Is Butcher Box worth the cost? Yes! Just pick your plan, then be intentional with the way you use your meats. Here are 6 ways we make Butcher Box prices affordable, so we can save money!
Have you ever been reluctant to try something, but then ended up loving it? That’s how I feel about Butcher Box.
I hemmed and hawed on trying their service for MONTHS. When I finally did, I actually loved having high-quality meat delivered to my door!
I shared my honest review on Butcher Box, after being a customer myself for several months.
Butcher Box definitely saves me time. What may be a secret though, is how I make Butcher Box prices work for my family budget. I get emails asking me this all the time, so I thought now would be a good time to let the cat out of the bag! Here’s how to make Butcher Box worth the cost.
SIX WAYS WE MAKE BUTCHER BOX PRICES AFFORDABLE
1. WE WENT BACK TO VIEWING MEAT “ON THE SIDE.”
Several years ago when we were actively reducing our grocery budget, we couldn’t afford a lot of meat. That’s just the way it was. Fast forward and there was a time when we were eating Whole30, which requires a lot of produce AND a lot of meat. (By the way, Butcher Box meats are all Whole 30 compliant, if that’s something you’re looking for.)
We came to two conclusions:
- We wanted to eat more plants and fewer animals.
- The animals we did eat, we wanted them to be either grass-fed or pastured.
Fortunately, these two go hand in hand – eating less meat means being able to afford better quality.
Keep in mind that this is how MY FAMILY has chosen to eat. You should do what’s best for you and your family and priorities.
2. WE BUY THE “CUSTOM” CLASSIC BOX, AND I’M INTENTIONAL WITH THE CUTS I CHOOSE.
Being intentional with the cuts I put in my “custom” box means being able to save BIG TIME. Let me explain.
All cuts at Butcher Box have a value of “one” and you choose six cuts for a “classic” sized box. Here are some examples of what “one cut” looks like, just to give you an idea:
- 12 oz package of sugar-free and Whole30 compliant bacon
- 2 lbs of ground pork
- 5.5 lbs bone-in pork butt
- 3 lbs of boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 3 lbs chicken drumsticks
- 3.5 – 4.5 lb whole chicken
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 10 oz ribeyes
- 2.25 lbs chuck roast
I have one goal when I log in to change my monthly order: get as many pounds of meat as I possibly can so I can make my Butcher Box subscription worth the cost. Here’s how I do that:
- Choose a whole chicken instead of the chicken breasts.
- Select the center-cut pork loin instead of the pork chops.
- Choose the chuck roast instead of the premium steak tips.
Let me give you an example. A classic box (6 units) of organic chicken breasts (about 3 lbs per unit) would be $169 / 6 / 3 = $9.39/lb.
A big box (12 units) comes out to $8.50/lb.
You can then take that price and compare it to local prices for the SAME quality meat. Personally, I’ve found high-quality chicken locally for better, but not beef or pork.
Bear in mind, this isn’t exactly what I order every month. It’s more of my methodology: Choose big roasts or whole pieces instead of individual cuts. For instance, sirloin tips are 1 lb (one unit) while brisket is 2.75 lbs (also one unit).
- If I do the work myself, I can order 20+ pounds of grass-fed and pastured meat, delivered to my front door for about $10 per pound. It also means I can make the one box last us all month long.
- Note: Doing the work myself is one of the key points I teach in my course Grocery Budget Bootcamp. If I choose to let Butcher Box do the work, I can order as little as 6 pounds of meat and pay close to $15 per pound.
3. I BOUGHT MY BUTCHER BOX SUBSCRIPTION DURING A PROMOTION ON THE MEAT WE EAT OFTEN.
I bought my subscription when Butcher Box was offering free 2 lbs of ground beef with every box for the life of the subscription.
Not only is that free ground beef (which is a no-brainer), but it’s also meat that I don’t have to add to my box or that I’d have to buy at the store… every single month.
I’ve seen several Butcher Box promotions come through my inbox, but I chose the free ground beef promotion because…
- It’s one of the most versatile meats we cook with – there are TONS of ways to use it!!
- My kids and I really enjoy ground beef!
- It comes EVERY month, not just the first month.
- I can stretch two pounds of ground beef into SEVEN different meals! (Here’s a meal plan on stretching two pounds of ground beef over one week!)
4. I PAY ATTENTION TO THE SPECIALS.
This used to be a monthly thing, but Butcher Box now has member-only specials that you can add to your order.
These might not be a good deal if you have access to a local butcher shop or find a great deal on grass-fed beef or pastured chicken, but for those who want to eat better meat and can’t find it locally, this is a great option!
