When buying meat, always calculate how many meals you think you can get out of the purchase. From past experience you should have a pretty good idea of how much meat your family consumes in a meal, divide the number of meals you can make from the cost on the package.
For example, if you use 2 pounds of ground beef to make a meal and you buy a 6 pound package of ground beef, that will make 3 meals for the cost of the package. This is a better way to look at it than the price per pound since the weight of meat (in the case of roasts, steaks, or chops) also includes any fat and bones that may be present.
if wanting to cut back on the amount of meat, say if a recipe calls for 2 lb. hamburger, just use 1 1/2 lbs. & toss in a can of black beans. This can be done with a goulash, hamburger helper, stew, soups. A can of beans is a lot cheaper than meat these days. Beans are protein, as well.
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