Meat and Seafood Substitutions to Save You Money

When looking for frugal advice for saving money on groceries, you’ll find many people telling you to cut meat out of your diet, or at least to reduce the amount of meat you purchase. If you shop smartly, however, you can just choose cheaper options and still enjoy meat and seafood in your weekly diet. Take a look at some cheaper meat alternatives courtesy of Reader’s Digest. (Note that prices will obviously vary depending on where you live.)


Expensive Options:

  • Sirloin steak at $8.99/pound
  • Rib eye at $16.99/pound
  • Filet mignon at $20+/pound

Instead, try these:

  • Beef chuck stew meat at $2.29/pound (or less)
  • Beef short ribs $4.99/pound


Expensive Option:

  • Chicken breast at $5.49/pound

Instead, try:

  • Drumstick and thigh combo at $1.59/pound

Chicken thighs are dark meat and have slightly higher calories and fat, but that fat transforms into taste. A 3-ounce serving of skinless chicken breast is 138 calories and 3 grams of fat, while a 3-ounce serving of skinless chicken thigh is 177 calories and 9 grams of fat. Well worth the price difference!

For some great, cheaper substitutions for fish and pork, and for many delicious recipes to try, head over to How to Save Money on Meat and Seafood.