Omaha Steaks – Mail order your meat and save?

By glblguy

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Now that we live up in the mountains and things aren’t just a short 5 minute drive down the road, we’ve been using mail-order services far more than we ever have in the past. One of the services we’re tried recently is Omaha Steaks. We’ve been talking about trying them for years and just never did. Given that our the local grocery store that sells good quality meat is a about a 40 minute drive round-trip, we decided to finally give Omaha Steaks a shot.

Pricing

Of course the very first thing I looked at was pricing. Their normal pricing is way more expensive than standard grocery store prices for select grade meat, which is primarily what Omaha Steaks sells. Their portions are also very small, half to 1/3 of what we would normally purchase in the grocery stores.

We did decide to take advantage of one of their first time customer deals that my wife found while clicking through on MyPoints.  For that particular deal, it looks like we just about broke even, but most of their deals they are incredibly expensive and I wouldn’t personally recommend using them, unless you’re willing to pay a significant amount for the price of convenience.

Let’s look at a current (at the time of this writing) offer they are promoting. They are offering free shipping on their Private Reserve Grand Trio which includes:

  • 2 (8 oz.) Private Reserve Top Sirloins
  • 2 (6 oz.) Private Reserve Filet Mignons
  • 2 (11 oz.) Private Reserve Boneless Strip Sirloins

The price for these 6 steaks is $119.99. If you do the math, this works to be right 3.125 lbs of meat. At 119.99, that’s $38.40 per pound. I did a quick search of the sales for our local grocery stores and found that Food Lion has boneless strip sirloins on-sale this week for $4.99 per pound. That’s a difference of $33.41 folks. Granted, I’m sure the cuts are better, but $33.41 per pound better?

To be completely fair, I did try to do a more apples to apples comparison. Omaha Steaks also sells 8 6oz top sirloins for $44.99. The cut in these particular top sirloins are closer in quality to those sold at Food Lion. Again, doing the math that works out to be $14.99 per pound and that doesn’t include shipping. Shipping prices start at $15.

Buying from Omaha Steaks is NOT in any way shape or form a good deal. To be very honest, at their prices, I am not sure how they stay in business. The only exception to this is if you take advantage of one of their new customer introductory specials like we did. These offers are not typically found on their website, but through other special partnerships through companies like MyPoints.

Quality and packaging

With that said, the steaks were good. The portions were incredibly small, but the steak cut and flavor were pretty good. I particularly enjoyed the hamburgers that came with our “sampler pack”. Still not good enough to justify the price, but good.

The strangest thing about Omaha Steaks meat is that it’s plastic wrapped, which if you are used to purchasing your meats from the local store on butcher, just makes the meat feel cheap. Each type of meat comes in a cardboard box which contains your meats vacuum sealed in a thick plastic. It works, and keeps the meat fresh, but just awkward.

One of the best things, at least in my opinion of ordering from Omaha Steaks is that the meat is shipped packed in dry ice. We had a blast playing with it. We made a foggy mist all across our dining room floor by placing the dry ice in a bowl of water. Guessing there are more inexpensive options for buying dry ice though ;-)

In summary

We won’t be using Omaha Steaks for our meats anytime in the future. It was fun to try, and we’re enjoying some of items that came in our introductory sampler package(like the double stuffed potatoes), but the prices are just way too high even factoring in the time loss and gas cost for us to to drive to the grocery store.

I’d really love to hear your personal perspectives on Omaha Steaks. As I did the math calculations above, I double and triple checked myself as I just couldn’t believe the prices. Did I miss something? Did I forget to factor something in? With the prices they have, I really don’t understand how they sell anything. Please add a comment.


22 Responses (including trackbacks) to “Omaha Steaks – Mail order your meat and save?”

  1. Christina Says:

    The only experience we have had with Omaha steaks was when a salesmen came to a friend’s house. We were in the backyard having a birthday party, and because we didn’t answer the door, he walked around the house and into the backyard DURING THE PARTY and tried to sell us his steaks. I was so turned off by his rudeness that I wouldn’t even think of purchasing anything from him.

  2. dramon Says:

    We got them as a gift once and while they were good, they were small. We live close enough to grocery stores to get nice steaks much cheaper.

    Costco can deliver prime steaks 12 X 14 ounces each for $189.99 – about $18 per pound including shipping. Not as cheap as grocery but it is prime grade which is better than grocery store. However, much cheaper than Omaha. I personally haven’t tried them delivered, but have been very happy with the ones purchased at Costco

  3. Michael @ The Life Insurance Insider Says:

    I can get dry aged, fresh cut strips and ribeye from our local HEB grocery store for $20 per pound. I’ve never figured out how Omaha makes it work. Either you have an appreciation for good steaks and know you can do better and get it for cheaper or you don’t and expect to pay $5-10 per pound for whatever is on sale at the grocery store.

