According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on average, a 3-ounce serving of lean beef is only 153 calories yet a naturally rich source of 10 essential nutrients -- including protein, zinc, iron and B-vitamins -- that are needed for a healthy, active lifestyle. Twenty-nine cuts of beef are categorized as lean meat. Save money by stocking up on meats that you use most often when they are on sale. Owning a deep freezer is handy and will pay for itself over time. Buy enough meat to last until the next sale cycle so you will never have to pay full price. Here are some of the meat, poultry and seafood deals around central Ohio for the week of Monday, April 5.

*Carfagna's (Columbus) New York strip steak - $5.99 (9 oz. each) Ground chuck - 2 lbs for $5.00 Ground round - $3.69 lb Ground sirloin - $3.69 lb Chopped sirloins - $1.89 lb Ground chuck patties - $34.95 (10 lb box) Sirloin tip crock pot roast - $3.79 lb Sirloin tip London broil - $3.99 lb Chicken leg quarters - $.59 lb Tender whole chickens - $1.19 lb Italian sausage patties - $.99 each Brat Patties - $.99 each Spicy chipotle cheddar patties - $.99 each Tilapia fillets - $6.99 lb Orange roughy - $8.99 lb Gulf shrimp - $8.99 lb (26-30 ct.) Sea scallops - $17.99 lb. Bahama mamas - $4.49 lb Falters bulk sliced bacon - $3.89 lb Buy any one of their freezer family values of $99.00 or more and receive an extra 5 lbs of ground beef free

*Kroger (Columbus) Boneless skinless chicken breasts - $1.99 lb (plain or choice of 15 marinade flavors) Baby back spare ribs - $2.99 lb USDA choice top sirloin steak - $4.99 lb Assorted pork chops - $2.29 lb Kroger boneless chicken breasts, cutlets or tenderloins - $5.99 (frozen, select varieties, 2.5-3 lb bag) Kroger drumsticks or thighs - $.99 lb (frozen, sold in 4 lb bag for $3.96) Private Selection Angus gourmet beef patties - $3.99 lb Private Selection Angus ground chuck - ($3.29 lb) USDA choice boneless chuck roast - $3.49 lb Center cut pork chops - $3.29 lb (bone-in) Private Selection boneless turkey breast roast - $7.99 (frozen, 2.5 lb pkg.) Kroger ground turkey - 2 for $5.00 (19.2 oz. pkg.) Sugardale bacon - $3.99 (select varieties, 12-16 oz.) Tennessee Pride breakfast sausage - 2 for $6.00 (select varieties, 16 oz. roll) Johnsonville brats or Italian sausage - $3.99 (select varieties, 19.76 oz.) Eckrich smoked sausage or smok-y links - 2 for $5.00 (select varieties, 10-16 oz.) Atlantic salmon or rub red trout fillets - $7.99 lb (farm raised) Kroger breaded shrimp poppers - 4 for $5.00 (frozen, 6 oz.) Kroger fish fillets or scallops - 40% off

*Meijer (central Ohio) Boneless skinless chicken breasts - $1.99 lb USDA choice chuck-eye roast or family pack steaks - $3.49 lb USDA choice T-Bone or Porterhouse steak - $7.99 lb USDA choice boneless ball tip steak or sizzlers - $4.99 lb Center cut half boneless pork loin - $1.99 lb Naturwell all natural ground beef - $3.49 lb Jennie-O Turkey Store bratwurst or Italian sausage links or fresh lean ground turkey - 20% off (14-20 oz. pkg. Excludes extra lean and tenderloin) Meijer chicken wings - $6.99 (64 oz. pkg. frozen) Smithfield premium sliced bacon - 2 for $5.00 (16 oz. pkg.) Kahn's, Ball Park or Grillmasters beef franks - $2.69 (14-16 oz. pkg.) Armour LunchMakers or pepperoni or Carando lunchmeat - $.99 (2.6-3.3 oz. pkg. all varieties) Odom's Tennessee Pride roll pork sausage - 2 for $5.00 (16 oz. pkg. all varieties) Bar S jumbo meat franks, chicken franks or bologna - $.99 (16 oz. pkg.) Markets of Meijer deli meat - $5.49 (turkey or chicken breast or ham) Deli Fiorucci hard salami or Genoa salami with wine - $4.99 lb Wild caught cod fillets or fresh tilapia or toasted crumb tilapia fillets - $5.99 lb SeaPak breaded shrimp or fish - $4.99 (8-22 oz. pkg. frozen) Meijer cooked tail-on shrimp - $6.99 (16 oz. pkg. frozen) Deli Markets of Meijer 8 Pc. bucket of fried chicken or 10 Pc. bucket dark meat - $4.99

