As for pricning, it depends on the meat selction but I aim to spend 1/2 to 3/4th of what it would originally sell for in the store at that time. I scout out multiple store ad circulars prior to shopping so I know what stores have the best deals.
When we lived in Idaho, we were within 1/4 mile of an Albertson's. I learned that the store put out the meat that would "expire" in the next 24 hours about 10am, & I was there to check it. Sometimes I rode bikes with the kids. Usually whatever had been on sale that week, was what was in the bargain basket, but it was usually less than 1/4-1/3 price - sometimes as low as 1/10th. I just froze the meat in the original packages, & we never got sick. All our meat was either on wickedly good sale ( like turkeys at Thanksgiving), or from the bargain basket.
Here along the Wasatch Front in Utah, the Albertson's have become Fresh Markets. For a while the meat bargain baskets disappeared, but a few weeks ago, they came back. I bought 9 ( yep 9!) pork tenderloins in Dijon mustard sauce, in a very thick plastic wrap ( like the air-eliminating sealers use) for - wait for it - less than $1.50 each. They were originally $7-10, depending on the size. Checked the ingredients & theyw ere gluten free, but not soy-free (which means one of my grandsons cannot have them, so they all remain "ours". One went straight into the crockpot for dinner & the others went straight into the freezer. It was absolutely delicious. At the same time, I also found 3 packages of ground hot Italian sausage,in packages that were about a pound, for $1.25 each. Checked the label - both gluten free & soy free. Altho DH does not like "hot" meats, oldest DD does, so they went straight into the freezer for her. When they were frozen, in the original try with thin plastic wrap packages, I put all of them into a thicker freezer bag, & pressed out the air. Next trip over to DD's, then changed freezers, via a portable cooler.
Last week I found 2 turkeybreast tenderloins in mustard sauce, forjust under & just over $2 each. Gluten free & soy free. Both were in the same heavy plastic wrap & both went into the freezer as soon as I got home. I also picked up 3 packages of 3 pork chops each, with a mesquite rub on them. Gluten free & soy free, & in heavy packaging. Into the freezer. Took one out a few days later & baked them for dinner when youngest DD was home visiting. QUITE spicy - a little more than any of our taste buds like. DD & DH split a chop, so we had one left over. The next day, I cubed the pork chop into fairly small pieces, & made a cupe & a half of gluten free "cream of anything" from a mix I have, then added the pork chops & juices. Heated it up well, then added 2/3 cup sour cream. & took the pan off the heat. Boiled some GF noodles, & had the pork chop in sauceover top. Yummy & the sour cream & "cream of" cut the heat quite nicely. Both DH & I liked it.
On a companion note, Fresh Market does not mark down their bread products, but Smith's does - they always have a bakery rack full of them when I go in, & most of them freeze just fine, too, as long as you use them quickly. If the bread is close to expiration date, freezing it seems to prolong it useful life by about a week, even if you just freeze, thaw & use right away.