We buy chickens a few dozen at a time from a local farmer. And once a year we buy 1/4 or 1/2 of beef from him. We bought an extra deep freeze to keep it. The chicken, per pound is less expensive than the store. And the beef (steaks, roasts, ground - all of it) is less expensive than lean ground at the local grocer. For us, it's not more expensive, going this route actually saves us money. Though I would pay extra for it - the savings is a bonus.