One question I am asked on a regular basis is, “How do I save on meat and produce at the grocery store?” I understand! Meat and produce can be quite expensive and rack up your grocery bill every week. If you think about it, it is kind of unfortunate that the healthiest and most natural foods are the most expensive ones. But alas, that is the world we live in.
The Anatomy of a Grocery Store
Studies show that most Americans spend 80% of their grocery budget every week on the inside aisles of the grocery store, and 20% of their budget on the outside perimeter of the store. This is primarily due to price.
What if we were to cut back on the amount of money that we spend on the inside aisles of the store by up to 50%? Then automatically we would have more money to spend on the outside perimeter of the store without sacrificing our nutrition OR our budget.
My local grocery store does this every morning around 8am. Monday mornings being the best time to go in, there is usually more meat being ordered for weekend shoppers since it tends to be a busier shopping time, thus more markdowns on Monday's. My local store places big black stickers on the fronts of the meat packages with $$ off amounts. The discounted meat needs to be used that day or thrown in the freezer to be using within the next few weeks. Just give your local store a call and ask them.
A few times per year I stock up on meat and freeze it. My local store runs a meat coupon on their Facebook page a few times per year. It usually is a $5/$15 meat purchase. I print off a few of these coupons use those to get as much as I can.
I love Meal Planning! It takes most of the stress out of my days! I plan my meals around the produce sales, that helps keep my costs down a TON. Actually, my husband and I created the “ALDI Meal Plan” to help ourselves (and you) save thousands of dollars and hours of time and stress!
Many grocery stores have discount produce racks where they sell bruised bananas, apples, and other damaged fruits. These are still great to eat, you just have to cut the bruises out, or freeze them and just toss them in some smoothies!
Plan your meals and your grocery trips based on the sale cycles at your store. A lot of produce used to get thrown away around my house because I would buy it on auto pilot. I started planning meals around what produce was on sale, and this problem got solved rather quickly. I also got some of those ‘Debbie Meyer Green Bags‘ that help keep the produce fresher for longer.
Stock up on things that freeze well, like berries, green peppers for fajitas, discounted and sale meats. This will help you have some options when you forgot to plan for dinner of had a busy week. If you have food in the freezer you can thaw quickly, or throw in your crockpot using crockpot ‘Dump Recipes‘, you won't have to go to a restaurant and pick up dinner. That'll save you a LOT of money!
Don't plan on buying meat at the store every week. Save up and when there's a big sale, buy as much as you can and freeze it.
I know that cheaper cuts of meat can be intimidating and might not what you're used to preparing, but they can be amazing. You just have to know a couple simple things. Check out these 5 cheap cuts of meat and the tips on how to prepare them.
If you have an ALDI near you, and you really want to save on meat and produce at the grocery store. ALDI is the way to go. Now, I've been an ALDI Shopper for over a decade, and I've found that they consistently have some of the BEST meat and produce prices available. Plus, they run weekly sales on top of their already low prices.
I know this isn't really the grocery store, but you should really consider it. We started buying Farm Raised beef a few years back and buy a half a cow at a time. It has saved us so much money and hassle. Not to mention we know exactly where our meat came from.