Buy meat in bulk. This tip is often cited in the paleo community so I won’t belabor the point. It is much more cost-effective to buy grass-fed beef by the whole cow and have it butchered.
Recently, I did, and I shared the meat with three other families. This meant that my organic, grass-fed beef was $4.30/lb. for everything from ground beef to roasts and steaks. In stores organic ground beef is $5/lb. so even that was a $.70/lb. savings. Roasts, steaks, and ribs were a much more significant savings.
I found our farm from www.eatwild.com. Yes, I did have to go to the butcher and pick up the meat. No, they did not have a customer waiting area. Yes, I did get a bit of bloody water on my toes. Note to self: do not wear flip-flops to pick up your cow from the slaughterhouse. 🙂
(Pics of our beef, pre-divvying. My final portion was about 80 lbs.)