Two things I really LOVE (and rely on) are :
1) my beloved crock pot...
2) and cheaper cuts of meat.
(Side story: I owned the SAME crock pot for almost 20 years....it was a gift from my Momma. It was THE BEST GIFT EVAH when I left home. I didn't appreciate it at the time ...hey, I was 18, what did I know about crock pots?? It died a year or so ago and was replaced by another crockpot from my stable of kitchen appliances....My crockpot has saved me piles of money over the years...)
As a a military wife, it's MY DUTY to save money on the grocery budget. He makes the money, I spend the money as wisely as I possibly can. One way I do that is that every time we move to a new community, I get to know key people at the market.
The MEAT GUY is at the top of my list. At my local store, I know them. I chat with them, know their kids' names, know their hobbies, etc. That type of info enables me to feel comfortable asking for big bargains. I always ask, "What's the big bargain that everyone is missing today??" (This is how I get t-bones for $2.50 a package...) The guys at the meat counter KNOW that I am a major bargain hunter. Just the other day, one of the Meat Guys saw me in line buying something non-meat related and let me know that he had just double marked down premade burger patties....I bought 6 packages -with 4 burgers each- at $2 each, they were regularly $5 each. A savings of $3.00 per package. A savings of $18.00 in one purchase. The burgers will go in the freezer and make my food budget stretch even further...Those burgers end up as Jonathan's lunch, at $0.50 each, is a HUGE savings for me....
One purchase I made just yesterday was the cutest lil pot roast you've ever seen. I know, you're probably thinking, "Pot roast is NOT cute..." Well, this one was. It was smaller than I usually buy, and it was double marked down, and only $1.67. For a 1.5# pound roast......I came home and baked it immediately!
After using my meat slicer (bought back in Alaska at 50% off and a GREAT investment......) my meal piles are then READY for packaging. This step saves me time (and money) when I need a quick meal. I sliced half of it for BBQ sandwiches and left the other half in chunks for soups or stews.
This lil pile of meat cost me $0.83 and will make an ENTIRE meal...and it's a GOOD and tasty meal.
So get to know your Meat Guy and see what YOU can save at the market.....