|Barked: Mon Jul 29, '13 7:01am PST |
|I budget myself to under $2/lb. The only things I will splurge on are stuff off Hare-Today.
All of our chicken was bought in bulk on sales, ranging from 0.39/lb to 0.99/lb. Pork was only bought on sales, between 1.50-1.99/lb. Beef was rarely bought, only when it was on sale for 1.99/lb.
Organs were bought between 1.00/lb and 1.75/lb, and including hearts, liver and kidney.
We had a local co-op that ordered monthly, and we would get 30-lb cases from them for decent prices. Raw green tripe was 1.25/lb, ground venison/bone was 1.65/lb, and ground beef was 1.45/lb.
In the fall, I make arrangements with hunters off craigslist, and get as much free stuff as I can. Two years back, I received three whole carcasses plus extra meat, and fed my dogs for free for over 2 months.
A few years ago, I spoke with a local meat processor (when I lived in NY) and he'd give me 40 pounds of free meat, organ and scrap every couple of months.
The key component to keeping the diet reasonable is to get as many sources as you can, so that when you can no longer rely on one, there are others to fall back on. When you start out, it's never cheap, but down the line, persistence pays off. On average, excluding free stuff which happened at random, I'd spend an average of 1.25/lb on raw (for our 70 pounds of dog, that's $52/month). Our core item was chicken quarters, because they were cheap and easy, but the variety of other stuff I could find balanced everything out.
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