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Meat is one of those items that rarely has a coupon…so, what do you do?
Look for your grocery store selling cycle!
Most stores have a 6 to 8 week cycle.
What does this mean?
This week ground beef is on sale for $1.69 a pound. It normally is $2.93 a pound. If you usually eat 1# a week, you need to invest in 8 pounds at that sale price. This will save you $9.92 on ground beef.
$10 is $10 in my world, LOL! Just think of saving $80+ over 8 weeks on meat!
The next week, whole chickens might be on sale for $.49 a pound when they are normally over $1.75 You can get a whole chicken for about $2.00, cook it off and harvest the meat. This should get you 2-3 pounds of meat which tastes a LOT better than the 8oz can of chicken for $3.00
**Just think of this: by using the sale pricing on whole chicken and cooking it off, that means the same amount of canned chicken would cost you $18 – you save $16!! (per chicken this week!!)
We like chicken for tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, chicken chili, chicken ala king over biscuits and more so we need to buy at least 8 chickens when they are on sale.
8 chickens x $16 savings is $128 savings over the 8 weeks that we add to the $80 you saved on ground beef. See how this adds up? 2 weeks of buying meat on sale has saved you $208 so far and we haven’t seen pork, turkey, ham or beef roasts go on sale yet!
If you are not keen on this — just keep this rule in mind…4-3-2-1
- $4 or less for seafood
- $3 or less for beef roasts
- $2 or less for pork, ground meats and boneless skinless chicken
- $1 of less for whole chicken, ground turkey