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Q: You did well with your sale meats. But what about variety?
In one week's sale ads, you will perhaps find great deals on two kinds of meat. This week I had to get creative with two higher-fat choices--chicken quarters and ground beef. If you are cooking from a stockpile, though, variety is easy. Just buy a pound (or more) extra of each loss leader and throw it in the freezer. Before you know it, you'll have many choices--each at its lowest price.
Q: But I don't have a separate freezer!
Neither do I. The energy cost would only be worth it if we were a larger family or I had a supply of venison/farm meat. I make our refrigerator's freezer worth every inch. Prime real estate goes for prime meat--reduced-for-quick-sale and loss leader meats save me more money than any other item. Here are a few of my target prices:
I buy when...
chicken quarters hit 29-cents/lb.
whole chickens are 69-cents/lb.
bone-in chicken breasts go 99-cents/lb.
boneless, skinless chicken breasts are $1.69/lb or less.
lean ground beef is 99-cents/lb.
turkey breasts are 99-cents/lb.
steaks are $2/lb.
sausage is 99-cents/lb.
fresh shrimp is $5/lb. (special occasions)
salmon is $3/lb.
canned wild salmon is $1/14-oz can.
canned tuna is 35-cents/can.
Do you regularly find lower target prices for these meats--or others? I'd love to know when and how you stock your larder!