Saving Money: Ground Beef

We go through quite a bit of ground beef here at our cottage so it’s something I buy on a regular basis when it’s on sale, but I recently needed some and we were all out. Ideally, I’d love to buy grass fed beef on a regular basis, but I can buy it cheaper if we get a quarter or half from a local farm and I just haven’t done it for a while. It’s on my list of things to do before the baby’s born. (Yes, it’s a very long list.)

So, here I am, needing ground beef, and not having any in the freezer which means I was at the mercy of whatever price the grocery store was charging. (Yes, I could have changed my menu, but that would ruin the story.)  The ground beef was $3.49 a pound for 85% ground beef. OUCH! I needed 10 pounds. I certainly didn’t want to spend $35 just for the meat! But wait! There is a better way. Walk over to the beef section of the store and price the boneless chuck roasts. The day I was at the store, they were $2.99 a pound. So we took 10 pounds of chuck roasts over to the butcher’s counter and asked him to grind it for us. We saved $5.00. Not bad. But we could do better. Boneless chuck roasts go on sale pretty frequently (about once a month or so) and the sale price is about $1.99 a pound. So if we plan our purchases around the sales, we can save a whole lot more.  I’m pretty sure all stores will offer this service, as long as they have an in store butcher, so it’s worth it to ask. And the best part is that it’s free. And we get to see what’s REALLY going into our ground beef.