Monday, May 11, 2009

Cost of Meat???

In looking at our menu this week, it might seem I packed it with meat.
It might look like I spend a lot on meat. But really I don't... meat for this menu is only around $9.00 . Normally it would be more like $6.- $7. because I would have some kind of taco meal or breakfast meal in place of the ribs, but even with the ribs it doesn't seem that expensive and hubby loves it!!
Here are my meat costs...

Ribs -- 2# @1.59/lb.= $3.00
Boneless Skinless Chicken -- 1# @ $1.99/lb = $2.00
Whole Chicken -- 3# @ $1.09/lb= $3.00 (plenty left over to use in another meal plus lunch sandwiches)
Hamburger for Spaghetti -- 1/4 - 1/3 lb. = .50 cents (could go meatless imo)
Ham Steaks -- from last summer still in my freezer -- .50 cents
Aprox. $9.00

You might wonder how 1 pound of chicken feeds 6 of us. At my local butcher I can get 2 big thick pieces of boneless skinless chicken for $2. (1#). I then take my fillet knife and fillet them in half. This makes 4 good size pieces.
(Since they're not so fat it also takes the marinade much better!)

Hubby and I each have 1 and then I can still split the other 2 pieces between my 4 kids. This might change soon as their getting older but I feel a 1/4 lb. of meat is a good serving size for adults and 1/8 lb. is a good size for kids. Granted my 2yr. old eats less and my 10yr old eats a little more.

If they're still hungry they can have another potato, roll, veggies, or applesauce. If they go away from the table hungry it's definitely their fault!!
I know I could spend less on meat and go with meatless meals (which I do sometimes), but my hubby is kind of a meat and potatoes kind of guy. So I try to work in several of those each week!
So what's your thoughts... How much per week do you spend on meat to feed your family? Be sure to tell us how many you feed too!


Kelly's Ideas said...

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MamabearMills said...

my husband is salivating at that picture! thanks a lot! joking!

Together We Save said...

You did really well. I have a hard time saving on meat. I have a family of 5 so I do run in and check for discounted meat a couple of time a week. Since I work beside Kroger it is easy to run in.

Economique said...

I stock up on meat when there is a good sale and then I don't have to buy it again until there is a new sale. We don't like to eat a lot of meat, so I mostly use meat as an add-in and not a main dish. It lasts a lot longer that way anyway.

You can mix dry oats with your ground beef to make it stretch further. I read that on a forum, but I haven't tried it.


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