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How to Cut Expenses on Pricey Grocery Store Meats

The price of meat is going up across the board. Whether you prefer beef, chicken, or pork, you may be surprise how much it is costing you at the grocery store. The good news is that you can afford quality meats without having to blow your budget. It takes some planning, but there are ways to eat meat on the cheap.

Here are 7 ways to get your grocery meats and still save:

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    How to Cut Expenses on Pricey Grocery Store Meats

    Click through for 5 ways to get your grocery meats and still save...

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  • Stay Connected with Your Grocer 2 of 8
    How to Cut Expenses on Pricey Grocery Store Meats

    If your grocery store has a Facebook page, follow it. At the very least you should get a weekly flier so you know when special sales are coming up. Some grocery stores are implementing special days of the week sales specifically on meat, so check with your local stores to see who has sales and when so you can shop accordingly.

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  • Go For Clearance 3 of 8
    How to Cut Expenses on Pricey Grocery Store Meats

    I know the idea of "clearance meat" gives some people the willies, but don't avoid the clearance meats in the case. You can find some really great deals on quality meat that are close to their ‘sell by' dates. As long as you can use the meat you purchased for that evening's meal or can freeze it as soon as you get home, you can reap some really great savings. 

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  • Bulk It Up 4 of 8
    How to Cut Expenses on Pricey Grocery Store Meats

    Calculate the cost for the family packs of meat rather than the smaller portions. You may actually be saving more money by buying larger quantities as long as you can afford the family pack prices. You want to compare the price per pound to see if this purchasing method will save you money. Be sure to freeze the extra portions in a timely manner so it doesn't go to waste.

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  • One Item, Multiple Ideas 5 of 8
    How to Cut Expenses on Pricey Grocery Store Meats

    Rather than buy just the chicken breasts for your dinner, buy the whole chicken and find recipes for the remaining meat. An entire chicken will go a lot further and cost you a lot less than buying part-specific meat.

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  • Split a Whole 6 of 8
    How to Cut Expenses on Pricey Grocery Store Meats

    If you live in or near a rural area, find out about investing in an entire cow or pig. You may want to even split the costs with a friend or family member as it can be a costly upfront, but very cost efficient in the long run. But going straight to the farm, you'll get all the meat you could eat for six months or a year butchered to your specifications. If you are not sure how to go about finding meat this way, contact the local butcher for information.

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  • Skip Meat All Together 7 of 8
    Skip Meat All Together

    Pick at least one night a week where you do a vegetarian meal. You'll branch out of your usual recipes, avoid the cost of meat, and even help the environment in the process.  

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  • Go for Left Over-Friendly Recipes 8 of 8
    Go for Left-Over Friendly Recipes

    By opting to make left-overs you'll maximize your incoming meat supply by getting 2 meals instead of just one. 

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