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Finding a good butcher or two (depending on the type of meat) can reduce the cost of meat. Buying in bulk, or buying a whole cow, can be cheaper but always check prices. Even if costs are the same, a butcher provides better service by cutting to the customer's specifications, pre-wrapping sections for the freezer, and providing unusual parts of the animal--like bones--for cooking. A good butcher doesn't necessarily own their own shop, so don't rule out in-house butchers.

Possible sources

  • traditional butcher shops
  • local farms
  • grocery stores
  • warehouse stores
  • local hunters
  • game commissions that organize hunts