Summer Eats: How to Get Affordable Meat for Grilling

Posted on 05/18/2010

Break out the barbeque. Shine up your skewers. And prepare your patties. Grilling season has arrived. Even if you’ve got filet mignon taste buds on a hot dog budget, you can still find affordable meat for grilling. So go ahead, buy some bags of charcoal or prep the propane tank because with these meat deals your grill will be getting a lot of use this summer.

Try a Cheaper Cut - Filet mignon is great, but it’s one of the priciest cuts of meat you’ll find at the grocery store. Save money by choosing a cheaper cut of meat for grilling. Two to consider are flat-iron steak and tri-tip. Flat-iron steak, also possibly labeled as chuck steak or top blade steak, is cut from the chuck roast. Tri-tip can be found cut into steaks or sold as a whole roast. This interactive graphic from The Washington Post may up your meat intelligence when it comes to affordable cuts.

Marinade is Your Friend - Make that cheaper cut of meat taste like a million bucks with an easy marinade. You won’t need the freshly-sharpened steak knives when your meat has been tenderized in a marinade. Check out this easy recipe from

Use Coupons - Meat coupons aren’t exactly common, unless you’re buying hot dogs. Check out the Deal of the Week at to save $1 off two packages of Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs. Target also has a Buy One Get One Free coupon for Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs. Combine the two coupons to get a great deal on hot dogs at Target this week.

Check Out Online Meat Sites - Omaha Steaks is a popular online meat retailer. And right now they’re offering a special deal on top of already reduced prices. You can save $20 on any purchase over $100. If you prefer grass fed beef, check out To celebrate the opening of their new online store, they’re giving customers four free Ultimate Grill Steaks with a purchase of $150 or more. At you’ll receive four free Classic Steakburgers with the purchase of $75 or more.Use code BURGER at checkout, and make sure you’ve got plenty of room in your freezer!

By Alison Storm

Crate and Barrel - Good meat needs good knives! Through 06/14/2010, save up to 20% on select cutlery by top brands like Wusthof.

Linens N Things coupon code - Lawn chairs? Margarita glasses? Grill tools? They've got 'em! Snag 99 cent shipping on any order with coupon code MayShip99, which expires today, 05/18/2010. Plus, check out the other fab grillin' and chillin' coupons from our friends at!

* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.

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