Supermarket Savings:

Deals on Meat

Meat is plentiful and often is a lead item in supermarket advertising. It always has a per-pound price and is somewhat descriptive in its cut, sometimes even pinpointing fat content.

When you shop, there are many different aspects to be considered.

What minimum weight, if any, needs to be purchased to obtain the lowest price? Markets typically impose a 3-pound weight purchase to get the best deal.

How To Get Deals on Meat

However, sometimes packages are made that may actually have less weight and still offer a better per-pound price. Examine as many as are displayed if you don't require a large amount. If you buy a large amount, consider freezing some to use at a later date.

Check the freshness date on every meat package. They're clearly marked with a used-by or sell-by date for freshness. Markets routinely mark down items as they approach their sell-by dates, and usually mark them down the evening before or morning of that date.

These items are perfectly safe to purchase and will save you money, as much as 50% of the purchase price. If you're looking for something to use right away, shopping for this type of item will save you significantly.

If you see an item that hasn't been marked down, but falls just before or on the sell-by date, ask the butcher if they will take that price reduction right now for you. You will find that 9 times out of 10 they will do so.

See if a larger cut of meat will provide you with a better deal. If you buy a large beef cut, for example, ask the butcher to cut up the meat into portions, such as ground beef or a pot roast or steaks.

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