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How Much Do You Buy Meat For?


#1

It seems really expensive here in southern california. What's the average cost for your meats, and the cheapest you've gotten recently? Stating your location would be great also.

Ground beef: ~$2.5 (I've seen 4$+ I beleive)
Ground turkey: more than beef so I ignore
Pork Tenderloin: 1.5-2$
Chicken breast boneless skinless: 2-4$
Chicken thigh boneless: 1.8-2%
Sirloin, new york, tenderloin, filet, etc: 5-15$ haven't bough steak meat in a while.


#2

I live in Iowa. I wait until 85% lean ground beef is on sale for 1.88 a pound and buy a ton. 90% lean ground turkey is consistently 1.99 a pound. Pork loins go on sale for 1.99 a pound every once and a while. Chicken breasts I can usually find for 1.99 a pound. I usually stick with these and buy in bulk.


#3

My staples each week are:

10 lb bag of boneless chicken breasts from BJs - $24
4 6oz Bison Patties from Trader Joes - $6-

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#4

We get our lean ground beef 92/8 for $5.99/lb


#5

my dad is retired military, so he takes me to the commissary. Just the other day I picked up a bunch of steaks for $1.25/each. that was a good day.


#6

Best to kill your own.

Find a local farmer that has sheep, or cows and kill and prepare the meat yourself. You save a TON of money that way.

Sheep or Ram is easiest as all you need is a knife.
One sheep lasts about 1 month for dinner for a family of four. All for $150.00.


#7

I find it cheapest to head out to a local field with a shotgun and pickup truck and knife and just harvest it myself. Just don’t let the farmer see you.

But seriously, 85/15 ground beef was 1.88 yesterday and 90/10 was over 3 here in Iowa


#8

Here’s my list of what I normally buy.

-Grass-fed ground beef is about 7.99/lb
-Grass-fed roast & stews are about 8-9.99/lb
-20lbs of mixed Grass-fed beef from local farm(about hour & a half away) is $160
-Organic whole chicken is about 3.99/lb


#9

do you think your grass fed beef is worth the extra money?

the 85/15 for 1.88 is great. the best i got here was .99 for 70/30 or so. but after you cook it it looks like half of what you put in.


#10

Wow, I thought I had it bad… Mind you I live in a province with major cattle lol so it should be cheap.

Up where I’m in Fort. McMurray The local “Meat Shoppe” sells hormone free ground Bison for 8.99/kg, so about 4/lb.

I buy 93/7 ground beef from the cheapest grocery for 6.12/kg. Just under 3/lb…


#11

I work in a grocery store in the meat department and always get the best stuff. 85/15 ground beef varies in price each day depending on how much trim is cut from the day before. I can buy it in the morning sometimes if it’s leftover from the day before for $1.49lb.


#12

what are the tips to getting good deals from people working from the meat department, strungoutboy? :slight_smile:


#13

For our store usually if you come in around 8 or 9am you can find deals on reduced items that go out of code soon. I don’t change prices for anybody because i’m not about to lose my job. If i do know someone i will go out of my way to find them the best steak or the best stuff we have.


#14

2.22 lbs of chicken breasts - 4.54$

aprox :slight_smile:


#15

[quote]kickureface wrote:
do you think your grass fed beef is worth the extra money?[/quote]

Yes, I fit it in my budget & the price isn’t a problem for me. I don’t go nuts & buy T-bone & ribeyes. I keep it simple with ground meat,shanks,stews & cheap cuts of roast.

I know it’s pricey compared to conventional beef but I do feel “relieved” knowing that it’s slightly more nutritional & that the cow came from a pasture rather than a factory.