Want to enjoy a special steak dinner with your most special person this Valentine's Day? Looking to do that on a shoe string budget? We have some great steak ideas that will help you save money without sacrificing flavor. You will find some prices of what steaks are going for this year.
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Are you looking to have a romantic steak dinner this Valentine's Day but you just don't have the budget to spring for more expensive steaks??
Or maybe you want to be able to afford to add some lobster tails to the meal?
Let us share with you some cuts of steak to look out for as well as some ideas of what steaks may be on sale for Valentine's Day.
🥩 Cheap Steaks
Here is a list of steaks you can pick out that are flavorful but aren't as much money as the more expensive cuts. Click/tap each steak for more info on that cut.
|Chuck Eye steak||Whenever I think of good, cheap steaks the chuck eye steak is the one that comes to mind first.|
|Sirloin Filet steak||This steak is like a mock filet mignon. It is similar in shape and size, but at a fraction of the price.|
|Flat Iron||When it comes to flavor I think a flat iron steak can be as tasty as a Ribeye, Porterhouse, or New York Strip.|
Checking the ads for sales around Valentine's Day is a great way to save money on top dollar steaks. Luckily sales can be easy to find. Filet mignon is often on sale, but it still won't be cheap. You could opt for a whole beef tenderloin and cut your own steaks. You can freeze the ones you don't need for Valentine's Day. And it's nice to be able to cut them to your desired thickness.
New York Strip steaks are often on sale for Valentine's Day as well and are often priced better than Ribeyes. Look at this price for a family pack of strip steaks I found in 2021 at a Bashas grocery store near Phoenix, AZ. It's a great deal that brings people into the store to buy other things, just as stores do with turkeys for Thanksgiving.
I didn't want to eat all those steaks at once. So I vacuum sealed the rest of the pack and froze them for later.
🛁 Sous Vide
While this does require a special piece of equipment, I think it's the most powerful tool at your disposal for taking cheap steaks and turning them into something special. Mine has paid for itself in meat that I didn't ruin as well as enabling me to buy cheaper cuts and make them really good.
Here a couple suggestions for sous vide machines/immersion circulators on the cheaper side.
If you have the Instant Pot Duo Plus or similar model, you may already have a sous vide function. I am still testing it out for steaks, I have seen some good results with veggies I tried.
I wanted to take some time to look at what steaks are available at ALDI, a place many of us shop to try and stay within our budgets. Here is what I found this year.
|Grass Fed Strip Steak||$9.99/lb|
|Grass Fed Ribeye Steak||$9.99/lb|
|Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon||$5.99 for 2-5oz steaks|
|Petite Sirloin Steak||$11.29/lb|
|New York Strip Steak||$13.59/lb|
|Eye of Round||$8.49/lb|
|Whole Beef Tenderloin||$8.99/lb|
The best budget steak at ALDI would be the chuck eye at $5.39/lb. Follow our instructions and you will be pleased.
Now for $9.99/lb you can get grass fed steaks at ALDI. This is a great value. Not only is cheaper than most places for Ribeyes or Strip steaks but it's also it has better flavor for being grass fed beef. The steaks come in a two-pack and run around just over a pound for the two. 10 bucks for a good steak dinner plus your sides definitely beats eating out.
REVIEW - Check out our full review of the Grass Fed Ribeye at ALDI
The cheapest steak you will find at Costco is a Top Sirloin going for $7.99/lb.
Check out our 2022 Costco Beef Buying Guide for all the beef prices and tips on how to use each cut.
🥔 Side Dishes
Baked potato is the clear cheap option to go with. And they just fit so well with a steak dinner. For the best baked potato you ever had, bake them for not 1, but 2 hours at 400 degrees. Then open them up a bit and bake for another 10. This make them more fluffy.
Asparagus is quite popular and stores will run sales on it the week of Valentine's Day. February isn't the best time of year for asparagus. You may have to be more picky. Try to find thicker stalks, they have better flavor. We have a post all about picking out asparagus and telling if it's gone bad.