One of the most commonly asked question in our inbox, is how to save on meat with coupons. Well there are not a lot of meat coupons out there. This is a topic we have discussed before and there are lots of ways to save. A few examples are buying the promo meat of the week, saving on other products to allow more money in your budget for meat or buying wholesale.
But today I am going to show you how to instantly save $2.00 a lb on chicken.
Many of you saw my post earlier, where I purchased 10 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breast at Albertsons for $1.99 a lb. I was totally out of chicken so I thought I better stock up, yes not the lowest price I have ever seen. But anything under $2.00 a lb is a good price in my book.
Many of you know I am a farm girl, I have butchered cows and I am not afraid to get dirty. But what you may not know is raw chicken makes me want to gag (well lets be honest here, when I was pregnant I DID gag….. my whole body puts up a fight and I dry heave out of control…. go a head and laugh) All the extra little “giggly fat bits” just send me over the edge :).
So that being said what I “want” to purchase is the pretty looking hand trimmed breasts. But the price is not really thrifty, normally $3.99-$4.99/lb a good $2 or $3 more per pound. But since we can’t all have or afford the breast we want in life (oh dear that sounds so wrong…lol). I take home the ones that cost less but just do not look as pretty.
I then place the packages in the freezer for an hour. Just to get them good and cold, and form a little ice on them. This helps them not feel so slimy. I then cut all the extra fat off. With in a few seconds my “ugly $1.99 chicken breasts” have been magically transformed into the “perfect pretty $4.99 chicken breasts”. I then bag it, and keep it in my freezer till I am ready to use it to feed my family.
I weighed what I cut off the 10lbs and it was just under a pound.
So 9lbs of perfect chicken breast done at home cost me $19.90
If I would have bought 9 lbs of hand trimmed chicken breast from the store it would have cost me $35.91-$44.91
What a Mommy will do to save her family money….even if a little gagging is involved 🙂