Dear Jill: I am not into clipping coupons. I did, however, discover a saving scheme that fits my lunch pattern. I regularly buy fresh mini rolls at a local Italian grocer.
I have wondered for a long time what happens to the meat that is pre-sliced at the deli counter and is still there at the end of the day. Recently, I noticed they sell ready-made mini-subs that are made up with five or six kinds of meat. I bought a couple for $2.49 each. When I unpacked them, I found there was way too much meat for me to eat at one time! There was enough in each one for three sandwiches. I now buy five mini rolls ($3 total) and two mini-subs each week and divide up the meat to have enough for seven lunches at a cost of less than $8. That’s less than a dollar a day, and it’s good!”
— John M.
Smart Living Tip: Stocking up on meats when they’re on sale, then spending a day cooking ahead – browning and roasting meat, or using slow cookers – is a great way to take advantage of meat sales and reduce your food preparation time later. (We’ve all had evenings where it would have been more convenient to heat up a pre-made meal.) And don’t overlook unconventional or unexpected ways to save on pre-cut, pre-packaged, clearance and closeout meats.