Hey – You don’t have to worry about pink slime being added to your ground beef if you’ve just watched your butcher take a chuck roast and grind it in front of you!
People who attend our coupon workshops always ask how to save money on meat. Ground Beef has risen in price quite a bit in the last couple years. I remember when my “buy” price for lean ground beef was around $1.50/lb. Lately – it’s hard to find it for less than $2.50/lb. One way to get cheap ground beef is to take whatever beef is on sale for the week (For instance, this week, Bi-Lo has London Broil on sale Buy One Get One Free) and ask your store butcher to grind it for you, or grind it yourself.
There are several benefits to doing this:
- You can get a sale price on ground beef nearly every week – whether “ground beef” is on sale or not
- You’ll be able to get leaner ground beef for the same price (or cheaper) than the more fatty, processed ground beef
- You’ll get FRESHER ground beef
- You won’t have to worry about the dreaded “pink slime” being added to lots of ground beef these days.
You’d be surprised at how willing your butcher is to not only grind your beef, but also cut it into cubes (for grilling kabobs or stew meat) or into steaks (from a roast). Just be extra-friendly when you ask !
More ways to save money on meat:
- Look for meat markdowns.
Snatch up meat that has been marked down for quick sale – just make sure you use, cook or freeze it right away! Watch our video - Meat Markdowns at Bi-Lo
- Find Rebates & Coupons for Meat.
Many times around grilling season especially, you can find tearpads for rebates that include meat purchases – Read our post “The Beer Aisle: A Hot Spot for Coupons”. Sometimes you can also find coupons for meat – a good place to look is Coupons.com – just search the “food” category.
- Buy a Side of Beef.
Find a local supplier and go in on it with another family. This is a great way to know the quality of your beef is good – most local ranchers are proud to offer hormone-free, grain fed beef.