I am a bit confused about your reference to meat loaf. Are you talking about the Meatloaf pre-cooked and in the packages? Or are you talking about the ground beef that is in bulk rolls. I have to agree that the Rolls are vile because there is so much preservatives in those "Chubs" It is better to get Fresh (or nearly) ground beef from a store that has an in house butcher shop.
However, if you're talking about meatloaf that is precooked, you can get ground beef from the butcher for about $2.00 a lb by buying larger packages. (not the chubs, those are vile.) Some local stores with in house butchers have bulk ground beef that is mostly for your group homes, hospital and institutions that use bulk ground beef. However an individual can purchase this meat at a very reasonable price per pound which comes to just under a dollar a pound. Average is about 10 - 15 lbs. But you can precook let cool down and then freeze hamburger patties, or bake a couple meatloaf off and freeze (after cooling down in fridge,) with the hamburger patties thaw out, then use the food processor and pulse till you get the desired ground beef you want to use in soups or in the recipes.
Buying food in bulk is a great way to save money, but getting quality products in bulk is a challenge. I suggest working with a store that has an in-house butcher and see what deal they can give you on bulk meats. They are very willing to give you a good price if you buy enough. I also suggest getting a deep freezer for all that food, you'll be glad of the investment.
Great meatloaf recipe, (pre-heat oven to 375 F)
1/2 lb ground beef
1 tube or fresh 1/2 lb pork sausage.
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tbsp italian seasoning
1/2 cup finely chopped onions. (use dried onion and steep in hot water till reconstituted. Drain.)
6 - 7 crushed saltine crackers
Mix all above in a mixing bowl till well incorporated. Fold over in a greased bread pan.
1 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
1 tbsp minced garlic
mix together the above, top meatloaf spreading evenly.
Bake loaf at 350 F for 45 minutes. test temperature with probe or thermometer make sure meat is cooked to 170 F. Set on counter for 15 minutes to let the juices set in meatloaf.
Serve with Creamy mashed potatoes, or your favorite side dish.