What is a Good Buy Price for Meat?

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A very common comment I hear is “There are no coupons for food products I buy. How can I save money?” Well forget coupons. Really- you do not have to use coupons to save money at the grocery store! There are other ways to save money on food products.

I have mentioned before that you need to track the prices for items you buy regularly. When you start doing that, you will see a trend. Some weeks will be great buy weeks, other weeks the prices will be astronomical for certain items.

My mom recently changed her dietary habits. She is now eating more whole foods, no processed foods, no red meat and more organic products. She was having a hard time at the grocery store since those products are a lot more expensive and it is rare to find a coupon. I pulled out all of her grocery store flyers for her area and we went through the ads together. My Mom buys a lot of skinless boneless chicken breast. I showed her the difference in prices from week to week and store to store. When the price is low, she needs to buy the chicken and stock-up. Otherwise she will be stuck buying it for $4.99/lb. instead of $1.99/lb.- a big difference.

Here is a list of my “buy price” for meat. Sometimes it will be cheaper than the prices I have listed below. However, I make a point not to buy meat that is over the price listed.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, $1.99/lb.
  • Chicken Breast Bone-in, $0.98/lb.
  • Whole Chicken, $0.99/lb.
  • Ribeye Steak, $5.99/lb.
  • Beef Roast, $2.49/lb.
  • Boneless Pork Loin, $1.99/lb.
  • Pork Chops, $1.99/lb.
  • Sashimi Tuna Medallions, $5.99/lb.
  • Fresh Tilapia, $3.99/lb.

Remember that meat prices will vary per region. I also always look for meat on markdown. I either use it that day or throw it in the freezer. Either plan your menu around what type of meat is on sale that week or stock meat in your freezer. Watching prices will help you make dollars out of change!

And if you are not seeing any coupons for food products, reserve your coupon usage for household cleaning supplies and healthy & beauty products!

Now it’s your turn!

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This post is linked at My Coupon Teacher and Melissa’s Bargain Blog.

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  1. says

    My buy prices are similar to yours, except I wait until the whole chickens are .79/lb and I stock up then because it doesn’t happen very often. I also buy my meat when it has been marked down right before it expires. I have never had a problem and those are the best prices.
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    • Madame Deals says

      That is a great price for a whole chicken! I just got an extra freezer. I will do more meat stockpiling now that I have that!

  2. says

    This was very useful. Can we have more posts like this? Maybe for Produce, Milk, Cereal, Canned veggies, canned soup, cheese … I know roughly what a good deal is but I don’t have time to track the prices.
    .-= Kira´s last blog ..Unpacking In Progress =-.

    • Madame Deals says

      Sure! I will make it a series and cover as much as I know! I am glad this was helpful!

  3. Hannah says

    I never buy any meat for more than $1.99/lb., which means we eat a lot of chicken and ground beef and forego most of the nicer cuts as well as most sausage. But we have learned to live like that and don’t miss it much anymore. I can only remember buying steak once in the three and one half years we’ve been married.

    Whole chickens can be bought very cheaply. Last month Harris Teeter had them on sale for 59 cents/lb and this week Bloom has them on sale for 69 cents/lb. I used to buy whole chickens rarely because it took me forever to skin them and cut them up. I didn’t realize it was because I was too stingy to pay for a good, sharp knife set! Since I recently bought one on sale at Macy’s for $29.99, cutting up chickens has been a breeze! Now we eat meat even more cheaply because I don’t mind at all buying the cheapest kind there is to buy!

    • Madame Deals says

      That is a great deal on whole chicken! In my area I rarely see them for less than $0.89/lb. I use to not like to de-bone and skin the chicken either. When I did a comparison of the price, I was shocked! A little time preparing the meat will save you money! And plopping a whole chicken in the crock-pot is so easy and yummy!

  4. Rebecca R. Barr says

    Hi! I am curious to know what the $$ comparison for whole vs. cut chicken was? I hate to cut chicken, but if I know the figures, I might be more inclined to get a good knife set and start cutting again!

    • Madame Deals says

      Hi Rebecca,
      You can probably get the cut up chicken for the same price per lb. as the whole chicken. You just need to watch prices. This week Kroger has split chicken breasts for $0.99/lb. and legs and thighs for $0.88/lb. The week before they had whole chickens at $0.88/lb.

      Hope that helps!


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