*Giant Eagle (central Ohio) USDA choice top round London broil - buy 1 get 1 free 85% lean ground round - $2.99 lb (4 lbs or more) Canadian Atlantic salmon - $8.99 lb USDA choice T-Bone steaks - $8.99 lb USDA choice semi-boneless standing rib roast - $7.99 lb USDA choice semi-boneless rib steaks value pack - $8.59 lb Semi-boneless leg-o-lamb - $6.99 lb Boneless rolled leg-o-lamb - $7.99 lb Bone-in pork shoulder butt roast - $2.29 lb G.E. boneless chicken nuggets - $4.59 lb G.E. sliced bacon - $3.79 (12 or 16 oz.) G.E. pork tenderloins - $4.99 lb Smithfield lean generation regular or marinated pork tenderloins - $4.99 lb Bone-in pork shoulder western ribs or blade steaks - $2.49 lb USDA choice fillet mignon - $15.99 lb USDA choice whole beef tenderloin - $14.99 Top sirloin kabobs with vegetables - $8.99 lb Pork sirloin or chicken breast - $7.99 lb USDA choice Semi-boneless standing rib roast - $8.99 lb USDA boneless rib-eye Delmonico roast - $10.99 lb Sugardale sliced bacon - 2 for $7.00 (12 oz.) Bob Evans rolls, links or patties - $3.09 (12 to 16 oz.) Oscar Mayer meat or turkey franks or meat bologna - buy 1 get 1 free Hillshire farm polska kielbasa or smoked sausage - 2 for $6.00 (14-16 oz.) Kahn's franks - 2 for $6.00 (16 oz.) Market District natural casing wieners - $3.99 (16 oz.) Slovenian style kielbasa - $3.99 (14 oz.) Whole rotisserie chicken - $4.99 each

*Save-A-Lot (Columbus locations) Chicken leg quarters - $.49 lb (sold in 10 lb bag for $4.90, frozen) Fairgrounds hot dogs - $1.00 (16 oz. pkg.) Bone-in pork sirloin roast - $1.49 lb T-Bone or Porterhouse steaks - $6.99 lb 73% lean ground beef - $2.19 lb Ground chuck - $2.99 lb Boneless round steak - $4.29 lb Bottom round roast - $3.99 lb Sirloin tip steak - $4.19 lb Flank steak - $6.99 lb Cube steak - $3.99 lb Strip steak - $9.79 lb T-Bone steak - $9.49 lb Porterhouse steak - $9.69 lb Top sirloin steak - $5.79 lb Filet mignon - $13.99 lb Skirt steak - $5.99 lb Rib roast - $9.39 lb Boneless rib-eye steak - $9.59 lb Chuck roast - $3.79 lb English roast - $3.99 lb Beef stew meat - $3.99 lb Pork steak - $2.39 lb Western pork ribs - $2.39 lb Center cut pork loin chops - $3.69 lb Pork sirloin chops - $2.19 lb Spare ribs - $2.79 lb Baby back ribs - $4.49 lb Whole boneless pork loin - $3.29 lb Sugardale spiral hams - $2.49 lb Bulk store bacon - $2.69 lb Whole fryer chicken - $.99 lb Split chicken breast - $1.99 lb Chicken drumsticks or thighs - $1.99 lb Chicken wings - $1.79 lb Boneless chicken breasts - $3.99 lb Boneless chicken breast tenders - $3.29 lb Boneless skinless chicken thighs - $1.99 lb Chicken leg quarters - $.99 lb Honeysuckle white frozen turkey breast - $1.49 lb Butterball frozen turkey - $.99 lb Catfish nuggets - $2.29 lb Catfish fillets - $4.99 lb Save-A-Lot 22-pound meat box - $44.99 includes:*3 lbs boneless beef chuck roasts *5 lbs ground beef *5 lbs chicken leg quarters *3 lbs assorted pork chops *3 lbs bacon *3 lbs sausage

