Where I live I pay less than $1 per pound for chicken, and less than $2 per pound for pork. I sometimes buy beef when I can find it for less than $3 per pound. It came down to this for me: I was spending more than $4 per can on Nature's Variety Instinct. That lasted me two days. That was JUST for the cat though, not factoring in my two other dogs at the time. So $2 per day for the cat, plus another $2 per day per dog if I was feeding them canned. And those were the big cans too! That put me well over $100 per month to feed a collective of animals that weigh less than 10 lbs apiece!
Now this is where it gets tricky though: I grind the bones, and thus I bought a grinder. The grinder cost what I would have paid in one months food though, so by now it really has probably paid for itself over a year later. Supplements also have to be factored in, so again, the upfront cost is a bit higher. They last a really long time though. I only buy supplements maybe twice a year. I get Taurine ($
, fish oil, vitamin E. I used to do vitamin B12, but since I feed pork and use beef organs I don't feel I need it.
Factoring supplements and meat only, I can safely say I pay less than $3 a pound for my animals, it is probably much closer to $2. My cat and two dogs eat 12 ounces a day, so all told it probably costs me less than $2 a day to feed ALL of them. I went from $2 per day for just the cat, to $2 per day for ALL OF THEM. I was ecstatic. And I don't even get the best of the best deals. I know people who can buy chicken in bulk for something like $0.40-$0.50 per pound. I just don't have room to store a lot of bulk right now.
So I don't know if that will be cheaper than FF, but it was a lot cheaper for me than Nature's Variety was. Plus I am spending a lot less on litter now because he doesn't have stinky poops.