Chow Time on a Dime

Meat

This little bird only cost five bucks and it fed the four of us supper as well as providing enough meat for the pup for two days.

Meat is always a struggle for me. I struggle so much with spending money and meat is always the most costly item on my list. As I said {here}, chicken is my staple meat. It is quick, easy, and can be cooked a million different ways. Whole chickens and leg quarters can usually be found at really good prices. However, for the red- meat lovers of the world, it can get boring. Round beef is a fairly frequent commodity in our house – used for all different types of things. We do tacos, meatloaf, lasagna, burgers, and the list goes on.

To keep meat costs down I shop managers specials and the sale paper. Anything $1.99 a pound or less typically lands in my cart. When I find steaks for a OOD price, I splurge on them because they are my better half’s favorite. Holidays are a good time to stock up on meat as well. Around Thanksgiving, turkeys are super cheap so picking up an extra one is usually in my plans. You can also find variety around this time. My husband often finds good deals on duck at Thanksgiving.

When we first got married, my husband would complain about my choice of meats. He was used to living the bachelor life and eating steak whenever he wanted it. I was used to living the single mom life and eating whatever I could afford that week. We eventually compromised. I cooked my first steak after we wed, and he accepted that we could not afford the cuts of meat he was used to having. We have both come a long way. Just the other day he called me to tell me what he had gotten me at the store. Chicken, chicken, and more chicken. Why? There was no pork at a price that he liked and the round beef seemed kind of high. My heart mealted. He HAS been listening to me! Score for the wife!  And I can often be seen searching the meat section for marked down steaks because I know how much he as sacrificed for me.

And that folks, is what it is all about. Sacrifices. Love. Doing what is best for everyone. And that is why I do what I do. I love my family and want to give them the world, even in the kitchen.

 

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