This time of year you can get some great deals on beef. Ground meat is cheap and so are steaks depending on how you purchase them.
I buy my ground sirloin in a large quantity when it goes on sale for $ 3.99 a lb. which I did a couple of months ago. I like to buy my steaks in bulk when they reach the lowest price. I found that price last January when I bought a whole NY strip loin at $ 5.99 a lb.
Yesterday I purchased another whole NY strip loin for $ 5.99 a lb. The regular price was $ 13.99 a lb. but that is inflated I believe. I can right now buy individual strip steaks for $ 6.99 a lb. on sale in a family size package.
I took the whole loin to the head butcher and asked him to cut it up into individual steaks. He did and gave me all of the trimmings which I took all of the meat off of and put it in a bag for the next time I make stew.
I ended up with 15 steaks. As you can see the label says $63.85 for those steaks. So about $ 4.25 per steak. I am sure a lot of you are saying that you can't afford to spend that on steak for your families. I can understand that is a lot for meat. But if you buy them anyhow, why not buy them in bulk when you can get them cheaper. Even if you only purchased one loin a year you would save money. I usually buy 2-3 a year depending on the price. We grill our steaks outside so we tend not to have them when the snow flies.
I know that we like steak once in a while and that we don't like paying $ 22.00 - $40.00 per meal to go out for a nice steak dinner. So $ 8.50 plus another couple of dollars for sides lets us have a nice meal for about $ 10.50 for both of us and it's all tax and tip free. Actually we get two meals out of that because even though we grill two steaks at a time, we only each eat 1/2 of one. The other one we eat the next night either on a salad or sauteed in a little olive oil with garlic with a side or two.
So tonight we are grilling two steaks and having baked potatoes and steamed broccoli with it. Yum.