Saving money on Cold Cuts

United States
April 13, 2007 9:21am CST
I know there have been many discussions on saving money on food and food shopiing, but I am wondering how to save on one specific expense. How do you all save money on cold cuts for sandwiches and such? Do you find it's cheaper to buy them pre-packaged or have the person at the deli counter cut them to order? One thing I like to buy is the cold cut "ends". They are super cheap and can be chopped up for use in calzones, chef salads, and soups.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I usually buy the meat at the deli and I have them slice thin but not where it is falling apart. That way you get more for your money. I also purchase more than I use normally and put it in the freezer if it is on sale.
• United States
13 Apr 07
That's a good idea. I notice the pre-packages stuff is sliced too thick. Too thick for my tastes at least, and it leads to useing more.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I have never heard of BJ's is it a national chain or just in a local area. I might have to try to find one around here.
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I'm not sure where your living but here in pennsylvania i can buy a 1 pound package of bologna at Aldis for .99 cents. I also use tuna alot for sandwiches when its on-sale i stock up. If i buy from the deli i get whatever meat is on sale the cheapest that week. We also make alot sandwiches from our leftovers.
• United States
13 Apr 07
I'm in very expensive New England! Shopping the sales is a great idea. I often do that. And tuna is a great idea.
@dfinster (3536)
• United States
16 Apr 07
I usually find whatever meat the deli is having a special on and then stock up on it. Sometimes though, the prepackaged is cheaper than what I can get at the deli counter so then I go that way. I guess the best thing to do is watch for sales. All deli's around here have weekly specials on different types of deli meats.
• United States
15 Apr 07
I buy packaged because I buy the Healthy Choice meats and can calculate WW points. Does HC have deli counter meat, too??? I wonder if that would be cheaper? I would imagine it's more fresh...
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
15 Apr 07
It seems like pre packaged is cheaper to me. Then having the meat precut.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
15 Apr 07
I like to buy them at the counter and ask the perosn to slice them as thin as possible. This way, I just put less in each sandwich, and add tomato, cheese, lettuce, or most often, cucumber.
@mbizmom (237)
• United States
13 Apr 07
We are a bologna family mostly, I stock up on name brand when it's 99 cents and freeze it. When we get cold cuts it is either when Hillshire Farm is on sale for 99 cents or cold cuts are on sale for a little more and I have a coupon. I usually don't buy meat from the deli since the only coupons out there is for Sara Lee and it's not on sale often. In other words, if I can't get it cheap then we go without.