    Maybe gifts. My brother-in-law sent out Omaha steaks as gifts for a few hard to buy for males in the family. That’s the only time I could ever justify even their special deal prices.

  4. Jen Says:

    I agree they are extremely expensive and I didn’t think their cuts were that great. I do like their hotdogs and hamburgers, though, and will buy those when they have a sale. I’m lucky, though, and have one of their stores just a few miles from my house. The shipping charges are outrageous.

  5. AJ Says:

    I have always wanted to order from US Wellness Meats @ grasslandbeef.com — Their prices are high compared to local grocery store but not nearly as high as Omaha.

    What I really like is that all of their products are free from harmful chemicals…free range chickens, grass fed beef, even bacon and sausage made without any msg, nitrates/nitrites, etc. Everything is top quality and sounds really healthy.

    They have free shipping, with just a $7.50 per order charge. I am sure that they have factored in the shipping costs to be included in the base costs and that is why it is high, but if I had the extra money I would willingly pay 3x as much for these products as I feel the quality is like nothing I can find in my area. I feel the health benefits for my family would be worth the extra cost.

    Alas, I am not to that point yet but I do have a friend that frequents a farmers market that gets me organic beef. She will buy a bunch and bring it to me when she visits. But this supplier still uses HFCS in her barbecue chicken/beef products, and nitrates in her sausage and bacon :( So I just stick to the straight meat. Atleast I know that it is fresh and comes from a Happy Farm.

    So you may want to check out US Wellness Meats, they seem to be a lot more reasonable in price.

  6. Tessie Says:

    We’ve occasionally ordered from Omaha Steaks for gifts. To me that seems the only reason to buy from them. I don’t know how they stay in business, either. I wonder about luggage stores and mattress stores, too. They never have customers, and they are very expensive.

  7. DDFD at DivorcedDadFrugalDad.com Says:

    Thanks for confirming my assumptions about Omaha . . .

  8. Jim Says:

    Omaha Steaks are good and you can occasionally get decent deals. They also tend to haggle on the phone, so you can get deals that aren’t posted. That said, my father-in-law is a butcher and I’d rather get my meat from him. Although he has ordered from them himself.

  9. Kim Says:

    I was just talking about them with a friend! It seems every retired person I know, with solid retirement money, uses them. I don’t get it. But if you wonder how they stay in business….they have the comfortably retired group in their corner.

  10. Jeff Says:

    Not sure why the trackback didn’t take, but I just did a comparison using an Omaha competitor, US Beef, on my blog. US Beef comes out significantly cheaper than Omaha, even at full price, though still more expensive than grocery. If I hadn’t gotten the deal I did, I wouldn’t have gotten it from US Beef either.

  11. LC Says:

    I got the starter pack as a gift. I think they paid $59.99 and we got 4 each of steaks, pork chops, burgers, chicken breasts, and baked potatoes, 2 fish and 8 hot dogs. The steaks were small, but with a side of rice and veggies, the meal was a good size and very good. This averages around $2.75 per serving which is pretty good. The quality was good enough that I would pay that again myself if I could get the same deal, but the regular prices seem much higher. I actually love the packaging since it seals out freezer burn and the boxes stack great in my freezer. Only one store I can find packs the meat in vacuum packs like that.

  12. CDF Says:

    I ordered from Omaha steaks. I had ordered from them about 10 years ago, but only as gifts. People had seemed to like them.

    Well I ordered a “sampler” and some extra items.

    It all came packaged in two huge styrofoam coolers with dry ice. The kids has fun with the dry ice.

    We first tried the filet mignon steaks. I routinely buy whole filets at Sams and cut and package them myself. These steaks had not been trimmed. Starting at 6 oz pre-cooked and then trimming them led to small steaks.

    I cooked them and everyone thought they were ok. Not good, not great, but ok. When asked how they were compared to the steaks bought from Sams, the family responded “not as good”. The texture reminded me of a time when I had gone to a local butcher shop when they had filet steaks on sale and bought some….they were select, not choice. I was reminded of this when one on-line poster said he could not find any description on the site as to what grade beef they were. He was right. I suspect they sell select meat.

