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The Coupon Whisperer: Fantastic Easily Available Meat Coupons
The Coupon Whisperer ^ | June 12, 2012 | PJ-Comix

Posted on 06/12/2012 6:10:26 AM PDT by PJ-Comix

I don't often post new editions of The Coupon Whisperer but when I do, you know they are good. And in this edition I will show how you can drastically CUT your food expenditures.

If you are even a casual couponer you know it is not difficult to score stuff like toothpaste and body wash for FREE or close to it. Plus you should have no trouble finding coupons for many food items. However, the major part of any food budget is meat and where do you find coupons for those packages of steak and other such goodies? Well, GOOD NEWS!!! I accidentally discovered a way to drastically cut down on meat costs. Here is what happened:

(Excerpt) Read more at couponwhisperer.blogspot.com ...


TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: coupons; meat
My wife actually complained that I was getting TOO MUCH steak but, hey, when they are so cheap via coupons, why not?
1 posted on 06/12/2012 6:10:28 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: netmilsmom; mykdsmom; mplsconservative; melissa_in_ga; SoftballMominVA; alarm rider; GQuagmire; ...

PING!


3 posted on 06/12/2012 6:13:06 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

so... they’re making meat real cheap?

so that’s how they’re going to move all the beef coming from those CA farms (madcow alert)


4 posted on 06/12/2012 6:18:33 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: PJ-Comix

Also consider buying straight from the source if it’s at all possible in your area.

For several years we’ve bought an entire cow and split the meat and costs with others according to our needs. Works out to about $2.50/lb. for black Angus, we get ground beef and nice variety of cuts and we know exactly where it came from. All we have to do is pick it up from the processor.


5 posted on 06/12/2012 6:25:18 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: nodumbblonde

You need a big freezer for that.


6 posted on 06/12/2012 6:27:07 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Not really. I just have a small freezer (about the size of a dishwasher) which, combined with a section of the fridge freezer will hold 1/4. That lasts me nearly a year, which is about as long as you want to keep beef anyway.


7 posted on 06/12/2012 6:35:23 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: PJ-Comix

bookmark for later


8 posted on 06/12/2012 6:36:46 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: nodumbblonde

Ok, but when the meat coupons are used, the prices are also in that range.


9 posted on 06/12/2012 6:42:56 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

I’m not disputing your method, only trying to add to it something that might be feasible for others.

It works out to less than the cost of ground beef and I get all the extras, too. I also like the added bonus of being able to drive by and see the source of the beef I’m putting in my freezer out grazing in a nice green pasture.

I apologize if you thought I was taking issue with your method. That was not my intention at all. We’re all trying to find ways to save money these days! :-)


10 posted on 06/12/2012 7:08:14 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: nodumbblonde

Re: #7. Thanks. I’ve been wondering about that.


11 posted on 06/12/2012 7:09:11 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: PJ-Comix

Was the coupon because the meat had already reached its “sell by date” ?


12 posted on 06/12/2012 7:11:26 AM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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I worked in a butcher shop for a couple of years after high school. When we put coupon stickers on meat it was because it was going out of date that day.


13 posted on 06/12/2012 7:16:02 AM PDT by ICU812 (Oldtime Freeper, back from a long hiatus)
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To: nodumbblonde

Similar to what I do ...

Six neighbors (one with a pasture) and 3 cows. We take turns buying feed (Purina Cattle Developer) and each will get 1/2 cow in late fall/early winter. About half come back from the processor as ground beef but there are lots of roasts and steaks too ... years worth of beef for about $2.25. It almost fills up my 15 cf upright freezer. Porterhouse is on the menu for tonight.


14 posted on 06/12/2012 7:17:50 AM PDT by Beach_Babe
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To: ICU812

-—I worked in a butcher shop for a couple of years after high school. When we put coupon stickers on meat it was because it was going out of date that day.——

Works for me. Throw it in the deep freeze and thaw when needed.


15 posted on 06/12/2012 7:19:18 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Silentgypsy

You’re welcome!


16 posted on 06/12/2012 7:20:42 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: nodumbblonde
That is what we do. We get a whole cow and split it with three other families. We get nice meat for the price of "on sale" hamburger at the store.

As a bonus they throw in the bones for free. I end up getting around 15 gallons of stock out of them.

I have thought of doing pig and lamb the same way but we are the only ones who really like lamb.

17 posted on 06/12/2012 7:22:42 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Migrating elephant herds react badly to flaming motor homes and dry ice doesn't repel killer bees)
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To: heylady

I used to be able to get expired meats but then our one and only grocery store quit having them. They’ll put out two or three packages at a time so it’s hard to even stock up.

