I had to buy a new freezer this past week to accommodate the half of a grassfed (start-to-finish) steer we bought from our local farmer, in addition to what was left of the whole pastured pig we bought last October. Throw in about 30 packs of pet burger from US Wellness Meats, some assorted lamb and chicken parts, and a few other odds and ends, and it didn't take long to fill up the new one. The cost of buying meat this way, direct from a local farmer and the local butcher he uses, is far less than even the regular CAFO meat from the store and so much tastier.
My last freezer, which we purchased many years ago for $99, was a small chest freezer and I cursed it every time I had to dig deep to find an item I knew was in there somewhere. The new one is an upright and though they are supposedly less efficient and have less usable room per square foot, the convenience of actually being able to see what I have in there is worth it. Plus, it is frost free, which is also a major convenience. So do we have enough meat for the coming year? See below. There is even a heart, a tongue, and some liver in there. I'll get brave enough to fix those one of these days.