*Valu King (Reynoldsburg) Sugardale ham portions - $1.19 lb Sugardale ham butt roast - $1.29 lb USDA choice bottom round roast - $2.99 lb 85% lean ground beef - $2.99 lb USDA select semi boneless standing rib roast - $6.99 lb Boneless center cut pork loin roast or value pack chops - $3.99 lb Sugardale bone-in half spiral sliced ham - $1.99 lb Whole frying chicken - $.99 lb Sugardale whole semi-boneless ham - $1.99 lb USDA select semi-boneless rib steak value pack - $7.99 lb Chicken leg quarters value pack - $.89 lb Sugardale Country Inn whole boneless ham - $2.39 lb Striped Pangasius fillet - $2.99 lb Cooked cocktail shrimp - $6.49 lb (sold in 2 lb bag) Honeysuckle White turkey breast - $1.99 lb Sugardale bacon - $2.79 (12 oz.) Hillshire Farm ultra thin or heavy sliced lunchmeat - $3.29 (8-9 oz) Emberdale bologna - $1.79 lb Smithfield chopped ham - $1.99 lb Honeysuckle White oven prepared turkey breast - $3.99 lb Sugardale Cleveland bologna - $2.99 lb Glenrock Virginia ham - $3.99 lb Valu-Time turkey breast - $1.99 lb Hard salami - $3.99 lb Riverside smoked turkey - $2.99 lb Sliced pepperoni - $3.99 lb Whole rotisserie chicken - $4.49 lb

*Nick's Market (Columbus) 85% lean ground chuck - $2.59 lb USDA choice T-bone steak - $6.99 lb Bone-in chicken breast - $.99 lb Boneless pork sirloin chops - $1.79 lb Western ribs - $1.99 lb Party wings - $3.49 (IQF, 2.5 lb bag) Miller Amish fresh spit chicken fryer - $1.19 lb Miller Amish pick o chick - $1.29 lb Our Family jumbo hot dog - $1.29 (16 oz. pkg.) Isaly's chipped chopped ham - $2.79 lb Sugardale bacon - $2.99 (16 oz. selected varieties) Trans Ocean imitation crab or lobster - $1.89 lb

*Jewett's IGA (Mt. Sterling) T-bone or Porterhouse steaks - $7.99 lb Ground beef - $2.19 lb Chicken leg quarters - $.59 lb (sold in 10 lb bag) Bottom round roast - $2.99 lb Bottom round steaks - $3.49 lb Assorted pork chops - $1.99 lb Tyson boneless chicken breast - $1.99 lb Bone-in center cut pork chops - $2.59 lb Kahn's sliced bologna - 2 for $5.00 (1 lb pkg.) Carolina Pride sliced lunchmeat - 2 for $4.00 (10 oz.) Valu Time sliced bacon - $2.29 (1 lb pkg.) Valu Time 4x6 ham or turkey - $2.29 (12 oz.) Deli sliced IGA Virginia ham - $3.49 lb Deli sliced IGA honey cured ham - $3.49 lb Deli sliced IGA oven roasted turkey breast - $4.99 lb Deli sliced IGA smoked turkey breast - $4.99 lb

