We got beef! The farmers we do our CSA with also raise cattle, and we bought 1/4 of a cow from them. You should have seen me skipping around the butcher’s building as we went to pick up our two coolers full of meat. Buying your beef locally and in bulk is a HUGE money saver. You might have to do some hunting for a ranch, farmers aren’t necessarily going to be on the internet, but trust me it’s worth it. We get ground beef, steaks, roasts, soup bones and ribs for less than $3 a pound! Because we don’t have a deep freezer (although I’d totally stuff one in our apartment if I could), we split the beef with my parents. This meant we only spent around $130 and have enough beef to last us 8 months or more. The first thing I made with our new beef was Beef Aju Sandwiches.