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Other Ways to Save on Groceries: Buying A Cow

August 21, 2011

After watching the documentary, Food, Inc. I was feeling compelled to try to make small changes in how my family buys and eats food.  One of the changes I wanted to make was a switch to eating more organic meats.  After checking prices at the grocery store, though, I questioned how it was possible for anyone on a budget to afford it!  Since there are 5 – soon to be 6! – of us (and my boys can EAT!),  we decided to look into buying beef in bulk from local farmers.

I’m sure many of you know this, but you can purchase whole, half or quarter cows.  Many times the prices are lower since you are buying in such a large quantity.  Also, you know where the beef your family is eating is coming from – and you can ask the farmer directly if the cows are exposed to antibiotics, etc. and where the beef is processed.  I was able to talk to the meat packager to tell him what kind of beef we eat more of – ground beef or roasts or steaks, etc.

Here’s my favorite part, though – It is organic quality beef and we only paid $2.60/lb. for it.  I know you can find regular ground beef for $1.99/lb. but we paid a straight $2.60/lb for everything from ground beef to filets!  Check the prices of organic beef (ground beef, steaks, roasts, etc) at the grocery store and you’ll see how much this saves my family!  Yes, we have a whopping 423 pounds of beef in our freezer and it was a high up-front cost, but the money it is saving us in the long run (and the added benefit of higher quality) definitely makes it worth it for our family.

I am pretty sure, though, that my kids were disappointed when they realized we were just buying beef and not a pet cow!  🙂

*Please don’t take this post as a sales pitch for buying organic.  We definitely don’t buy organic everything.  Sometimes, we even drive thru McD’s!  Gasp!  If buying organic is something you are interested in, though, know that there are more economical ways to do so.

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One Comment
  1. Laura permalink

    Great post – very helpful info : ) I especially like the comment about the pet cow though. lol ; )

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