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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • 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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