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April 19, 2013

Bite into these meaty savings

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So, one trip to the meat market saves me money. Then two days of cooking provides me with great meals for five weeks. Just wanted to let you know that there is a way to save on fresh meats! Thanks for your great column!

Barb R.

Dear Jill,

I am not into clipping coupons. I did, however, discover a saving scheme that fits my lunch pattern. I regularly buy fresh mini rolls at a local Italian grocer.

I have wondered for a long time what happens to the meat that is pre-sliced at the deli counter and is still there at the end of the day. Recently, I noticed they sell ready-made mini-subs that are made up with five or six kinds of meat. I bought a couple for $2.49 each. When I unpacked them, I found there was way too much meat for me to eat at one time! There was enough in each one for three sandwiches.

I now buy five mini rolls ($3 total) and two mini-subs each week and divide up the meat to have enough for seven lunches at a cost of less than $8. That cheap and it’s good!”

John M.

Smart Living Tip: Stocking up on meats when they’re on sale, then spending a day cooking ahead – browning and roasting meat, or using slow cookers – is a great way to take advantage of meat sales and reduce your food preparation time later. (We’ve all had evenings where it would have been more convenient to heat up a pre-made meal.) And don’t overlook unconventional or unexpected ways to save on pre-cut, pre-packaged, clearance and closeout meats.

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