OP, maybe look for pieces. I found them at a local grocery store for $1.49/lb. They're not pretty and uniform like the bacon packaged by the major companies, and I found them looking at other pork (IOW, they weren't by the brand name bacon). There are some full sized strips, but a lot are smaller pieces (like half slices).
Off hand, I think in my lifetime, the two ongodly raises in prices on food have been for bacon and chicken wings. I'm not knocking supply and demand, but thankfully neither of those foods is a favorite of mine. I use bacon as a seasoning mostly, and I've been "buffalo-ing" thighs since the advent of Buffalo Wings raised the price of wings so steeply. (Really, they used to be so cheap, you could buy them for your pets.)
If I prorate the price of a 12 oz package of bacon to a pound price, where I live at least, I can buy grass fed beef shanks for the same price. No way I'd choose the bacon in that situation.
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