I was, once, an accidental vegetarian. It wasn't anything I did on purpose, I just REALLY like vegetables. Meat usually made me sick. [I am pretty sure now that this was an early sign of my gallbladder trouble] I suppose now and again I would have some chicken, or maybe some venison, but I ate almost exclusively things that grew, not things that were raised.
Now I am considering becoming an intentional vegetarian. Normally, our meat bill isn't very much. My dad hunts, and so does Big Sprout's Honorary Uncle. They both are very generous with their "take". I also pay close attention to sales, and usually get my burger for just over $1 per pound, and I can almost always get my pork for the same. Chicken I splurge on, paying usually between $6 and $7 for a 3 lb bag of boneless, skinless boobs. None of this is organic or local, which I feel guilty about, but $$ is tight and frugality has it's perks.
I realised just the other day how lucky I have been.
For some reason, we just happened to get really low on meat. As in "what in the world am I going to cook for supper there is no meat in the house" low. So I went grocery shopping just for meat. We had plenty veggies, of course.
I can't believe your average joe pays those prices for meat!
That sounds terribly naive, I know, but I was in shock. Still am.
So that evening, I told DH that I was considering going meatless at least part of the time. Being a confirmed carnivore, he was not impressed with that idea. In fact, I think his exact words were "You have fun with that".
This one might be tricky....