Omaha Steaks – Mail order your meat and save?
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.
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 ;-)
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.