I used to arrange my upright freezer with chicken on one shelf, beef on another, pork on another, etc. I’m here to say I was wrong. Things still managed to hide and get forgotten. I went through it yesterday and arranged the shelves by date with the oldest dates on the top shelf and moving to newest date on the bottom shelf. FYI, lots of pepper and spice helps offset a bit of freezer burn taste.


18 posted on 06/12/2012 7:24:20 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Do you purchase it from a local farm?


19 posted on 06/12/2012 7:25:34 AM PDT by CarolinaGOP ("Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Beach_Babe

Excellent! You ARE the source, even better!

Unfortunately, if I was involved in it’s care I’d end up with a pet instead of beef! “But... but, we can’t EAT him! I LOVE him!” I’m a weinie...

Oddly, the guy I get mine from said a lot of people have him do the whole thing in ground beef “because they don’t know how to cook a steak or a roast”. How sad is that?!?!


20 posted on 06/12/2012 7:35:25 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: PJ-Comix

I refuse to shop at Target, knowing that some portion of my spending there - however small - goes to causes I loathe.


21 posted on 06/12/2012 7:40:33 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (I can see November from Wisconsin)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

We’ve done pork, too, but not lamb. The family isn’t big on sausage or pork roasts so I end up giving a lot of that away. That really doesn’t make it very cost-effective though, does it? LOL

I always sneak the beef tongue into someone else’s pile... Never tried it and don’t think I could ever work up the courage.


22 posted on 06/12/2012 7:45:33 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: nodumbblonde
Oddly, the guy I get mine from said a lot of people have him do the whole thing in ground beef “because they don’t know how to cook a steak or a roast”. How sad is that?!?!

Your guy needs to find a good basic cookbook and sell it along with the beef... might increase his business. Thanks nodumbblonde - interesting comments.

23 posted on 06/12/2012 7:48:49 AM PDT by GOPJ (Take your little hammer, little sickle and your scary red signs with a fist on it, and go home...)
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To: PJ-Comix

Thanks. Does Publix do this? I’ve never seen meat marked down there like this.

My tip: Winn-Dixie has this savings option that allows you to buy discounted fuel at Shell stations. Some products you buy give you $.05 off a gallon or more, or you spend $50 and get $.05 off a gallon (for each $50).

Anyhow, the real deal part of this is that WD seems to frequently give $1.00 off per gallon for filling a prescription there. This is either for a new prescription or a transfer.

Now a dollar off of a gallon of gas is definitely worth it especially for something I absolutely have to buy anyhow. But the best part? Walgreens was offering a $25 gift card for transferring a prescription to them.

Sooooooooo ... :-)


24 posted on 06/12/2012 7:53:09 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: PJ-Comix

Thanks, PJ-Comix.

The grocery stores in our area all have what I call “the cheap meat section”. Sometimes there’ll be a coupon attached to the meat, pork, chicken or a reduced price label. We have a foodsaver so I repackage as soon as I get home.

Like you said, you have to get to the store early to take advantage of the best deals especially in the winter when the snow birds are here!


25 posted on 06/12/2012 7:55:59 AM PDT by azishot
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To: nodumbblonde
Unfortunately, if I was involved in it’s care I’d end up with a pet instead of beef!


I'm not that involved, I drop off a few bags of feed every now and then.

I trained the kids early, so they wouldn't think of the cows as pets: girl cows make milk and boy cows make steak. They love steak!

26 posted on 06/12/2012 8:31:24 AM PDT by Beach_Babe
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To: CarolinaGOP
Yes. There are several farms in our area that will do a beef up for you.

You can even go and "pick your cow". If you pick a calf you can go and see him during the growing time.

I don't bother any more. I know the farmer and we have been buying from him for five years now.

27 posted on 06/12/2012 8:34:33 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Migrating elephant herds react badly to flaming motor homes and dry ice doesn't repel killer bees)
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To: GOPJ

You’re welcome!

As a guy who makes a living raising cows, you can imagine how appalling that was to him! Outraged may be the more correct term!

I think we’ve just lost the art of cooking a proper meal somewhere along the way.


28 posted on 06/12/2012 8:37:48 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
I love lamb! I'm in the South and here pigs are king. Lamb is very hard to find. I guess they don't thrive in the heat. I know adults who have never tasted it.

There's a bi-weekly small animal auction near me. Recently pigs were being passed over at $3.00 each! Unbelievable! I'm going to have to talk to my 'cow guy' about expanding our meat crop.

29 posted on 06/12/2012 8:42:53 AM PDT by Beach_Babe
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To: nodumbblonde
You sound like my mom when it comes to tongue. :)

"But Grandma said that when you were young..."