*Ashville (Ashville) Assorted pork chops - $1.99 lb Ground beef - $2.29 lb T-bone steaks - $7.99 lb Ground beef - $2.29 lb Boneless bottom round roast - $2.69 lb Boneless bottom round roast - $2.99 lb Boneless bottom round steaks - $3.49 lb Chicken leg quarters - $.69 lb Bone-in assorted pork chops - $1.99 lb Bone-in center cut pork chops - $2.69 lb Carolina Pride sliced bacon - 2 for $5.00 (12 oz.) Kahn's sliced bologna - 2 for $5.00 (1 lb pkgs.) Carolina Pride sliced ham or turkey - 2 for $4.00 (10 oz.) Carolina Pride smoked sausage - 2 for $4.00 (1 lb pkg.) Deli sliced cooked ham - $2.99 lb KB bologna - $1.99 lb Deli Charley Biggs' fried chicken 8 piece mixed - $8.99

*Mosier's IGA (Raymond) Boneless pork western ribs - $2.39 lb Boneless pork butt roast - $1.89 lb Boneless skinless chicken breast - $1.79 lb (10 lbs) Boneless skinless chicken breast - $2. 49 lb Boneless top sirloin steaks - $4.59 lb Whole boneless pork loins - $2.39 lb Smoked store bacon - $3.69 lb (3 lbs or more $2.99 lb) Store made oven ready ham or meat loaf - $1.99 lb (5 lbs) Store made oven ready ham or meat loaf - $2.49 lb Fresh jumbo chicken wings - $1.39 lb (5 lb pack) Boneless beef cube steak or charcoal steak - $3.49 lb New York strip or T-bone steak - $6.49 lb Ground beef - $2.29 lb (5 lb pkg. ) Ground chuck - $2.59 lb (5 lb pkg.) Ground sirloin - $3.39 lb (3 lb pkg.)

*Hometown Market (Utica, Centerburg, Wadsworth, Canton, Richwood Cardinal) USDA choice T-bone steak - $10.00 lb. Pork blade steak - $3.00 lb Farmland boneless chef’s prime roast - $2.00 lb Boneless center cut pork chops - $4.00 lb Gerber all natural pick of the chicken - 2 lbs for $3.00 Sugardale Cleveland bologna - $3.00 Trans Ocean imitation crab meat - 2 for $4.00 (8 oz. each) Hillshire Farms Deli Select lunchmeats - $4.00 (8 -9 oz. each) Bar S jumbo beef franks - $3.00 (1 lb pkg.) Bar S sliced bologna - $.99 (12 oz.) Walnut Creek smoked turkey breast - $5.00 lb Starkist chunk light tuna in water - 5 for $4.00 (5 oz.)

*Carnival Foods (Heath, Lancaster and Circleville) USDA select T-bone steak - $4.78 lb (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday only) Boneless pork sirloin chops - $1.98 lb. (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday only) Boneless pork sirloin chops - $2.28 lb (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) USDA select bone-in New York strip steak - $3.88 each (8 oz.) Frozen split chicken breasts - $.98 lb Farmland all natural baby back ribs - $3.98 lb USDA select boneless top sirloin steak - $4.88 lb USDA select boneless beef steak - $4.48 (8 oz. each Boneless charcoal steak - $3.98 lb Boneless sirloin tip steak - $3.98 lb Beef or pork pepper steak - $3.48 lb Bay's cubed round steak - $3.58 lb Boneless round steak - $2.98 lb USDA choice boneless English roast - $3.28 lb Ground beef - $1.98 lb. Center cut pork chops - $2.88 lb USDA choice boneless English roast - $3.28 lb Boneless pork sirloin chops - $2.28 lb Chicken leg quarters - $.78 lb Store made bratwurst - $2.28 lb Assorted pork chops - $1.98 lb Gerber Amish drumsticks or thighs - $1.28 lb Bob Evans rolls sausage - $2.98 (1 lb pkg.) Bar-S original franks - $.88 (12 oz. pkg.) Steak-umm sliced sandwich steaks - $3.68 (10.5 oz.) Tyson breaded chicken tenders - $3.98 (25.5 oz.) Eckrich smoked sausage - 2 for $5.00 (1 lb pkg.) Butterball sliced bacon - 2 for $4.00 (12 oz.) Eckrich franks or sliced bologna - $1.68 lb Bar-S classic corn dogs - 2 for $10.00 (3 lb box) Old Fashioned bulk sliced bacon - $2.88 lb Smithfield Paula Dean sausage links - 2 for $5.00 (8-oz. pkg.) George Jone's sausage & biscuits - $3.98 (21 oz.) Deli Lipari white turkey breast - $2.88 lb Deli Russer German bologna - $2.48 lb Chipped chopped ham - $1.98 lb Deli Dan's prize roast beef - $4.68 lb (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday only)

