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Save money on meat. Enjoy your BBQ's for a little bit less green!

Updated on August 9, 2011

Cut your own steaks!

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How to save money when buying meat

It’s almost summer, and that means barbecue chicken, and grilled pork chops and as good as it gets backyard steak dinners.

But all this carniverosity can start to hurt a little bit when you get to the checkout counter.

Here’s an easy tip to save a few dollars every time you grill. Cut you own meat. Now I’m not talking about buying a side of beef or anything like that, but I’ve consistently noticed that supermarkets charge a pretty heavy premium for cutting the meat for you, and more often than not, they tend to cut things way to thin. It’s hard not to overcook a pork chop or a steak that's wafer thin, but that seems to be how they are sold for the most part.

Now you don't need to be any kind of expert to take advantage of the savings to be had; all you'll need to do is carve steaks off of meat that is sold as a roast. Pretty easy stuff.

You'll often see pork chops for sale at $2.99 a pound and a pork loin roast on sale at $1.99 a pound; and this is the exact same meat! Ten seconds of slicing will give you pork chops exactly how thin or thick as you want.

Another easy to convert piece of meat is a rib roast. This cut of beef is never going to be cheap, but you can save a lot by cutting this roast into steaks instead of buying very expensive rib eye steaks!

You can often find a great deal on a rump roast, and this can also be cut into perfectly acceptable rump steaks; and the pork shoulder (usually one of the cheapest roasts), cut into steaks is one of the best grillable cuts out there. Look for it under names such as pork butt roast, or collar but.

Once you get used to this technique you'll love the versatility it lends to your cooking options.

Save money AND make better food at the same time.

Enjoy a great season out on the grill!


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      The RV Guy 6 years ago from Somewhere In America

      Can't wait to hit the meat section of the local grocery to take advantage of this great info. Thanks for posting.

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      How To Save Money 10 years ago

      This will be perfect for our monthly picnic! thanks for the tip on how to save money! maybe your interested in this