I like to go shopping first thing in the morning. Not only to avoid the crowds but also because that's when the stores mark down any meat that's about to hit it's expiration date. It's a nice way to save a few extra bucks.
SM eats more meat than I do but we've both noticed that (as we've gotten older) our tummies seem to like a lower fat meat like chicken and turkey. We do still eat pork, ham and beef...just not as much.
I'm always on the look out for "reduced" meats but haven't had much luck over the past few months. Either the stores haven't had them up or (most likely) someone's beat me to the punch. Last week and today, I've managed to hit some good deals. Last week I got some pork chops and sausages for a few bucks off. This week, at Sam's, I found 2 packages of hamburger discounted by about $2.50 each.
Believe it or not, this much hamburger (about 10 lbs) will probably last us 6 months. I see Meatloaf, Chili and Spaghetti with meatballs in these packages.
I never used freezer paper before this year. If I bought meat, we'd usually just cook it and eat it the day it was purchased. If I did freeze meat I usually just wrapped it up in a Ziploc freezer bag. Since we've purchased the upright freezer, I can now buy meat in bulk and so I need to store it properly.
*Slight side note here...As I was driving to and from the store I saw many homes that are up for sale that have a "Reduced" or "New Lower Price" on the signage.
Boy, do I feel their pain. I hope never to be in their shoes, but I have to acknowledge that the possibility exists.
I saw that for a 15 year fixed rate loan... fixed!!!!... is now being offered at 3.50%. Wow! SM and I re-fi'd over a year ago at 4.25% and we thought it couldn't go much lower then.
Amazing times we're living in isn't it?