This post contains affiliate links. I’ve been a ButcherBox customer for several years, and I enjoy the service. However, over the last year, I haven’t placed many ButcherBox orders because money was tight and then I didn’t know if we would move or not. However, whenever ButcherBox had sales, I added the meat to my cart. That strategy, which I’ll explain further, is how I saved money on ButcherBox this year.
Fill the Cart with Sales
Whenever ButcherBox had a sale on meat (and they have sales frequently), I put the cuts I wanted in my cart. However, I didn’t check out. Instead, I kept adding sales throughout the year and pushing back my delivery date.
I ended up putting the first sale in my cart in October, 2021. I didn’t actually place my order until October, 2022! By the time I was ready to place an order, I had over $5,000 worth of meat in my cart!! Of course, I didn’t want to place an order that large, but I did want to place a large one because I don’t yet know a farmer to purchase beef directly from him.
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How I Saved Money On ButcherBox
I sat down and made a list of all the items in my cart arranged by type of protein (beef, chicken, pork, and fish). I then separated it out into different cuts. Because I had put multiple sales in my cart, I had different prices for the same type of meat. For instance, I had Nieman Ranch pulled pork in my cart. Some was on sale for $6.50, some for $5.50, and some for $5.33. I decided how many pulled porks I wanted to buy and then I eliminated the ones that were for the higher price.
Thanks to the rapid rate of inflation this year, items that I put in my cart last fall and winter were much cheaper than I could buy them in October, 2022.
I ended up spending $1253 on this order. We will try to stretch this over the next nine to twelve months.
Our ButcherBox Order
We ordered a 14 to 18 pound turkey for $55. (I think ours was just shy of 16 pounds.)
We also ordered our Christmas ham. This was 8 pounds and cost $32, or $4 per pound.
Beef Stew Meat
We got 3 pounds of beef stew meat, but I’m not exactly sure how much this was because it was part of our Custom Classic box of 6 cuts of meat for $169. (You must buy the Custom Classic box before you can buy the sales and add-ons, which make up the rest our order.)
4 Bottom Round Roasts
These roasts are 2.25 pounds and three of them were $12 each. The fourth came with our Custom Classic box, so I’m not sure how much it breaks down to individually.
1 Eye of Round Roast
This roast is 2 pounds and $14.
20 Pounds 90/10 Grass-Fed Burger
I found this to be a great deal! The burger was $5.50 a pound. I currently find 100% grass-fed 90/10 ground beef for $8 or more per pound at the grocery store.
2 Chuck Roasts
At 2.25 pounds each, these were $16. We love chuck roast and have missed it since we haven’t been able to buy a 1/4 side of beef directly from the farmer lately.
Top Sirloin Steak
These also came with our Custom Classic Box, so I’m not sure how much they are.
10 Pounds Wild-Caught Salmon
My husband wants to eat fish once or twice a week, so I made sure to stock up on that. We got 10 pounds of wild-caught salmon for $95, which breaks down to $9.50 a pound.
12 Pounds Salmon Patties
These salmon patties make a healthy, easy go-to meal on busy nights. We got 12 pounds for $96, which makes them $8 per pound.
24 Pounds Wild-Caught Cod
I love making homemade cod fish patties, so we’ll be using the fish for that plus eating it by itself. The 24 pounds cost us $160, making this fish $6.67 a pound.
3 Whole Organic Chickens
I would have liked to have bought more of these because we also use the bones for homemade chicken broth, but I didn’t have the space to get more. These were on sale for $7.50 per chicken.
6 – 1.67 Pounds of Chicken Drumsticks
I can find chicken at a reasonable price both from Trader Joe’s and Misfits Market, so I didn’t buy too much of that. Each pack of 3, which is 5 pounds, cost $9, so they were $1.80 a pound.
19 Boxes of Pulled Pork
These ranged in price from one I got for free to the rest I got at $5.33 each. Currently, I find these in the store for anywhere from $9 to $11 a package.
16 Packages of Pork Chops
I got these pork chops for $5 per pound.
10 Pounds of Ground Pork
This was another great deal! If I had more freezer room, I would have bought more! Ground pork for $4 per pound. Yes, please!
10 Pounds Breakfast Sausage
I have a lot of food intolerances, so I appreciate that ButcherBox’s breakfast sausage is full of clean ingredients! We got 10 pounds for $42, or $4.20 a pound.
4 Pounds Ground Italian Sausage & 4 Pounds Pork Sirloin Roast
The ground Italian sausage was coupled with 4 pounds of pork sirloin roast in a sale. I got the 8 pounds for $30, or $3.75 per pound.
I got one bacon for free since I have free bacon for life with my box. The other package of bacon was $1 because ButcherBox was running a special at that price for boxes that ship in October.
5 Pork Tenderloins
These 14 oz. tenderloins were $8 each.
2.8 Pounds St. Louis Ribs
This was $12, and I got it especially for my husband, who loves ribs.
2.5 Pounds Baby Back Ribs
Again, these were for my husband and were $16.
2 Boneless Pork Butts
I got one with my Custom Classic box, and the other was $17. We love to use this meat for homemade pulled pork and for Chili Verde Soup.
Pork Sirloin Roasts
I got another six pounds of pork sirloin roasts for $3.75 per pound.
I didn’t mean to delay nearly a year from one ButcherBox order to the next, but doing so turned out to be a smart move. I was able to continuously add deals to my cart, and then when I was ready to order, I could compare prices and only buy the best deals. This is the simple way I saved money on ButcherBox this year. If you would like to employ this strategy, keep in mind that ButcherBox generally has some great sales November through January.