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!
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