkey in the freezer section at Publix. It is 1 lb of Louis Rich turkey and at my Publix they are priced 2 for $3.00 and that is not even on sale. You can’t get a lb of ground beef or turkey from the meat section of the store for anywhere close to that! And it’s even healthier than most ground meat! Hope that helps.