Buying Meat On A Budget

Around once a month I restock red meat for Tony and Chicken or turkey for me, but I am trying my best to go back meatless so I did not buy any type of meats for me.

Last week was the week, he was out of just about all meat, except venison, so we went meat shopping at the old Piggly wiggly, now known as pic n sav located in the heart of Anniston, Alabama.

The first thing that caught my eye was hot dogs by John Morrell were on sale for .39 per package of eight so I bought five packages for $1.95 because these freeze well and last for a very long time. I will get four meals per package making each serving of meat only .10 (20 hot dogs = 10 meals)

Next was ground beef, I got the smaller packages cheaper by the pound, I bought two for $5.98 ( one was $2.98 and the other $3.00 )and that made 12 patties for burgers making each burger around .50 each. That is six meals.

Tony loves his cubed steak so he got a large package for $5.71 for six pieces and this will be the most expensive meals of meat making each meal $2.00 because he has two steak sandwiches as a meal. Three meals.

The pot roast was on sale at the price of $6.54, another pricey meat purchase because six meals will be made from this one roast costing around $1.10 per serving of meat.

NOW to the best deal of all:

A boneless center cut pork loin on sale for $9.51 but I sliced at home and made 20 thin sliced boneless chops. Making 13 meals and each costing around .73 each meat meal.

Now lets see how much I spent on how many meals of meat:

Total $29.69

With thirty eight meals – Price per meat meal based on total price of all = . 78 per meal.

So there you have it thirty eight meals for under $30.00, that is how you make ends meet when you have little money to spend.

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry

Stretching Your Budget – March 21,2016

At a couple grocery store`s I was known as coupon queen not because I used coupons for everything but I always followed the rules and I was never nasty if a coupon did not work, I would simply take that item off, plus I ALWAYS had all my coupons ready and in order with my list and I knew what I would pay.

Some people do not understand how to use coupons at an extreme level and that is okay, any savings is money in your pocket.

But ….. with using coupons ,I know most everything in the food department is the boxed and packaged foods that are not really good for us and since I am walking away from that type of food I can help in other ways. What I call old fashion shopping as I did when I was a kid after mom passed away.

Cook the food your self. If you can follow the directions on a box to prepare what`s inside, you can cook anything, just follow directions also known as a recipe 🙂

This week Tony was out of meat, I can take it or leave it and I am choosing to leave it more these days but I am not a meat snob, people should eat what they want, Anyways here is the way I bought meat and how I make meals.

Bought :

Chicken breast

Shoulder steak

Ground beef

Pork roast

Pork chops

I paid, with tax included $27.73 now lets see how many meals I can get out of that amount of protein.

Chicken breast – four meals, making fried chicken, can feed more if I make soup or pot pies.

Shoulder steak – three meals, possible four meals, depends on how I cook it.

Ground beef – eight meals as just burgers, possible to make more meals depending on how I use it.

Pork roast – Five meals as b-b-q sandwiches, possible more meals if I make a pork dish and feed many.

Pork Chops – Six meals making fried pork chops/ b-b-q chops.

With a quick total of meals = twenty six meals or more. Making each meal with meat around one dollar.

Twenty six meals means nearly a month of dinners with meat for under $28.00.

Note: I only cook meat for dinner and I often have meatless days and I use beans or eggs as a protein.

By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry