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I need a cheap way to feed my dog meat. The butcher doesn't sell dog food so unfortunately that's out. Any ideas?
In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.
Most of my "dog food" I get for free. My friends and co-workers know I'll take any expired or freezerburned meat off their hands. If it's expired or freezerburned, it's still perfectly good to feed dogs. (Lately they've been eating meat from 1999-2000.) I post ads on the bulletin board at work, you can also try Craigslist.
Some people have also had luck asking the meat manager at their grocery store about getting meat that expires each week. This seems to be hit or miss, but the worst they can say is no. I have small dogs and only need about 8 pounds of meat per week for them, so I haven't ever tried this because I figure I'd get way too much if they agreed.
And I also watch for grocery sales. Any time it's under $1.00/pound for chicken or $1.50/pound for beef/pork, I stock up.
It's helpful if you have a separate freezer for "dog food", that way you have room to stock up when you find good deals.
One more note, watch the sodium content. Some dogs can handle higher sodium, some can't. I avoid any meat that had "x% solution added".