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Do you find meat too expensive to buy?

I am retired and live in a Brisbane suburb. Since coming here from Darwin I am amazed at the low price of fruit and vegetable but distraught by the high price of meat. A few weeks ago however my wife and I stumbled across a Vietnamese market village and to our surprise found that the butcher there had meat far below what our local butcher and our supermarket were charging. The cuts are a little different but most fat is trimmed and if you request that something needs to be cut a certain way, you get service with a smile. We have since found a number of these butchers in our area and save sometimes as much as 50% on our purchases. Try it out if you can, it's worth it as the quality is excellent.

Last reply: 6th Oct 2012 / 21 replies / Post by paradox

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kellie36

Posted by: kellie36
Posted: 6th Nov 2011

kellie36 says: I totally agree with you on the price of meat.A few years ago I was able to always get my Husband and son steaks,and now they along with a lot of other cuts of meat are too expensive.It is getting so hard to think of different meals to create using the budget cuts like mince,chicken drumsticks and sausages.We make do,but I would love to be able to feed my Husband a big hearty steak alot more often. Reply

paradox

Posted by: paradox
Posted: 6th Nov 2011

kellie36 says: I totally agree with you on the price of meat.A few years ago I was able to always get my Husband and son steaks,and now they along with a lot of other cuts of meat are too expensive.It is getting...

paradox says: Hi kellie36, be assured that you will be able to purchase lamb chops, T-bone and similar cuts at the butchers i have described. I can buy some of the expensive cuts like eye fillet at $12.50 per Kilo. Once you have found one of these ethnic outlets you will find others. Also look for ethnic sections in your city, that's where these shops are. Reply

kellie36

Posted by: kellie36
Posted: 8th Nov 2011

paradox says: Hi kellie36, be assured that you will be able to purchase lamb chops, T-bone and similar cuts at the butchers i have described. I can buy some of the expensive cuts like eye fillet at $12.50 per...

kellie36 says: Hi paradox,thx for your reply,and I will certainly check those shops out :-) I know My Hubby will thank you for putting us onto it :-)
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paradox

Posted by: paradox
Posted: 8th Nov 2011

kellie36 says: Hi paradox,thx for your reply,and I will certainly check those shops out :-) I know My Hubby will thank you for putting us onto it :-)

paradox says: Hi kellie36, when you find an ethnic butcher or fishmonger do not be dismayed by the way their cuts look. Most cuts have the fat removed and look unfamiliar. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 8th Nov 2011

says: Meat is getting more expensive and the quality is dropping as well. Reply

paradox

Posted by: paradox
Posted: 8th Nov 2011

paradox says: Hi dilligaf, we have found that when we do our meat shopping in Coles or Woolworths and do it late afternoon or early morning, staff are changing prices downwards as the use by date draws near. It is one way to curb your spending on meat. As they say, every little bit helps. Reply

trix56

Posted by: trix56
Posted: 22nd Nov 2011

trix56 says: I went to the local Woolies when I moved here and nearly died!!!! I don't know how anyone buys meat there. I have since learned that my local Foodland reduces a lot of their meat after the weekend so Monday morning is always a good time to shop. Also shop around a lot. Don't have any ethnic butcher shops nearby but have found a couple of butchers not too far away that are worth shopping at. Reply

paradox

Posted by: paradox
Posted: 23rd Nov 2011

trix56 says: I went to the local Woolies when I moved here and nearly died!!!! I don't know how anyone buys meat there. I have since learned that my local Foodland reduces a lot of their meat after the...

paradox says: Hi trix56, you know I find it appalling that in a country like Australia we have to continually find new ways to buy reasonably priced basic food items. It is an absolutely ridiculous situation. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 23rd Nov 2011

says: I agree with this because me and my family recently moved here from christchurch new zealand and we were shocked by the high prices of meat in this country Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 24th Nov 2011

says: I agree totally with this I have found that I travel to get meat from farms pay them cash and they slaughter and i cut the carcass up myself saves heaps.. Just need a big freezer
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NEEDA

