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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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Saving on Meat & Produce

on 1.17.2018 at 6:20pm

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A common coupon myth is that you can only save money on processed foods and not on the healthy things you want to feed your family.  While it’s true that a lot of coupons are for packaged items, there are still tons of ways to save on produce and other fresh foods.

Everything in a store goes on sale at some point – even vegetables! While you might not find BOGO swiss chard, you will find it on sale in the winter with most of the other greens.

How to Save on Produce

  • Buy in season
  • Shop local
  • -Farmer’s Markets (get a detailed local price report here)
  • -Community supported agriculture farms (CSA)
  • -Food Co-Ops
  • Stock up & freeze extras (or opt for frozen/canned when appropriate)
  • Use overage from other items and take advantage of any coupons you do find
  • Ask for rainchecks
  • Consider growing your own herbs and simple veggies

Check out this video for more tips to save on produce.

Besides saving on produce, I often get asked how to save on meat. It can be a big expense, but there are some great ways to save. One option is to buy in bulk. Zaycon is a great company that sells meat in 40 lb cases for less than you’d ever see in the grocery store.

You can also contact a butcher to buy a whole animal. They will often sell you meat for a lot less since you are buying directly. Keep in mind that you will be getting a lot of meat at once when you do this. Whenever you buy in bulk, you can then freeze the meat and be well stocked, or go in with a friend and split it.

An additional option is to eat less meat. Try to use more vegetables, beans, and grains instead of meat a couple days a week. You’ll really see a difference in your grocery bill.

10 Ways to Save on Meat

  1. Buy in bulk – team up with friends and buy part of a cow from a local farm
  2. Here are some detailed tips about buying a cow
  3. Buy cheaper cuts of meat – use different cooking techniques to make cheap cuts taste great
  4. Buy big packages that are on sale – separate and freeze in desired serving sizes
  5. Buy big cuts of meat – cut them up into smaller portions/steaks
  6. Don’t throw out the bones – use them to make homemade broth
  7. Stock up when something goes on sale – freeze in desired serving sizes
  8. Buy frozen – it is often cheaper than fresh
  9. Buy meat directly from processing plant – if they sell to the public
  10. Stretch your meat – use smaller portions and add more veggies
  11. Avoid boneless, skinless chicken breast – this is the most expensive cut

Check out my video on how to save on meat for more information.

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    • Joan B. in S. C.

      Thanks for the link about the cooking techniques for the cheaper cuts of beef. I know thighs are the cheapest for chicken, but what about pork? What’s the cheapest cut to approximate center cut, bone-in pork chops? Is it something I need to get and have the butcher cut into chops?

    • mommalana

      You will always save on produce at Aldi. Find one with good produce and your grocery budget will be slashed.

    • Dereck

      Cheapest way to get meat and produce? Buy it when it is on a good sale. This is cheaper than going to farmers markets, buying in bulk, doing the Zaycon thing, and other less convenient methods.
      Examples: Onions are $0.33/lb and blackberries are $.77/box at the Sprouts in my area.
      Recently Aldi was selling 3lb bags of apples for $1.59 and a 3 pack of bell peppers for $.99.
      Boston Pork Butts (a great and versatile cut) are $0.99/lb at Kroger.
      A few weeks ago, pork loins were $.99/lb at Kroger and hams were $.79/lb.
      Just keep an eye out.
      Boneless skinless chicken breasts can regularly be found on sale for between $1.49 and $1.79 per pound. That’s the same price as Zaycon and you don’t have to find a distribution point and buy in massive lots.
      Sales on ground beef in the $1.79 to $1.99 per pound rage are common and a couple times a year it can get as low as $1.49/lb.
      The moral of the story is: Keep an eye on the local weekly ads. The sales and promotions can be cheaper than many of the more extravagant purchasing methods.

    • Dereck

      Boneless skinless chicken breasts are not that expensive. They are often on sale between $1.49 and $1.79 at local grocery stores. And while that is more expensive that chicken leg quarters, there are a few things to keep in mind.
      1) How much of a chicken leg quarter is waste? when you compare the edible meat per pound price, the difference between them and chicken breasts shrink.
      2) Time. How much is your time worth? Working with boneless chicken breasts takes much less time than the alternative. Is that $.30/ lb difference worth the extra hour in the kitchen?
      3) Versatility. There are so many different thing you can do with boneless skinless chicken breasts and work really well in dishes that stretch the meat farther. Indian Curries and Thai dishes commonly feature chicken because it is cheap easy and absorbs the flavors around it.
      If you are just cooking and serving the chicken pieces whole, leg quarters are the way to go. If you are using chicken in some sort of dish or don’t have a ton of time, the moderately more expensive option is definitely worth it.