Meat prices rose 1.9 percent by the end of 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
You can add filler to ground beef to stretch it and make it go further. This allows you to buy less amounts of meat.
Fillers like oatmeal, bread crumbs, cream of wheat or grated vegetables take on the taste and texture of the ground beef so it looks and tastes the same but is cheaper.
Any work you can do on your own saves you extra cost at the grocery store. Buy chuck roast on sale and grind it yourself or ask the butcher to do it.
Buy more meat for storage on sale days and either use them by the date or freeze them for later. Many grocery stores will put meats on clearance one or two days before they expire to get rid of the stock, according to Pinch This Stretch That.
For beef, buy cheaper cuts then marinade, tenderize or braise them to make them better. You can make your own marinade and tenderizer.
Family-sized packages of meat cost less per pound than smaller packages. Buy one big package, divide it and freeze the rest.
Substitute or cut out meat in meals. Try to have at least one meal a week that is meatless if you are used to it everyday. Then slowly increase the amount of meatless meals per week.
After the fat cooks away, the lean packages give you more meat for your money.
Instead of buying deli meat, ask the deli for ends. Some will sell lunchmeat ends for less than the price of regular sandwich meat.
You can cut costs by cutting the meat yourself. Anything that involves additional steps such as making patties, trimming fat or cutting into tenderloins makes the meat more expensive.
Farmers, meat lockers or butcher chops sometimes sell meat lower than grocery store price. See what options you have in your area.
Some sites like Zaycon Foods allow you to buy meat in huge amounts that you get for cheaper but have to store. Chicken at Zaycon has to be bought in 40 lb increments.
In casseroles, soups or other dishes that are supplemented by meat, only add half of the meat. It's not missed when there are other things to substitute.