    We also had filet chunks. The pictures on the web site look like chunks you could make shish kabob our of. Not so. About 1 piece per 4 oz pack might qualify. The rest were varying sizes from shreds to irregulary shaped blobs. We ended up making beef stroganoff. The meat taste and texture was filet, so they were not lying in that aspect.

    We next tried the hamburgers. The texture was off and my wife and daughter spoke of a weird after taste. They refused to eat them again. I guess I will throw the rest out.

    The kids liked the potatos au gratin. They were a hit.

    All in all, we get much better quality at the local grocery store or at Sam’s at about 1/3 the price. I did call them and get a refund…..so there was no cost in this venture except the disappointment in expecting something great and getting just plain mediocre.

    I surmise they advertise and talk up their product a lot to get people to buy it, but have changed the quality so that they are now selling select meat at prime prices.

    If I lived an hour from the grocery store, I might order…..but from someone else.

  13. Jamie Says:

    We’re sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience with our company. We do offer a 100% guarantee on all of our products. Please email us at custserv@omahasteaks.com or call one of our Customer Care Representatives at 1-800-329-6500. We would be happy to assist you!

    Jamie
    Customer Care
    Omaha Steaks

  14. EZE Says:

    Your an idiot- Omaha Steaks rule! To compare them to Food Lion meet- the nerve! Thats like comparing an authentic Mexican taco stand in Progresso, Mexico to a Taco Bell in Oklahoma! You are a true ass clown!

  15. Jim Says:

    As you can see by my website, Grilling and Smoking is my hobby. Omaha Steaks has always been one of life’s mysteries to me. They had coolers in several of the grilling stores in my area and now they have opened several brick and mortar stores too. I’ve tried them a couple times and have had similar experiences to most of the posters here.

    -The food costs 2-3x what I would pay for locally, and the quality isn’t as good as my butcher or local supermarket.
    -It is frozen which means you need to defrost it as part of the prep. I’m sorry but while frozen can be close to fresh it is never quite as good. So why do I want to go frozen for something that isn’t that great to begin with?
    -The portions are tiny and to add insult to injury aren’t trimmed.
    -The taste is mediocre at best. Several folks I served them too didn’t even finish their small portions.

    At the prices they charge I expected something special. After all how could they charge those prices and stay in business? I just don’t get it. I was given a 75$ gift certificate 4 years ago and I just can’t be bothered to use it. PerhapsI will use it up now that I know they have a brick and mortar store on a route I regularly travel.

  16. Sam Says:

    SHRIMP!

  17. Sherry Heverly Says:

    I have to throw my 2 cents in………I do order from Omaha steaks, not for their steaks but their trout and other entrees. I also like their desserts. they are pricey, but I like the convenience of having the food delivered. they do have some good specials. it’s true, the food at your local foodstore is cheaper, and can be just as good. But I do splurge once in awhile on Omaha steaks.

  18. Ethan Says:

    I was gonna try omaha steaks, but the price would always scare me off. It feels good to know other people share my same feelings. :)

  19. Tom Says:

    How do they stay in business? Maybe they have a lot of government contracts, like with the US Congress.

  20. Ernie Says:

    I’m a retiree, just my wife and I at home now. We eat less than we used to, and we tend to eat out more. Omaha Steaks nicely fills the niche for us of having extra food in the freezer that will keep much longer than if we bought meat from the store and froze it ourselves.

    But we know we don’t save any money on the Omaha Steaks purchases, even with their sales. We try to combine sales and free shipping and sometimes a coupon we receive from them. Even so, much more expensive than grocery stores.

    But we’ve decided to change our diets to organic, as much as is practical, so goodby Omaha Steaks once we draw down the supply in the freezer. So now we’re looking for a supplier of organic beef – and have found a number of them on the Internet. Will be interesting to see how it works out. We’re also looking for organic chicken, and probably will eat more wild salmon and less farmed salmon, in the absence of USDA certification for “organic fish.”

  21. Nancy Says:

    I buy omaha steak regularly, but I only buy items that are more than 50% off. Anything that is not 50% off or more is a bad deal. I generally combine buying only items that are 50% off or more with an offer for a free food item with my order, and a 20 off gif certificate, which they send me on a regular basis. So for example today I am buying the tasty chicken sampler for 58% off, and a bonus trio (pick your three items for 19.99 I choose the lasagna, sweet potato fries and twice baked potatoes. which is 66% off). Then I get 8 free top sirloins plus an additional 20 dollars off.

    Considering that I really like the portion control. I find it the best meat to buy while dieting. I personally think assuming one is a very carefully shopper it is worthwhile.

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