*Huffman's Market (Upper Arlington) Whole beef tenderloin $7.99 lb "Be Inspired" pork baby back ribs - $4.99 lb USDA choice boneless strip steak - $7.99 lb Hickory smoked spiral sliced Hham $3.69 lb USDA choice beef flank steak $7.99 lb Fresh from U.S.A rack of lamb $19.99 lb Salmon filet farm raised - $10.49 lb Fresh leg of lamb - $9.99 lb Sushi tuna (wild from Indonesia) - $9.99 lb Lamb shank - $7.99 lb Cod filet - $8.59 lb

*The Fresh Market (Columbus) Spiral cut ham - $3.48 lb Lobster tails - 2 for $20.00 Rack of lamb - $15.99 lb Premium choice whole beef tenderloin - $10.99 lb Wild caught flounder fillets - $9.99 lb Fiorucci Pancetta Italian ham - $8.99 lb

*The Hills Market (Worthington) Winter's brand spiral sliced fire glazed ham - $3.49 lb (8-10 lb average) Hill's own braised brisket with 36 cloves of garlic - $6.99 lb Chairman's Reserve boneless pork chops or roasts - $4.99 lb Oscar Mayer fully cooked bacon - $4.29 lb Alaskan halibut - $25.99 lb

*Aldi (Ohio) Appleton Farms spiral sliced half honey ham - $1.49 lb (8 lb average) Appleton Farms smoked ham butt portion - $1.29 lb (7 lb pkg.) Appleton Farms smoked ham shank portion - $1.19 lb (8 lb pkg.) 73% lean ground beef - $2.19 lb Ground chuck - $2.99 lb Boneless round steak - $4.29 lb Bottom round roast - $3.99 lb Sirloin tip steak - $4.19 lb Flank steak - $6.99 lb Cube steak - $3.99 lb Strip steak - $9.79 lb T-Bone steak - $9.49 lb Porterhouse steak - $9.69 lb Top sirloin steak - $5.79 lb Filet mignon - $13.99 lb Skirt steak - $5.99 lb Rib roast - $9.39 lb Boneless rib-eye steak - $9.59 lb Chuck roast - $3.79 lb English roast - $3.99 lb Beef stew meat - $3.99 lb Pork steak - $2.39 lb Western pork ribs - $2.39 lb Center cut pork loin chops - $3.69 lb Pork sirloin chops - $2.19 lb Spare ribs - $2.79 lb Baby back ribs - $4.49 lb Whole boneless pork loin - $3.29 lb Sugardale spiral hams - $2.49 lb Bulk store bacon - $2.69 lb Whole fryer chicken - $.99 lb Split chicken breast - $1.99 lb Chicken drumsticks or thighs - $1.99 lb Chicken wings - $1.79 lb Boneless chicken breasts - $3.99 lb Boneless chicken breast tenders - $3.29 lb Boneless skinless chicken thighs - $1.99 lb Chicken leg quarters - $.99 lb Honeysuckle white frozen turkey breast - $1.49 lb Butterball frozen turkey - $.99 lb Catfish nuggets - $2.29 lb Catfish fillets - $4.99 lb

