I don’t buy as much meat as I used to. Not because I’m trying to cut back on my consumption, but because of the high meat prices. The prices have been going up since the Covid-19 Pandemic gripped the world due to shortages in beef, pork, and chicken. Now, however, prices are pretty ridiculous due to supply chain issues and the high cost of gas. So how can you continue to eat that tasty, tasty meat without breaking the bank? How am I coping with this? I’ll tell you in this article.
High Meat Prices: You Don’t Have To Go Meat-Less
First off, you don’t have to go meat-less due to the high meat prices. Although various websites and influencers suggest this “tip” it’s not one you or I should follow. I don’t digest vegetables well. That’s the main reason I switched to primarily eating meat. You may be in the same position as me. And eating vegetables isn’t as filling as eating meat. You will have to eat more to feel full, and all that fiber is not going to be nice to your digestive system. I know it’s not for mine.
High Meat Prices: Shop The Sales
To deal with high meat prices I shop the sales. Now the sales my grocery store have now aren’t as good as they had six months ago. Yet, I rather save some money than none.
This week Publix had a pretty good deal on value packs of Ground Chuck (80/20) for $3.99 a pound. The value packs start at 3 pounds so I knew I was going to spend at least $12 on a pack of ground beef. That was pretty good because other stores are currently selling 1 pound of 80/20 ground beef at $4.99 a pound.
Since I came across this deal I decided to eat ground beef for lunch and dinner. If another type of meat was on sale I would’ve bought that and made dinner plans revolving around that type. To stay within your budget and continue to eat meat you will have to be flexible with your meal plan. I know there are some people who only want to eat a particular cut of meat but unless you have unlimited funds that’s not going to be reasonable.
Finally, if you find a good deal on meat I suggest you stock up within the store limits. I did that during Christmas when hams were on sale. I bought 2 hams on the cheap. However, if I bought more than 2 then the price per pound jumped up dramatically.
High Meat Prices: Check Out Local Farmers
Another way to handle high meat prices is to check out your local farmers. You may be able to buy cuts of meat or even an entire cow or pig from a local farm.
Now this tip is gong to take more money up front because buying an entire/part cow or pig is expensive. However, when you look at the price per pound this avenue is much cheaper than buying meat from a grocery store. If you can’t afford the cost of buying an entire or part of an animals then trying to find a family to share the costs with. That’s what many people do and that will reduce the price per pound even more.
A great benefit from buying from a local farmer, beside supporting them, is usually they will sell grass-fed and/or pasture-raised animals. If you’re trying to get away from factory-farm or don’t like the feed used in modern farming (grain and soy) this is a great option for you.
High Meat Prices: Eat Cheaper & Tougher Cuts
I love a T-bone steak but I don’t like the price. That’s why I eat ground beef to get my red meat fix. So to save money and deal with the high meat prices eat more cheaper and tougher cuts. Here’s a list:
- Ground Beef (73/27 or 80/20)
- Chuck Steak
- Bottom Round Roast
- Beef Liver
- Pork Loin Roast
- Boston Butt or Pork Shoulder
- Ground Pork
- Assorted Pork Chops
- Whole Chickens
- Chicken Livers
- All The Dark Meat
Consider Buying Canned Meat
My final tip is to consider buying canned meat. I love to buy canned sardines and canned salmon because it’s inexpensive and those fishes are usually wild-caught. In addition to the inexpensive cost, canned meat have long shelf life so if you find a good deal on them it’s safe to stock up.
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