i pay about $130 for 2 months of food for my 50 lb samoyed. but, i don't have access to sales like you get in the states. i get my food from a local raw dog food company. the cheapest i can get is 1.49/lb chicken backs, everything else is between 1.49 and 1.99/lb
On a full feed rotation, just buying straight from the grocery store and sam's club, I average about a dollar a day, maybe a little over. For a comparison, a bag of wellness core (by no means the most expensive dog food out there) would have to last me 2 months to compare in price. It doesn't.
I have the luxury of having one dog on raw and one not, who both eat identical amounts. The one eating wellness is alot more expensive.
I just packed 38 meals for my 38 pound dog who doesn't get to eat much. $24 and I bought too much, 4.5 pounds of stuff sitting waiting for next month. The bone part was basically free, I used the wings, backs and rib cages from whole chickens I bought for the humans last month. I shop sales for the meat and bony meat. A couple weeks ago I figured per calorie raw was equivalent to premium kibble in price. Sure I am not adding in the shopping and time but so far it has been a lot of fun doing all this stuff. Storage is an issue. Max's food fits in my regular top freezer shelf but a larger or more active dog would need more room or more frequent shopping. So far the deals at the regular or ethnic markets have been often enough that stocking up wouldn't have saved a whole lot of money. I would like freezer room so I could buy cases of stuff that isn't at the market like green tripe and other organs.
Trumpetjock, I figured Wellness and was shocked at how much it cost compared to raw.
I try to stick around $1 per pound of food. Some stuff is a bit more, some stuff is a bit less. I'm currently waiting for chickens to go on sale. But I recently scored some beef for 99 cents per pound. And I'm also trying to convince my neighbors with hunting tags to save me some stuff, even the stuff they would throw away like organs. That could really bring my costs down.
And the secret truly is to find a free freezer on craigslist or such so you have a place to stock up when a good deal comes along.