Meat tends to be one of the priciest items on my grocery list and I’ve found a way to control the costs:
I buy marked down meat.
Yep, I’ve been buying it for well over 10 years and I’ve never had a problem. I discovered this money-saving tip years ago when I stumbled onto a case full of Perdue whole roasting chickens marked down to $2 in the meat dept. I bet there were over 100 chickens in that case. I scooped up 6 and called my mother to alert her of the deal. (Unfortunately, I have yet to find such a deal since.)
But I have been finding meat marked down 40% – 50% off.
Many stores mark down their meat up to 50% off about 1 day before the use or freeze by date. According to the USDA, “a “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.”
This date doesn’t mean that the meat turns bad on that date.
I do the majority of my food shopping at Giant of PA and even if meat is not on my grocery list, I always walk through the meat department and look for markdowned bargains. Giant uses yellow stickers for their markdowns which makes them easy to spot in a distance. Weis Markets has large white % off or $ off stickers on their marked down meats.
If I don’t use the meat immediately, I store in my freezer and when I’m ready to use, I thaw it in my refrigerator.
I’ve found all types of meat marked down, such as organic chicken, ground meat, and sausage. To be honest, most of the meat I’ve been buying lately has been marked down.
Of course, you must use your judgement. If the marked down meat doesn’t look fresh, then pass it by and you might even want to alert the store. But typically the marked down meat I find looks just like the package next to it that has a use by date that is further out.
I have never experienced a problem with marked down meat, but I have been saving 40%-50% off most of the meat that I buy!
What about you? Do you buy marked down meat? Let us know in the comments.