I’ve been on a mission the past few months to find the cheapest organic meat prices. Organic meat can be SO expensive but can also be SO much better for your health than non-organic meats. I didn’t want to compromise our health to save money, but I also couldn’t justify spending $8-$10 a pound for meat. Well, I’ve finally found several ways to get the price point down to $2.50-$5 a pound, so check out these tips on how to save on organic meat below!
How I Save on Organic Meats:
- Shop Local. From farms to farmer’s markets, these are often the best places to purchase organic meat. At my local Farmer’s Market, there are farmers there that sell meat right out of their trailers. If your local market doesn’t have any farmers that sell, ask for referrals to local farmers. See my post here on how to buy from your local farmer. If you are local, Pure Pastures purchases directly from two organic farms and sells the meat out of their store in Plymouth, MI. They often run sales on their organic chicken breast for $2.50 a lb., whole organic chickens $7.50 a lb. and organic beef $6 lb. (Call for current specials). Stock up when the prices are low. Keep in mind, you will need to trim your own chicken breasts (one luxury I miss by buying local, but so worth it). If you aren’t local, search for similar stores in your area on google. EatWild.Com is a great resource for finding local farmers. LocalHarvest.Org is another site for finding farmers and local farmer’s markets.
- Price shop. When I first began eating organic, I bought my organic meats at Trader Joe’s. I figured their food was relatively inexpensive for organic, so they must have the best price on organic meats as well. I was paying about $7.99 a lb. for organic chicken from them. I was way overpaying! I had never considered looking for organic chicken at stores like Costco or Aldi. Come to find out, these stores offer some of the lowest prices on organic meats! Costco generally runs about $4.99 a lb. for organic chicken and $4.49 a lb for organic beef. If you don’t want to spring for the membership, piggyback off a friend a few times a year and stock up. Many Aldi’s stores now offer organic beef for $4.49 a lb. and antibiotic-free chicken for $2.99 a lb. Kroger has their organic/natural brand, Simple Truth, and often runs sales on their organic chicken, beef and ground turkey. Periodically they also offer e-coupons on these products which can be combined with the sale for a great price. Keep an eye out for sales at local butchers and privately owned markets on organic meats.
- Buy varieties of cuts. Organic chicken breasts with the bone and skin are often much cheaper than boneless, skinless. It’s easy to skin and debone to save per pound. Thighs and legs are great marinated and grilled and will save you a bundle. Buy the whole chicken for extra savings and make your own broth on top of it.
- Coupon. Laura’s lean beef has natural and organic beef and steaks and often offers money saving coupons and is sold at most large chain grocery stores. Stores like Kroger, with their own organic meat brand, often offer e-coupons. Always pair these coupons with sales for maximum savings. I will post any organic meat coupons I find and match them up with store sales, so check in daily for new deals on organic meats. Many times, organic meats will be marked down super cheap as it nears the expiration date, so always browse the meat section and stock up when there’s a good deal.
- Make your meat go further. Stretch your meat by adding in beans, tofu and nuts. For example, in chili, double the amount of beans, and reduce the meat by half. In stir fries, replace half the meat with tofu. Make chicken salad with less chicken and added walnuts. Make meatballs with beef and tofu (you won’t able to tell a difference!) By being creative with your recipes, you can still enjoy organic meats and stay within your budget.
By stocking up when you find a deal, you can fill your freezer and have meat to last you until the next deal. Be sure to follow All Natural Savings on Facebook for all the latest organic meat deals.