The number one killer of grocery budgets is meat. I've had many people ask me about saving money on meat so I thought I'd share about this mornings trip to Tom Thumb so you can see how to get quality meat for an inexpensive price and then package it well.
This morning I headed to Tom Thumb (off 1709 & Rufe Snow) to grab a few quick items. I always run by the meat section and check for any great deals. Almost all the meat (80%) I buy comes from Tom Thumb, the other 20% comes from Sprouts. Tom Thumb has a great meat deal this week - BIGIF (mix and match) which is 50% off all their meat! Their boneless skinless chicken comes up to $1.50 per pound which is an excellent price! I normally stock up on boneless chicken when its 1.90 or less per pound. Sprouts also had a great deal on chicken tenders for 1.99 per pound for hormone free chicken. I also grabbed some 50% off lean ground beef, boneless ribs, T-bone steak and pork chops. I spoke with the meat man who said that the best times to visit their store for discounted meat is in the mornings before 10:00 am. Specifically he said between 9 and 11 am is best, I was there around 7:00am and he was just going through all the meat pulling off the expiring ones.
I buy Quart size freezer bags (on sale I actually got these for free), don't use the non-freezer ones because they will leak when you go to thaw out the meat. I made that mistake a lot when I first started and couldn't figure out why the bags were leaking! Then, write on the front of your bags, the date you purchased the meat, serving size, and what the contents include. Then put in the meat, flatten it out best you can, and place in a sink with some bleach water. It will sterilize the outside of the bag that you just contaminated with your hands.
When freezing meat, be sure to use the FIFO method - first in first out, that way your always using your oldest stock first. This will make sure you don't have to throw any meat out because of non-use.