Rita and I were walking through our most favorite local grocery store, looking for the pork loins on sale, when I suddenly saw a confusing sign that said "CLEARANCE: $2.50 FOR 48OZ ANGUS GROUND BEEF - YOU SAVE $7.74!" I just really didn't comprehend what I read. How did that even make sense?
I'm not sure why people in the grocery market seem so oblivious to sales, but I was glad that the woman next to me had shown-up! I might have been just another shopper, thinking that this "too good to be true" deal must mean something is wrong. The only "wrong" thing was that the beef had to be frozen by the end of the day. No problemo!
Needless to say, I grabbed 15 lbs (five packs) of ground beef, continued my shopping, and serisouly discerned whether I should call Tyler and ask for approval to purchase more. After we had gathered everything but carrots, I gave Tyler a ring and much to my money saving delight he said, "Buy as much as you can! We can definitely change our menu plan to accommodate this!" Sigh...a man who even mentions menu plans in conversation - he's such a dream! I'm so blessed to be his wife! Ok, anyway, I ended-up determining that 21 lbs would be a nice stock-up amount and that it would leave us with enough "food" money for needed groceries that will come from a different store.
As I learned in the book that I've been reading (and re-reading and studying), I planned on coming home from the grocery and "dealing with" my bulk meat immediately. I put six lbs to cook in the crock pot, put one-and-a-half lbs to cook for our homemade lasagna, and froze the rest in 3/4 lb portions. It was A LOT of work, but now I'm done! I have six pounds seasoned (in a generic way - onions, bell peppers, garlic, salt and pepper), cooked and frozen and another 13 1/2 lbs portioned out and frozen.
This was such an amazing opportunity to practice frugality and simplify my life. Simplify, because for the next two months (rough estimate) I don't need to buy beef at $2.75 - $3.50 per lb.
Know the coolest part? When I checked the bottom of my receipt, I saw this:
Glory to God!
I'm really looking forward to life with a beef stocked freezer (ideally it would be local, grass-fed beef, but for budget purposes we are focusing on keeping our fats, dairy, and chicken organic...God-willing beef will be next!).
Now, we pray to find us a chicken deal...
Have you ever seriously stocked-up on meat? We've thought of buying 1/2 or 1/4 of a cow, which would be a most serious stock-up. Have you done this? Let me know!
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