How to save on meat

05/12/2011 2:56 pm · 19 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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 :)

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19 comments
Misty
Misty

I love your website. This post made me laugh out loud. I feel the exact same about Chicken. I always use kitchen scissors and plastic gloves. I can't touch any raw meat at all. When I was pregnant I couldn't even eat it after I prepared it.

liz
liz

I almost always see chicken legs and wings on sale but i really wonder how much i'm saving when more then half of the lb. price isn't edible. i mean between the skin, fat, and bone, how much meat am i really getting for the $0.99 a lb.? I always try to stock up on chicken breast because there is so much you can do with it but 1 lb of chicken breast seems to go a lot further than 3 lbs of legs. I wonder if its just my family's prefrence or not. what do you guys think?

Sarah
Sarah

One could go a step further. Today Yokes has split chicken breast on sale for $.99 a lb! Yes, I may have to skin it & de-fat it & de-bone it myself, but look at how much is saved! =D

Kathryn
Kathryn

Another good tip is to precut it as long as you are washing it and trimming it anyway. I always make several pound baggies to freeze of precut chicken cubes and longer pieces for chicken tenders when I buy chicken in bulk like that. Then, when I need cubed chicken for a recipe I just thaw a bag and dump it in. No need to touch it again and get my hands all gross. It only takes a few extra seconds to cut it into some smaller pieces. Also - I have found that Walmart has chicken on sale for around $1.77 a pound almost always in the bulk size packages, if you need to stock up.

Momma Bear
Momma Bear

Oh my thanks for the giggles. Yes it is safe to freeze fresh chicken. We raise chicken for meat and eggs. I like to freeze it before we eat it. Nothing compare to a homegrown chicken and eggs.

Becky R.
Becky R.

Wow... So I buy all my chicken thought Zaycon foods... they come into town a couple of time per year, and I get 80 lbs (yes, we have an extra freezer just to store our meat in)... It was $1.59 a lb... Yes, it's gross to stand there and cut up chicken for several hours (I also do a freezer meals group, PLUS buy for my mom and aunt-last time I got 5 cases at 40 lbs each!) but it is SO YUMMY! You can get on their email list by going to zayconfoods.com, my referral name is BeckyRuths PLUS, they are offering Beef right now, 93/7... SO YUMMY, and almost NO fat!!

Nicole Shelledy
Nicole Shelledy

Do you ever see beer rebates at your local stores? They often offer a rebate for purchases of meet/poultry/chips/etc. Right now I have one from Corona for a $10 rebate when you purchase $10 of any beef, seafood, or poultry product. And there's never an alcohol purchase necessary! These are usually on the store displays and can sometimes be hard to find, and I'm guessing you don't linger around the beer displays too often, but I'm so happy that I finally found a way to get cheap/free meat!

Tyree
Tyree

I use the plastic gloves (cheap thin plastic ones) and kitchen shears. It does help.

Abigail
Abigail

Update...So I went to the store tonight with the idea of buying chicken that I would need to trim on my own as we have been discussing. I'm a little embarrassed to admit but I "chickened out". I was gagging in my head thinking about it. I'm such a wimp! But I did get a great price of Tyson boneless, skinless "pretty" chicken breasts for $1.88/lb. Oh well maybe next time.

Jamell
Jamell

I live in Miami and we have a hispanic grocery store that sells the same brand of chicken as Publix and Winn Dixie for a lot cheaper. I got a 10 lb. bag of chicken for .39 cents a pound!! yes $3.90. The catch… it has all that funky chicken stuff on it and skin and bones. So if I had to cut it up myself I probably would not eat it. My solution… I call my mom and she cuts it for me and we bag it up into individual baggies with matching pieces and I treat her to dinner. Problem solved and I am being really thrifty! This week they have pork shoulder picnic for .49 cents a pound! I am so in!!!!

kristi m
kristi m

I just started trimming mine with kitchen scissors and it makes all the difference and is so easy.

Jody
Jody

I think we are secret sisters...I always relate to you in so many ways!!

Allie
Allie

First, I wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog and it has helped me immensely. I do have a tip on saving a little on meat. Lately, I have been purchasing only grass fed beef which can be expensive. My local butcher shop regularly advertises "Bundles" of meat that they package which includes different cuts of beef, chicken, and pork at a reduced cost. The best thing is that you can actually speak with the butcher and make your own bundles. You get hand trimmed meat at a discount and it is all packaged per your specifications and prepared for freezing. My butcher even slices my steaks for fajitas and will marinate chicken breasts. They like the fact they are creating regular, loyal customers and I don't have to trim or slice any of my meat. Yay!

Emily
Emily

I hate touching raw chicken either! It is so gross! So I purchase the disposable latex gloves from Costco and use them when I have to trim my chicken. I know it is bad for the environment but one box will last years and it is so worth it!

tammiek
tammiek

Do you freeze that amount of chicken? I have heard that it is not healthy to freeze fresh chicken. What are your thoughts?

holly
holly

also watch the sales at cash and carry I have seen chicken breast for $1.40 per lb Also Ridleys during case lot sale . This is a great time to get out the pressure canner and go to town It isn't always premium white meat but the LDS Cannery had canned chicken for 1.40 per lb last year and they were slightly larger than the 340 or so grams than the store bought canned chicken

Will Coupon for Shoes
Will Coupon for Shoes

I also gag at chicken - I think the idea of freezing it slightly before freezing is absolutely genius though!

Abigail
Abigail

I feel the exact same way about chicken so much so that even though I pinch pennies in most areas of my life chicken is my costly exception. However after your post I think I have worked up enough courage to try it. Wish me luck!

kari
kari

Now THAT (slightly Freezing before trimming) is a FABULOUS IDEA! I love it! kari

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