Learn to spend less cash when buying beef, pork, chicken or fish at the grocery store with our money-saving tips.
Don’t you just love discovering a bargain in the grocery store meat aisle (chicken quarters for 60 cents a pound!)? Why let the savings stop there? Find out how to uncover such markdowns more often and stretch servings of beef, pork, chicken and fish across several meals.
Browse store circulars for meat specials (they are usually advertised on the front and back pages). You should be able to
find many types of meat priced at $1 a pound or less, depending on how they’re prepared (bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
usually cost less than boneless and skinless, for example). Buy as much as you can fit in your freezer. And take advantage
of pre- and post- holiday price cuts― for example, ham at Easter and hot dogs around the Fourth of July.
Try this All You recipe: White Bean and Chicken Chili (pictured)
Use only a half-pound of meat in recipes instead of a pound. Mix in beans, oatmeal or rice to round out burgers or meatloaf.
Not only is this cost-effective but it also adds nutrients and fiber to your meal, and no one will know the difference.
Try this All You recipe: Mini Meat Loaves
Make meat an accent ingredient instead of the focus of the meal. Stir in a few strips of chicken with veggies and pasta, or
top a salad with steak slices. And dice up meat― for example, cut ham into cubes and put it in carbonara sauce or pasta salad
instead of serving one big slice to each person. You’ll still taste the meat, but you’ll use far less.
Try this All You recipe: Steak salad (pictured)
Ask your butcher to shave, not slice, deli meat. Shaved pieces are thinner, so you can stack them on a sandwich but use less
meat. Pile on the lettuce, tomato and condiments to make the meal hearty.
Try this All You recipe: Pressed Mediterranean Sandwiches (pictured)
Buy smoked-salmon trim (the odds and ends left over from slicing) instead of regular smoked salmon. It’s just as good and
is often less than half the price.
Try this All You recipe: Potato Nests with Sour Cream and Smoked Salmon (pictured)
Find good deals on big bags of frozen seafood, such as shrimp, scallops and calamari, at warehouse stores (about $3.50 a pound
for bay scallops, for example, as opposed to about $9 at a grocery store). Prefer your seafood already thawed? Check your
local Costco; some locations sell it in bulk every other weekend.
Try this All You recipe: Shrimp Scampi over Whole-Wheat Spaghetti (pictured)
You can often get a bargain on two packs of canned clams at warehouse stores (mix clams with tomato puree to make a savory
pasta sauce). Canned salmon is also low-cost and versatile― and it’s a good way to afford wild salmon, which is more healthful
than farmed but pricey in fillets.
Try this All You recipe: Linguine with Red Clam Sauce (pictured)