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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Greetings Thrifty Friends,

Independence Day is next week and EVERYbody is having a party. But you don't have to take out a small personal loan just to afford throwing a cookout for your friends and family.

Today I have a few simple ideas to help 'trim the fat' off of your grilling expenses.

Keep pinchin' those pennies,

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TODAY'S THRIFTY TIP: Be your own Butcher!

The central activity for a 4th of July party is grilling! And as anybody who has cooked for 20 or 30 people knows, it can get pretty expensive.

Avoid specialty cuts of meat. It is a good idea to learn how to carve your own cuts. Buying large cuts of meat is usually cheaper. All you have to so is cut these into small pieces. For instance, buy whole pork loin and cut it into pork loin chops. Also, try shopping at large meat markets where you can find better deals.

Chicken is a great choice for any cookout. Inexpensive, versatile, and easy to prepare chicken is always a favorite. The secret to saving money when buying chicken is to avoid the pre-cut pieces. With a little practice you can easily cut up a whole chicken. Or, you can grill whole chickens over low, indirect heat with a little extra time. Try looking up recipes for Beer butt (or beer can) chicken. It's easy and delicious.

Whether beef for pork, ribs are an inexpensive solution to any cookout and something everyone loves. The secret to any rib is to cook it low and slow so you get tender meat and great flavor.

BONUS TIP: Buy all aluminum.

You will certainly have tubs or coolers full of ice cold beverages. Make sure to buy pop and beer in aluminum cans and then put recycling bins right next to the coolers.

Recycling plastic water bottles is good for the environment, but recycling all that aluminum will bring you 30 to 40 cents per pound, depending on where you go!