Finding Cheaper Sources of Meat:
1) look up meat and poultry packers, processors, and distributors in the yellow pages. You may be able to get great prices from them if you order in bulk, and/or they may have a discount outlet that is open to the public.
2) I get many of my best deals in Asian/Oriental markets. I've also heard that Hispanic and Caribbean markets have great variety and prices too.
3) you may be able to join a barter group.
google breeders (i.e. rabbit, goat, lamb, etc.) who are in your geographic area.
They may have culls they want to get rid of, or lower prices overall.
5) look up bulk suppliers and frozen bulk foods in your yellow pages.
6) if you have a Chinatown nearby, definitely make a visit.
7) let your friends, relatives, and neighbors know you want any freezer burn or old meat when they clean out their freezers, and tell them to pass the word along.
8) if you belong to a church or social group, tell those members to mention it to their friends and relatives as well.
9) see if there are any co-ops or meat buying groups near you. Check on Yahoo, or google to see.
10) try Craigslist - it's amazing what you can get for free or cheap.
11) and I get meat and fish all the time (for free) through Freecycle. Join multiple lists if there are a few close by.
12) some Wal-marts and some Costcos and some Sams Clubs have good deals, but you may want to make sure it's not seasoned meat.
13) definitely watch the the flyers, and you can usually see the rest of the flyers online (the ones that don't get delivered to your house, but are only a short drive away).
14) *** hands down, the bulk of my best deals have been marked down meat at regular grocery stores. They reduce it the day before it is going to expire, and I go as early as I can to get it before it is gone.
15) tell friends and relatives who hunt and fish that you want first dibs on any body parts they don't. You can probably get at least the organs and maybe the head. Also ask them to put you in touch with their other friends who hunt and fish.
16) a great tip I learned here a while back - some restaurants throw out things they don't use, like the organs that come inside whole poultry, or raw meat that falls on the floor. see if they'll save
them for you. Find somebody who knows somebody who works there.
17) farmer's markets are great, but pick and choose carefully for the best bargains. and sometimes at the end of the day some vendors will reduce their prices, cause they don't want to take it back with them.
18) some people contact taxidermists, who have no use for the meat.
19) find people on this list from your vicinity, and ask them where they get their meat deals. Join other raw feeding lists (there are many), and look for raw feeders in your area.
20) tell your butcher you want the meat that they would normally throw out, that is almost out of date, that people ordered and didn't pick up, stuff that was dropped on the floor, their freezer
cleanouts, and parts that don't sell (like trachea, lungs, spleen, etc.). Some butchers will save their trim for you (once they get to know you). Build a relationship with them first.
21) yes, roadkill works too (where it is legal). In some places you can get your name on the list and get called when they have large roadkill (like deer)
22) you can raise your own meat/poultry if you have the room
23) post a message in CarnivoreFeed-Supplier or CFS-Canada if you are in North America:
24) speak to local farmers
25) also look for heart, tongue, and gizzards which count as meat (as opposed to organ) in the world of raw feeding, but are often cheaper than other muscle meats
26) find somebody who knows somebody who works at the grocery store. They can introduce you to the meat guy, who may become more willing to save stuff for you or reduce items about to expire, once they know you.