Precook and Freeze
Of course if you get the fresh food at a good price, you'll still want to make sure you use it before it goes bad; otherwise it wasn't such a great price. This may require a little bit of time and effort on your part, but if it's saving you money in the long run, it's worth it. Besides, you'll be saving yourself time later in the week or month by being a little prepared. You can also recruit your family to help and, at the same time, spend quality time together and teach the little ones a few things!
Precook Meat to Freeze and Save Time
If you stock up on some markdown meat, then you'll have to either cook it or freeze it within a few days before it's no longer any good. But you don't need to spend a lot of time doing this. Just about anything can be precooked and frozen and it will be as fresh as it was once it's thawed out. You don't need to make the complete meal; just cook the meat. If you normally use it ground up, then cook it and put it in freezer bags according to how much you will use with your recipe. Be sure to write the date and contents of the package on the freezer bag so you know what it is.
Prepare Foods from Bulk Packaging
If you would prefer to make some burgers out of the ground beef, chicken, or turkey that you purchased at a good price in bulk, you can form the patties and then freeze them individually. You may want to flash-freeze them first by putting them on a cookie sheet in a single layer in the freezer until they are almost completely frozen. Then you can stack them in the freezer bag and they won't stick together. This is great if you only want to use a few at a time; you won't have to thaw out the entire package.
If you find a good deal on chicken pieces in bulk, split the package up in the size that you'll use for cooking. Add any seasonings or marinades before you freeze them; then when you thaw out the package, it will be ready to cook. This is also a great way of using up dressings, marinades, and sauces that are close to expiring.