"Hush! We are not poor enough for me to cook beef tongue!"

30 posted on 06/12/2012 8:43:19 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Migrating elephant herds react badly to flaming motor homes and dry ice doesn't repel killer bees)
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To: GOPJ

Excellent book but no longer in print. Copies can be found on ebay, etc.

31 posted on 06/12/2012 8:50:07 AM PDT by Beach_Babe
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To: Beach_Babe
I think the people who don't like it must have had mutton which can be quite strong and a bit tough.

I like to put ground lamb in my meatloaf mix, it adds a delightful flavor that even the anti-lamb people love.

32 posted on 06/12/2012 9:25:07 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Migrating elephant herds react badly to flaming motor homes and dry ice doesn't repel killer bees)
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To: Beach_Babe

http://www.newyorkfirst.com/gifts/the-cattlemans-steak-book-70/

****************************************************************

Sounds like a good choice — thanks for sharing. (Amazon does have some MUCH cheaper...)

“The Cattleman’s Steak Book”
$45.00

Larry Ellman, a onetime student of accounting from Brooklyn whose big ambition in school was to become, in his words, “a tycoon.” Starting with a $2,000 investment in ten Coke machines in 1949, he built up a thriving vending-machine and cafeteria business that he sold for $50,000 in 1958. He then sank the proceeds into a modest Manhattan steak house. He redecorated it in dude-ranch western, renamed it the Cattleman, promoted it fiercely with various gimmicks, including free stage coach rides for the kiddies.

Ellman’s New York City institution recaptured the charm and manly elegance of a plush San Francisco saloon or hotel at the turn of the century, and became one of the nation’s most successful restaurants. Naturally, beef was its specialty, and The Cattleman’s Steak Book’s 200 recipes capture the flavor of distinctively Western dining from “the adult Western restaurant.” Offering a rare First Edition copy.

“The Cattleman’s Steak Book”
Item #01970


33 posted on 06/12/2012 9:47:54 AM PDT by GOPJ (Take your little hammer, little sickle and your scary red signs with a fist on it, and go home...)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Works for me. Throw it in the deep freeze and thaw when needed.

Works for me, as well. Who cares about "almost expired" when I'm going to immediately use it or freeze it until I do? Our grocery store has a manager's special bin where they put all the almost expired, marked down meat. It's a treasure trove. Hubby and I have been using it for years. We're noticing a lot more people are checking out the contents now. Couple weeks ago they had Hormel spiral cut hams for $1 a lb. I bought two 15 lb. each. Yum!

34 posted on 06/12/2012 10:12:12 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: GOPJ

My brother drove their stagecoach with a pair of matched greys back in the early 70’s. Adults rode in it too. When he left for college, my brother-in-law took over the job. The restaurant served its dinners on pewter plates. It was a real cool place, too bad it closed.


35 posted on 06/12/2012 10:14:22 AM PDT by Beach_Babe
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To: Beach_Babe

Cool story - thanks for sharing.


36 posted on 06/12/2012 10:52:20 AM PDT by GOPJ (Take your little hammer, little sickle and your scary red signs with a fist on it, and go home...)
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To: nodumbblonde

>>> “I always sneak the beef tongue into someone else’s pile... Never tried it and don’t think I could ever work up the courage.”

A delicacy in some cultures, not so much in ours. I was tricked into eating it by friends from Venezuela. Tastes good like beef should but not a grained meat texture at all. There was some kind of extra stripping (veins or gristle?) that took place in the kitchen that I didn’t know about, as they distracted me from seeing, LOL.

I would guess it’s not worth the hassle if you don’t already have a liking for it.


37 posted on 06/13/2012 5:32:17 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Titan Magroyne

Was it tender? More like liver? I think it’s the texture (or the way I imagine it anyway) that I can’t get past!

Right up there with my Dad’s all-time favorite food: brain sandwiches. *hurk*


38 posted on 06/13/2012 6:03:21 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: nodumbblonde

Over a decade removed, the experience is hazy these days. It didn’t make me automatically think “tongue.” I’d recently spent a year where sushi was common fare and dried seaweed (yech!) was vended as snack food. My friends were eating the same thing (obviously something sneaky and humorous about the meal) so I waited for the reveal after eating hearty.

But brain sandwiches? Like getting mad cow disease if the animal had it? Oy. *hork* right along with you!

There are plenty stories of poor country folk with a preference for squirrel brains, but I wonder how many of the little suckers it takes to make a meal...


39 posted on 06/13/2012 7:46:01 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: Titan Magroyne

I guess those would be brain “sliders”, right? Lol


40 posted on 06/13/2012 12:24:06 PM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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