When I go shopping, I always check the meat case to see if there are any markdowns. When an item is getting close to it's Sell By date, the store will usually mark it down to encourage customers to buy it. Walmart makes them really easy to spot with bright yellow stickers.
Buying this marked-down meat is a good way to save money. The key is to use it or freeze it by the date on the package. I usually buy several packages when I can get a good deal - whether it's chicken breasts, steaks, hamburger, or anything else I normally use. Then the next day I break the large packages down and freeze them in single-use packages, usually in zipper bags, like in this post - Freezing Hamburger.
It wasn't until recently that I found a great way to avoid freezer burn - which happens when you freeze a lot of stuff and don't use it in a timely manner. It's so simple, I can't believe I didn't think of it myself! I was thinking maybe I needed one of those Vacuum-Sealing Systems - and one of these would be nice. But, I was talking to the man who works in the meat department, and he suggested wrapping individual pieces of meat in plastic wrap and then putting them into the zipper bags.
|Individually wrapped steaks in my freezer|