ITA that it's very worth it economically. More importantly (to me, anyway,) you know exactly what you're feeding your family. I'm incredibly lucky, because my dad and brother raise cattle, and won't let me pay for the meat they give me.
Right now, the meat they sell costs about $3/pound, after all the butchering/processing costs. But with all their costs going up, I know they're raising their prices this year.
I know some ranchers can sell directly to customers. But the way my family does it, you pay them the "live weight" cost, my brother takes it to the processor for you, then a few weeks later, you pick up your wrapped meat from the processor, whom you pay directly for the butchering/processing.
Once you find a producer you like, the process is really pretty easy. I also think you'll LOVE having a freezer. It's fantastic for taking advantage of sales, in addition to storing your meat.
I actually need to find another chicken producer, because ours quit. There is absolutely no comparison between store-bought and homegrown meat.