Posted by: NEEDA
Posted: 29th Nov 2011

NEEDA says: I certainly agree that meat here is becoming very unaffordable,that is why I seldom buy those eye fillet or scotchb fillet. I stick to my budget of $5.00 -$ 7.00 a pack and that's enough for a meal for the three of us. Only on special occasion should I buy those premium cut meats. but yeah you can buy some cheaper ones at asian shops but sometimes inconvenient for me to go far to shop. Anyway, keep an eye on specials every week and you will have an idea where and what mat to buy on your next shopping day. Reply

Kaz

Posted by: Kaz
Posted: 6th Dec 2011

Kaz says: Even with cheaper prices for meat, it is still a bit expensive. My families diet is more rice and pasta with vegies. Sometimes I think Im turning vegetarian without even trying. Chicken is the main source of protein in my household. Thank God there are lots of ways to cook it. Reply

flyyates

Posted by: flyyates
Posted: 30th Mar 2012

flyyates says: Yep the price of meat is Australia is terrible. The Quality is crap & price far too high.
I deal with people from around the globe even, the English visitors remark at how high our meat prices are. The pittance they pay the poor farmer's is appalling! Check the papers for meat prices. The poor farmers often pay more to raise an animal than what it is worth. The super markets claim it is the cost of transport & wages that put the costs up. Bull It is their profit margins that are sky high. The big supermarkets own their transport company's, butchers, slaughter houses etc. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 5th Apr 2012

says: No, I think meat is at a pretty fair price. Reply

Aims0716

Posted by: Aims0716
Posted: 11th Apr 2012

Aims0716 says: Some meat is dear .. but mince is so cheap u can buy 600grams of mince for only $3 Reply

Captain  Slog

Posted by: Captain Slog
Posted: 18th Apr 2012

Aims0716 says: Some meat is dear .. but mince is so cheap u can buy 600grams of mince for only $3

Captain Slog says: Hi Everyone,
I live in Turangi, NZ, and the other week, I paid around $6.50 for 552g of regular Beef Mince.
The Prime Beef Mince was around the $7. for the same 500g+ pack. I am unemployed and my bank is empty, there are no jobs in our area, and boy, i'm finding things very hard now. I would love to have to be able to buy some of those $3. Mince Packs.
Where are you? Reply

Captain  Slog

Posted by: Captain Slog
Posted: 18th Apr 2012

Aims0716 says: Some meat is dear .. but mince is so cheap u can buy 600grams of mince for only $3

Captain Slog says: I forgot to mention! Sausages are supposed to be the really Cheap meat products, but even they are through the roof in price. Around the same price, or more, as Mince. Sometimes, I've found Mince, on occasions, to be cheaper than Sausages.
If you're into Hot Dogs, HELLER'S Frankfurters were 95 cents per 100g, and HELLER'S Chicken Franks were 75 cents per 100g. These are the ones you get under the glass at the deli at New World. I only buy them six at a time to go with the six pack of Hot Dog Rolls. Unless I need more to freeze, that's all I ever get. Reply

Marg

Posted by: Marg
Posted: 15th Apr 2012

Marg says: I have also found that meat is expensive and this includes chicken and fish espcially when cpmared to the price of vegetables. Given this I now use more vegetables in my cooking with some meat and have also found that I do enjoy eating like this and it does feel healthier too. I grew up in a fmaily where we ate a large amount of meat every day and I have spoken with many people about this and everyone agrees that noone eats that quatity of meat anymore. Both my parents did have chlolesterol problems which resulted in their ill health so I guess that moderation with meat is a good thing for me anyway. I also do use low fat mince and look for specials when buying any meat and fish and can get some good stuff this way and still be happy with my meals. Learning to be reative with cooking and seeking out receipes has also helped alot. Reply

Glace

Posted by: Glace
Posted: 16th Apr 2012

Glace says: Yes, it is too expensive than our local stores Reply

shiela

Posted by: shiela
Posted: 19th Apr 2012

shiela says: meat here in auburn is less expensive compared to others.. its the stalls near the station, beside the asian grocery stores :)
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Twiki

Posted by: Twiki
Posted: 6th Oct 2012

Twiki says: I am in New Zealand, a country that produces much meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables. I think the cost of all of these products to New Zealanders is extreme and the quality is not always that great. The better quality products are exported. There has been a lot in the media here recently about many New Zealanders living in poverty and so eating healthy is a challenge. Reply

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