Canadian Quick Questions: Do You Buy Per Pack Priced Fresh Meat?


I don’t buy meat at Walmart often, but yesterday while shopping, I needed to pick up some chicken breasts and did not want to go to our usual store after Walmart, nor carry chicken around for an hour in Walmart.  I know there is always a difference in weights, but the difference really surprised me with these $9 packs with roughly 5 chicken breasts per pack.  This is just a few of them but shows the lowest and highest weights I could find, a difference of 388g, a bit under 1lb.

  • 1.65lb @ $5.46/lb
  • 1.89lb @ $4.76/lb
  • 2.39lb @ $3.76/lb
  • 2.5lb @ $3.60/lb

Fortinos, my local grocery store, has chicken breasts at $3.99/lb this week so by buying the largest pack, I did save some money.   The number of packs with under 900g/2lbs far outweighed the heavier packs however and most people would end up paying far more (a lot more with these weights).

Do you buy meat priced per pack, do you also dig through the display looking for the best deal?

16 responses to “Canadian Quick Questions: Do You Buy Per Pack Priced Fresh Meat?”

  1. Natalka says:

    I never buy meat priced per pack – the only caveat to that for us is buying pork loin chops at Sobeys when they are on for $1 each because they are big and fresh and tasty, totally worth the cost.
    I only buy chicken breasts when the value packs go on for $4.39/kg – $1.99 per pound.

  2. Olivercat says:

    I do buy meat ‘packs’, but I am careful to compare price per pound. I also compare the amount of liquid (extra weight), amount of visible fat (also extra weight) before I buy. I have purchased the prime chicken breast on sale, and they were a lot less in cost comparing to the butcher packs, and really delicious.

  3. nisiepie says:

    I don’t shop at walmart often, but when I do, I’m in a drunken stupor


    seriously tho, when I buy meat I buy lots, and I buy quality. getting a good deal is a bonus, but for my family that isn’t the deciding factor 🙂

  4. Elizabeth says:

    My Food Basics sells some meat in this way, but does not print the weight of the meat on the label. There really isn’t a way to tell accurately how much per pound or kilogram you are spending, so I never buy these.

  5. jer says:

    I’m not a fan of those flat price packs…I think they’re a trick. And same with Natalka I buy at $1.99/lb for boneless skinless

  6. madryn_m says:

    I buy meat priced per pound, and I always buy the smallest package since I know regardless of the size, I’ll use two chicken breasts when I’m cooking for my husband and myself.

  7. Caroli says:

    If i do buy anything that’s a set price, if the weight is not mentioned I weigh it on their scale..I do this even with peppers ex (4 in a pkg) for $2.00, there’s usually a big difference in weight. Always weigh the item if you’re not sure..I don’t do it all the time but any items that are sold in bags, apples, oranges, potatoes etc 2lbs, 5lbs, 10lbs they are never exact, you can usually find bags that are over.

  8. Leslie says:

    I never buy these packs, I don’t want to encourage all the merchants to sell meat this way. Save-On is trying now, too. We lose our buying power when we don’t know what weight we are paying for.

  9. tammy says:

    I have never bought meat from walmart, it skeves me out

  10. Danifish says:

    I only buy meat from the local butcher. Tastes way better and comparable in price!! No to mention after watching this video ( ) I don’t think I will EVER buy meat from somewhere like walmart or costco EVER again….

  11. Zay says:

    I too will only buy from the butcher. Just don’t trust these so called deals.

  12. Murray says:

    I never do. I think it’s a almost criminal to prey on customers this way. Especially Food Basics where you can’t work out the cost. I guess if people want to buy it this way it’s ok and their fault for not educating themselves.

    Personally I avoid this meat and actually avoid the entire store. I just use their flyers in pricematching. no walmart, no food basics.

  13. Shirnette says:

    When I buy meat, the per pound value always have to be visible/known. I don’t buy meat @ WM though DH has bought 2 pls whole chicken before.

  14. Mary Walsh says:

    I think everyone has to decide for themselves what they want to feed their families. I have bought the chicken packs with set prices at Walmart and do look for the best weight, dates on the package, and just how the chicken looks. I have never had a problem and certainly never got sick from their meats. There is also never extra fat hidden under the meat as some other stores tend to do. I also buy from butchers and Costco. Gut-feeling always seems to factor in when I buy food. —if I like the looks of it I buy it.

  15. daddy jake says:

    I will only buy these if I can see the weight and then grab the heaviest one.

    I always look at several packs when buying by weight. I often find packages that are cheaper because they used the wrong price on some 😉


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