Before I started using coupons I spent a little too much on meat! I never considered how much something cost per pound.....I just bought what I wanted. That was definitely a good portion of the reason why my grocery bill was so high!
These days I make it a point to stock up on meat when I can find it at rock bottom prices. If I can't find it on sale I don't buy it. When it is on sale I make sure to get as much as I can fit in my budget.
Also when I am cooking these days I make it a point to use less meat in general. If I am making soup, stew, a casserole, spaghetti sauce or something of the like I only use 1/2 - 3/4 lb of meat. Then I bulk the meal up with more veggies, maybe some rice or even lentils. If I am making taco meat I often do 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 rice or lentils.
Sometimes however we go meatless! This is something I try to do at least once a payday. It is pretty painless especially when you are able to find a few meatless meals that your family loves. Having a meatless dinner now and again can make a change in your grocery bill. It may be a small change but when you start implementing several simple things the money saved starts to become very apparent.
Here are a few of my families favorite meatless meals:
Brown Rice and Lentil Casserole
Does your family ever eat meatless? Do you have a favorite meatless recipe? If so share in the comments.
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