Last year, one of my first blog posts and YouTube videos was of a meat haul my husband and I had done in our attempt at saving money on meat.

We supplemented that haul with smaller purchases of chicken breasts and ground beef (most commonly used in our kitchen). We also had scored a 40 lb. case of chicken breasts (normally priced at $80.00) for $46.98! That lasted us a long time!

Our latest meat haul came from a local meat market, where they have Meat Deal Packs. We got the Medium deal.

From that, I split it up into more manageable portions and ended up with:

# of Packages Contents
2 Ribeye twin packs (4 steaks total).

 

Already separated into two-two packs. Just wrapped in Aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn.

2 Packages of Bacon.

 

Again, already separated and just put in the freezer.

1 Country ribs.

 

Came prepackaged. Wrapped it in Al- foil.

2 Whole chickens!

 

It’s been so long since we’ve had whole chickens! Again, the came individually wrapped and were put in the freezer.

1 Beef rump roast.

 

Came prepackaged. Wrapped it in Al- foil.

3 T-Bone steaks.

 

I individually wrapped these in Al- foil and put them in a large plastic zip bag, so I could find them easier.

2 1.5-2 lb. packages of ground hamburger meat.

 

These came in one of those large 4 lb. bundles, and I split them into two packages, roughly 1.5-2 lb. each. I didn’t get my digital scale out this time, just eyeballed it.

This haul is not as big as the one we did last year, but this one contains stuff we’ll actually eat. The bigger haul from last year was a learning experience. There’s no sense in getting bigger meal deal when there’s stuff in it you won’t eat. (Like smoked sausage and bologna, in my case.)

We have a large chest freeze that will accommodate a lot of food, so shopping for bulk deals works for us. It has saved us money, and 99.99% of the time, if there’s a recipe or dish we want for dinner, we have the meat in the freezer already and just need to thaw it. (That .01% is when I want lamb and haven’t found a good price on it.)

Is there anything you buy in bulk to save money on? Please share in the comments.

© Cori Large 11 May 2016

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32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jenna
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 08:52:14

    My dad works for his cousins that own a pig farm and he got an entire pig from them to put in the freezer. Lasted for months!

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  2. Shanna
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 09:13:24

    Dry good!

    I try to get all of my dry goods; oatmeal, rice, pasta, etc in bulk for the month sometimes two.

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  3. Carol Cassara
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 10:03:21

    That is an amazing deal. I am all for anything to save money on groceries. Our bill has certainly climbed over the years and sometimes it amazes even me how much it is.

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  4. The Southern Stylista
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 10:22:20

    We usually have one of our steers butchered each fall (we own a cattle farm) and our freezer stays stocked for a year or more! I think it’s great that you’re buying in bulk and storing it in your deep freeze, it’s been a huge help to us as well!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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  5. Valerie
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 12:36:06

    If only my store did a deal like this. This is great. Sometimes hamburger runs as much as $4.98 a pound at Wal-Mart here.

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    • caendicott
      Jun 09, 2016 @ 08:19:24

      I suggest looking around for a small mom and pop style market. I personally don’t trust Wal-Mart meat.

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  6. GiGi Eats
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 14:08:48

    Mmmm! I get super excited when I get a new MEAT shipment!!

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  7. candy
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 14:36:28

    Buying in bulk and dividing up is a total cost save. I use my food saver works wonderfully.

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    • caendicott
      Jun 09, 2016 @ 08:20:27

      So far we haven’t lost anything due to poor storage. I just wish the freezer was more organized. That’s the one problem with a chest freezer, you have to dig down to find stuff.

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  8. Emily
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 16:55:55

    If only I had room to store it!!! 😦 wah

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    • caendicott
      Jun 09, 2016 @ 08:21:02

      When we were in the apartment, we seriously considered getting rid of our breakfast table to put a small 5 cu.ft. chest freezer in there.

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  9. Kelly - A Side of Sweet
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 18:52:54

    I wish I had a chest freezer! It’s almost impossible to close our freezer as it’s always so full!

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  10. Cecilia A
    Jun 08, 2016 @ 18:59:39

    For only $90, you did good! Been wanting to try a local butcher. Everyone in our neighborhood goes there.

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    • caendicott
      Jun 09, 2016 @ 08:21:53

      Go in and see what type of stuff they have. Do some recon. You don’t have to buy anything right away.

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  11. Roxy
    Jun 09, 2016 @ 09:36:17

    What an amazing savings! I am literally all about saving money wherever I can. I just recently found the two brands of deodorant my bf and I use at Sams. It was like 5-6 deodorants in a pack for like $8. We normal pay over $2 just for one. Needless to say I’m super excited to go back and get them this weekend!

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  12. dia All The Things I Do
    Jun 09, 2016 @ 11:00:37

    I buy my wine in bulk lol jk…sorta. I have never heard of a meat haul. I live alone so it’s hard for me to buy things in bulk that might go bad. Growing up we had a deep freezer so my mom would buy meat and freeze it.

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    • caendicott
      Jun 10, 2016 @ 08:20:34

      I started doing meat hauls as a play on grocery store hauls that some of the other bloggers I follow do.

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  13. Liz Mays
    Jun 09, 2016 @ 15:12:19

    This would make meal planning so much easier! You totally know what you’re doing!

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    • caendicott
      Jun 10, 2016 @ 08:31:03

      It does help! I’m working on a post that shows how OCD I am about my pantry and freezer so I know what’s in there. The inventory list is really what helps!

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  14. Amber Starr
    Jun 09, 2016 @ 20:32:27

    I’ve thought about doing something like this for awhile, but we really need a chest freezer first! I buy bulk when pantry items are a good deal, and always buy bulk for baking staples since we go through them quickly.

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  15. Becki Santiago
    Jun 10, 2016 @ 09:34:25

    Wow! I shared this with my hubby and he was drooling. We love our meat 😉

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  16. Peggy Arthurs (from State Farm)
    Jun 20, 2016 @ 08:15:17

    Looking for a great mom and pop place in Winter Haven, any ideas? meat place- I want to buy good bones….

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