How to Save Money by Cutting Your Meat Bill

Are the current meat prices butchering your grocery budget? If so, there's plenty you can do about it. Here are 14 simple ways to save money on meat:

Make it Stretch

Ground Beef. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Purchase smaller amounts of meat. Then, stretch it with oatmeal, breadcrumbs or another cheap and healthy filler.

Grind Your Own Meat

Instead of buying ground beef, purchase a chuck roast on sale and either grind it yourself or ask the butcher to do it for you. The end product will be the same, but you'll spend far less for it

Buy Reduced Price

Snatch up packages of meat that have been marked down for quick sale. Then, use them by the date on the package or freeze them for later use:

Buy Cheaper Cuts

Choose more affordably priced choice cuts of beef instead of pricier prime cuts. Then, marinade, tenderize or braise them to frugal perfection.

Buy Big

Family-sized packages of meat usually cost less per pound than smaller packages. So, buy one big package, and divide it into the portions that you need.

Enjoy More Meatless Meals

Aim for at least one meatless dinner a week. Then, increase from there as your family gets used to the idea:

Buy Lean Cuts

Sure those packages of 70% lean ground beef are cheaper than the 96% lean ground beef, but guess what? After the fat cooks away, that lean package will net you more meat for your money.

Buy Ends

Need lunchmeat? Many delis will sell you the lunchmeat ends for far less than the price of a pound of deli meat. Ask, and you may net yourself a real deli deal.

Do the Trim Work Yourself

Meats that have been sliced, butterflied, cut into tenderloins or made into patties cost more than meats that haven't; so, buy simple cuts, and do the trim work yourself.

Explore Other Sources for Meat

Do some research to find out if there are any butcher shops, farmers or meat lockers in your area that sell meat below the grocery store price:

Stock Up Around the Holidays

Fill your freezer with turkey and ham around Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter. Holiday sales will push these meats down to their cheapest advertised price of the year. For an even sweeter deal, wait until the week after these holidays. Any remaining inventory is sure to get marked down quickly.

Tip: Save any ham or turkey coupons that you come across, and use them after the holidays. When paired with a reduced price sticker, you'll get a killer deal.


Meat coupons aren't super common, but you can find them if you know where to look:

Pay with Overage

Shop at a store that let's you keep your coupon overage. Then, use it to buy meat.

Buy Bones

Did you know? Honeybaked Ham sells their ham bones for $5 a piece (the price may vary in your area). With a full two to three pounds of meat on each bone, that's a great deal: