If you’re planning on doing a lot of grilling this summer, consider these easy cost-cutting tips from Jeanette Pavini, Coupons.com savings expert:
Make Your Own Marinade
According to Pavini, the key to a good marinade is making sure to include three things: an acid to tenderize the meat (like citrus juice), herbs and spices to season the meat (we like cilantro and cumin), and oil to lock in flavor and moisture.
Do Double Duty on the Grill
“Remember, the grill’s not just for meat,” Jeanette says. “Make your grill do double duty so you’re getting the most out of your charcoal, and don’t waste energy by firing up the stove, too.” She suggests grilling garlic bread, vegetables, and dessert outdoors too.
Save on Meat
Ask your butcher what time of day she or he typically mark down the meat; then, stock up and save! Or buy larger cuts of meat or bone-in cuts of meat — you’ll spend less than you would purchasing the same amount of boneless, pre-portioned meat.
Save on Grill Necessities
Refill or exchange your propane tank. It’s a little bit of work to carry the old tank to the supermarket, gas station, or hardware store, but you’ll save money. And if you’re in the market for a new grill wait until after the Fourth of July and you’ll likely land a deal.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.
Jeanette Pavini is an award-winning savings expert who has contributed to the Coupons.com blog, The Wall Street Journal, and Market Watch. Her 30-minute Emmy-nominated show, The Daily Real, ran for 10 years on CBS and NBC and has received eight Press Club Awards for Best Program. Jeanette has also been featured as a guest on the TODAY Show and Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Show.