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Saving Money on Steak

February 20, 2009

Tips and advice for saving money on steak and cooking tips as suggested by the ThriftyFun community.

Shop Early in the Day

Go shopping the earliest you can when the store opens. The butcher always marks down meat to put more out. My mom always does this and gets steak at around $1 a pound or less. The meat is fine, just freeze it when you get home if you are worried the meat may be "on the edge".
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By Becca25

Buy Reduced

Buy reduced meat. Two of my brothers were meat cutters and they say aged steak is best. I think they even advertise at fine steak restaurants that their steaks are "aged". I find that Tuesday morning is the best time to shop for them. Steak that has not sold over the weekend.

By Carol

Stretch Steak By Making Salad

We don't often buy steak (just when it's really marked down). I buy one steak, slice it into strips, fry it in a salted frying pan and make Steak Salad. One steak can feed 3 or 4 people. We feel like a king on a pauper's budget.

By Leslie

Use It All

Once you've bought your steak for as low a price as possible (thanks to the hints from Becca and Carol above!), be smart about how you trim the steak. I like to cut off the larger pieces of fat and the bone, then put them in the skillet with the frying meat. They'll give the meat their good flavor. That's your first use of "waste" materials.

Then I remove them, stick them in a container in the fridge, and save them for the next time I need to make broth. Along with the tips of carrots, the ends of onions, the leaves of celery, the stems of parsley and cilantro and mushrooms, and a few other little odds and ends, these make an excellent broth indeed. That's your second use of "waste" materials.

I don't have a yard myself, living in a huge city in a high-rise, but I've heard that ground-up bones also make a decent fertilizer for a lawn or garden. That's your third use of "waste" materials.

By Chayil

Find a Local Butcher

If there is a meat market (butcher) in your area, you can get better deals on steaks there usually with a better quality than a regular supermarket. Or, if you have a small food market that cuts their own meats.

Here's an easy way to fix steak when it's too cold to grill out, this works well with cuts like chuck steak as well. I place the steak onto a layer of aluminum foil, season with salt and pepper, slice an onion over the top of the steak. Place 1 or 2 small dots of butter on top, wrap the foil tightly shut, making sure steak lays flat. Place in shallow baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour, less for medium or med rare. Just make sure the foil stays tightly closed, it seals in the juices and helps make the steak tender.

By Cheryl

Buy Sirloin

I buy sirloin steak at our local HEB between $2.99 and $3.49 a pound and I spend $8-10 for myself and hubby. I marinate them overnight with salt, pepper and Worchestshire and then we grill them. We have not had a bad one yet and no waste from any bone. Why pay for something you cannot eat? And they are a good market trim, so very little fat. I fix baked potatoes and salad and we have a great meal for a fraction of a restaurant. That is our big splurge every few months.

By Lynn

Try Costco

Instead of eating out for Valentines Day, we went and bought some very nice steaks at Costco. We cooked them up with just salt and pepper, seared them on the stove and then put the cast iron pan in a hot (500 degree F) oven to finish them. They were perfect and dinner cost about what the tip would cost at a moderate restaurant.

I love Costco's meat department. It is usually cheaper than the "family" packs from the grocery store and the quality always seems to be high. I usually will freeze half the steak for a later purchase, flank steak is a favorite cut around here.

By Jay

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Combine first 5 ingredients in bowl, mixing well. Shape into balls. Wrap with bacon, securing with toothpicks. Brown on all sides in skillet. Pour off drippings. Combine remaining ingredients with 1/2 cup water in bowl, blending well.

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December 12, 2007

When I make beef stroganoff or beef stir fry, I buy minute steaks from my butcher. One minute steak costs about $1.50 and I use one for every two people and more veggies.

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January 3, 2011

What are the prices of filet mignon steaks?

By Mary Beth from Doylestown, PA

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The price of anything would depend on which part of the United States or World you live in as well as how many grocery stores are in your area as both would affect the prices of everything. Live in a small town with only one grocery store and you are captive to whatever they charge. We have at least fourteen stores in the area we live in and shop at the one that has the best sale prices of the week.

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January 10, 2017

This is a page about how much do filet mignon steaks cost?. Depending on availability, the price of a filet mignon can vary greatly. It will always be more expensive than other cuts but can be worth it when cooked properly.

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