Friday, March 21, 2008


Meat is so expensive to buy, but since no one in my house is agreeable to the idea of a completely vegetarian diet than meat is a must-have in our house. We don’t eat meat with every meal, my family does tolerate a 50/50 split of meat-less and meat-full meals, but it’s definitely one of the big ticket items on my grocery list.

Little did I know that one of the grocery stores in my town has a clearance section in their meat department. We are talkin’ T-bones, organic meats, chicken, pork roasts, it’s all in there. I stumbled upon it today and found an awesome bargain.

I guess the stores are only allowed to keep the fresh cut meats on their shelves for a certain amount of time. And then they have to clear it out fast. It’s still good meat. It just needs to be used within the next few days or frozen.

I found a jumbo pack of chicken drumsticks for the regular price of $7.48. This one happened to have a 50% off sticker on it. The meat looked fresh; there was nothing questionable about it so I bought it for $3.74. When I got it home and opened it up I found 22 drumsticks in there. I split them into two servings and froze one package.

That makes the cost of the meat in each dinner totaling $1.87!


Then I made this yummy Oven Fried Chicken, Basmati Rice, and a green salad.

So the moral of the story is this…

I bet that this happens a lot in the meat department of your own favorite store. It might be only on certain days, it might be somewhere tucked away from the regular offerings, but it’s worth asking your butcher.


Michele said...

Wow! :) Great frugal buy! What store was it?
Michele :)

Gayle said...

It was a Safeway store.

Monica said...

Don't you just love that! Growing up my mom knew the meat guy by name and he would hold sale pieces out for her each week.

Our Kroger has a great manager's special section if you are willing to go at night.

April said...

I usually find great buys on sandwich meat and breakfast sausages(stuff that can be used up in one meal). I haven't got adventurous and tried big packs of meat yet.

Aimee said...

My grocery store has this, and I hit it good this week too! :) Love your blog, by the way!

Leanne said...

What a great day for you! Arizona Tea AND a great meat deal!

You're doing so good on adapting to your grocery budget! I'm proud of you!!


Anonymous said...

Another great tip, Thanks!!
If you have a Target in your area please check out the website she has some great tips/coupons this week!
Have a wonderful day!
Heather Kay

Ronnica said...

I bought some nice, lean ground beef yesterday for $2.50 (it was also marked down because it was nearing expiration). Yes!

HopewellMomSchool said...

I get most of our meat this way--even everyday stuff like hamburger gets marked down. I get off work at a weird time so hit the store just before rush hour! Produce also gets marked down if you know where to look--just ask the produce people. They are usually happy to get it out of there!

Mrs. Querido said...

Safeway has awesome manager's specials...but they hide them way in the back :)