buy bulk ground beef, not pre-made patties. buy fattier beef, like 85-15, both factors will make this cheaper by far. i can get grass-fed 85-15 ground beef for less than cafo pre-made lean patties.
Sirloin patties- 18ct, 1/3lb each
Pork Chops- 6ct
Boneless chicken thighs- 6lb bag
Shrimp- small, tailess, 70-90ct
Bacon- two 1lb packages
Chuck roast- 3lbs
Ham/turkey- deli sliced, two 1lb packs
Tuna- 10 cans
Stew meat- 1lb
instead of pork chops, buy butt or shoulder. fattier, cheaper, smaller portions are much more filling than a larger portion of flavorless, lean pork chop.
get whole chickens, or buy parts that still have bones. any added labor to meat, like boning out, ups the price.
buy bacon on-sale, freeze and stock-up. i get the supermarket brand because it has no sugar and is quite a bit cheaper than a brand-name.
we splurge on ribeyes every once ina while, but i have been getting lots of beef heart and tongue lately, for less than $2 pp.
good deli meats are spendy, and often contain sugar. i'd roast some turkey or eye cut of beef for cold sliced meats.
more eggs. i eat more than 3 dozen per month, by myself.
bone broth. super cheap to make, super healthy and a great meal stretcher. frequently my first meal is broth with some greens and either eggs or bits of meat stirred in there. very nutritious and very filling.
As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.
– Ernest Hemingway