*Trader Joe's (Columbus) Uncured apple smoked bacon - $3.99 (12 oz. pkg.) Fully cooked apple smoked uncured bacon - $4.99 (3.25 oz. box of 15 strips) Peppered uncured apple smoked turkey bacon - $2.99 (8 oz. pkg.) Mango chicken sausages - $3.99 (14 oz. pkg.) Wine country chicken salad - $4.49 (12 oz. container) Canned red sockeye salmon - $2.49 (7.5 oz. can) Yellow fin tuna in oil - $1.99 (5 oz. can) Lightly smoked sardines in olive oil - $1.69 (4.25 oz. can

*Whole Foods Market (Columbus) Bone-in beef rib steak - $10.99 lb Farm raised whole Branzini - $7.99 lb Air chilled boneless skinless chicken thighs - $2.99 lb Beef short ribs - $4.99 lb In-house roast beef - $9.99 lb

*GFS (central Ohio) Ground beef sirloin steak burgers - $15.99 (30 oz. box) Tail-on tiger shrimp - $14.99 (5 lb pkg.) Beer battered cod - $25.99 (5 lb pkg.) Pork back ribs - $19.99 (2 ct.) Beef fajita meat - $17.99 (3 lb pkg.) Uncooked breaded boneless chicken Kiev - $11.79 (6 pack - 36 oz. box) Uncooked breaded boneless chicken cordon bleu - $10.99 (6 pack - 36 oz. box) Whole frozen turkey - $1.55 lb Cooked chili lime chicken wings - $10.79 (4 lb pkg.) Cooked buffalo style split chicken wings - $9.99 (4 lb pkg.) GFS raw chicken tenderloin - $9.49 (5 lb pkg.) GFS cooled spicy chicken breast - $19.99 GFS frozen boneless skinless chicken breast with rib meat - $9.99 (5 lb bag) Johnsonville brats or Italian sausage - $13.29 (4.5 lb pkg.) Beef & pork franks - $16.99 (10 lb pkg.)

*Sam's Club (central Ohio) Beef brisket flat - $3.96 lb Boneless lamb leg - $5.97 lb Pork loin assorted chops - $1.98 lb Chuck roast - $3.69 lb New York strip steaks - $6.97 lb Rib-eye steaks - $6.98 lb Top sirloin steaks - $4.48 lb Members Mark boneless skinless chicken breasts - $1.98 lb Turkey tenderloins - $12.98 (3 lb pkg.) Boneless pork loin - $2.18 lb Pork spare ribs - $2.27 lb. Pork loin back ribs - $3.27 lb. Jennie - O ground turkey - $2.19 lb. (sold in a 5 lb. roll for $10.97) Tyson all natural boneless skinless chicken breasts - $2.88 lb. (fresh, individually wrapped) Tyson chicken thighs or drums - $.98 lb. Tyson boneless chicken thighs - $2.18 lb. Lobster tails - $18.74 lb. Pork loin back ribs - $2.67 lb. 92% lean Laura's ground beef - $11.86 (3 lb. pkg.) Members Mark parmesan garlic seasoned pork loin - $3.98 lb. Parmesan ranch turkey tender loin - $13.98 (2 loins per pack) Jennie-O garlic & roasted red pepper turkey tenderloin - $12.98 (2 tenderloins) Wright hickory - $12.98 (3.5 lb. pkg.) Wright maple or pepper bacon - $13.48 (3.5 lb. pkg.) Smithfield ham steak - $2.98 lb. EZ peel shrimp - $19.95 lb. Tilapia $5.98 lb. Steelhead fillet trout - $6.28 lb. (skin on) Nordic crown smoked salmon - $11.98 (12 oz. pkg.) *Wholesale clubs keep their prices fairly static. I will update periodically to reflect the changes.

For now happy shopping!

Laurie Dixon, TheBAG Lady