How I Save Money on Meat and Poultry

How I Save Money on Meat and Poultry

With food costs being out of control lately, every dollar counts. We all know food prices are rising, but meat is having us all dig deep into our pockets. At my house, we mainly eat beef, chicken and sometimes pork (mainly in the form of bacon). So today I’m going to share a few ways to save money on meat and poultry.

Now one thing to mention is I prioritize buying organic, grass fed meat for my family. I feel that this cost is worth it to reduce exposure to additives such as hormones and antibiotics to my family. I also believe that these animals should not be put in inhumane conditions and should be allowed to roam free in pastures rather than in cages the size of a shoe box. 

This is my personal choice, which of course comes at a price. But here are a few ways I have been able to save money on meat and poultry:

Tip 1: Big Box Stores

Big Box Store, Save money on meat

I purchased chicken and bacon from a big box store. I personally shop at Costco, but other big box stores could include BJ’s or Sam’s Club.  I can get organic chicken breast for about $6 a pound. At my local grocery store, organic chicken breast is listed at $9.50 per pound. My family eats chicken breast about 2x a week. This means I save about $3.50 per meal and $7.00 a week on buying from a big box store. If I times that by 52 weeks for the year, that is a total savings of $364. 

Assumptions: My family eats 1 lb of chicken breast 2 times a week. 

Local Grocery Store: $9.50/lb

Big Box Store: $6/lb

Savings: $3.50/lb

Weekly Savings: 2 x $3.50 = $7

Annual Savings: $364

My local grocery store sells thick cut bacon for $12 in a 24oz package. My family eats an average of 2x 24 oz packages a month (½ per weekend). The big box store bacon comes in 48 oz packs for $11. Therefore, I have a total savings of $13 a month by buying bacon at the big box store. This is an annual savings of $156 a year. 

Assumptions: My family eats 48 oz of bacon per month. 

Local Grocery Store: $12 x $2 = 24

Big Box Store: $11

Monthly Savings: $13

Annual Savings: $156

Tip 2: Buy local! 

We found a local farm that sells directly to consumers and they deliver! We bought a ¼ of a cow. Which ended up being 185 lbs of meat for the total cost of $832, totaling at $4.50 per pound. This came with a mixture of ground beef, steaks, stew meats and roasts. This beef is organic, grass fed and local. Buying local allows me to cut my costs and reduce my carbon footprint. The meat tastes so good, much better than what I get at the store. We keep it in the deep freezer and it lasts us for the whole year! I used the following calculation to come up with my costs savings. I checked the listing of my local grocery store and the price of organic, grass fed beef is $8.50 per pound. The cost of a NY strip steak was $20.50 a pound. My family will eat ground beef about once a week (total savings of $4) and steak once a week (total savings of $16). Therefore I am saving $20 a week on beef. If I multiply that by 52 weeks in a year. That’s a savings of $1,040 a year! 

Assumptions: My family is eating ground beef 1x a week and another form of beef (steak, roast, etc) 1x a week. 

Local Grocery Store (Ground Beef): $8.50/lb

Local Grocery Store (NY Strip Steaks): $20.50/lb

Local Farm Cost Per Pound: $4.50

Weekly Savings: $4 + $16 = $20

Annual Savings: $1040

In order to utilize most of these strategies you need to have somewhere to store the meat. We bought a deep freezer a few months ago and it has been a life saver! I highly recommend a deep freezer, as it keeps your meat longer than a normal freezer. 

So if you add up all of these savings:

Annual Savings: 

Chicken: $364

Bacon: $156

Beef: $1040 

Total Savings = $1,560

Even if I subtract the cost of the deep freezer ($500) and the big box store membership ($60), it still is a savings of $1,000 for the year! 

Comment below if you liked my post or have other ways you save on meat!

To learn more about saving money on food check out: 10 Tips to Save Money on Groceries and 5 Ways to Stretch Your Food Budget.