5. I WASTE NOTHING.
To make it worth the cost, I make sure that I waste absolutely NOTHING from my monthly Butcher Box subscription.
- I save ALL the chicken bones for Homemade Stock.
- Leftover meat gets reused for dishes like Pork and Potato Soup, or Southwest Chicken Salad, or I freeze it for a future meal.
- I save bacon grease to cook with.
- I render beef fat into tallow and cook with that too.
6. I STRETCH THE BUTCHER BOX MEATS I DO BUY.
- 2lbs of ground beef can last my family 7 days.
- I can make one whole chicken last a week.
- One pork loin can cover 7 different meals.
And I can do all of this without my family feeling like we’ve been deprived.
Here’s the kicker though – add up all those days and you have 24 meals out of just 3 “cuts” from Butcher Box. That’s nearly a whole month of meals with only HALF of a Classic Custom box. You still have 3 other “cuts” left!
Bonus idea: Don’t buy the cuts you can get locally. If you have a local farm that sells organic chicken at an amazing price, buy local. Just use Butcher Box for grass-fed beef and pastured pork! This way you are buying what you need at the quality you want for the best possible price.
If you’ve been wanting to try Butcher Box and you’ve been holding out, here’s your chance.
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BUTCHER BOX FAQs
What is Butcher Box?
Simply said, Butcher Box is a meat delivery subscription. They specialize in high quality meat:
1. 100% Grass-fed and Grass-finished Beef. The cattle are humanely raised, live their entire life on pasture, and are never given antibiotics or hormones. They eat a natural diet of grass and they may be given silage or hay if the weather prevents them from grazing.
2. Free-Range Organic Chicken. The free-range chicken spend most of their lives foraging in the field with plenty of room to move around and interact with other chickens. Thanks to all this exercise, these birds will naturally be leaner than conventional chicken.
3. Heritage Breed Pork. The humanely raised pork that Butcher Box sources has been specifically chosen for its rich color and marbled texture. There is no tail docking and the animals are either on pasture or raised in open barns with bedding and space to engage in natural behaviors as if they were outside.
4. Wild Caught Seafood. Their variety of wild-caught seafood is sustainably harvested with no additives or coloring added. Currently, they offer shrimp, scallops, salmon, and lobster.
I prefer mixed boxes where I select the cuts of meat I want. You can also choose a beef box, pork box, or chicken box if you just want one type of meat.
How much are Butcher Box prices?
I covered this pretty extensively in my honest review of Butcher Box, but here’s the summary.
Butcher Box prices vary depending on which box you choose: Classic and Big Box.
• The Classic Box is $149 and comes with 9-14lbs of meat. This comes out to an average of $10.64 to $16.55 per pound.
• The Big Box is $270 and comes with 18-26lbs of meat. This comes out to an average of $10.38 to $15 per pound. Right off the bat, the Big Box is the better deal.
You can choose to have a box delivered once a month, or every other month.
If you decide on the once-a-month option, you can “postpone” delivery one month if finances are tight, or if you aren’t ready for another delivery just yet.
Is Butcher Box worth the cost?
Yes! Use the same tips that I use, and you can actually save money! Butcher Box prices per box might sound like a lot but consider how much you CURRENTLY spend on meat. Have you ever sat down and tracked your meat expenses? You might be surprised!
Are Butcher Box prices cheaper than the grocery store?
If you compare the prices of grass-fed meat at local grocery stores, Butcher Box prices can actually save you money. Plus, the quality and convenience of Butcher Box meats beat out the grocery store grass-fed meat any day!
Are Butcher Box prices cheaper than Costco?
There are a lot of frugal real foods I like to buy at Costco, but meat isn’t high on that list. Generally, Costco has lower-quality meats than what we currently look for, so while the prices may be cheaper, it’s not quite an apples-to-apples comparison.
Can you get ButcherBox Meat without a subscription?
Butcher Box is a subscription-based meat delivery service, so no, you can’t order a box without a subscription. You CAN choose the frequency of your deliveries – either once a month or every other month. And you can postpone your delivery by a month if you aren’t ready for the next box. You can also cancel your meat subscriptions at any time.
RECIPES TO USE YOUR BUTCHER BOX MEATS
- Instant Pot Ground Beef
- Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Pot Roast
- Beef Enchilada Casserole
- Cheeseburger Soup
- Slow Cooker Carnitas
- Almond Crusted Chicken
- 15 Minute Kung Pao Chicken
- Chicken Piccata
- Sweet and Sticky Chicken
- Blackened Salmon