1. Make it Stretch
2. 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:
3. 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:
4. Buy Cheaper Cuts
5. 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.
6. Enjoy More Meatless Meals
7. 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.
8. Buy Ends
9. 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:
10. 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: