This article is from the Final-Fantasy and other Square Soft Games FAQ, by email@example.com (Nick Zitzmann) with numerous contributions by others.
Disc 2 is a difficult place to get lots of money, and you need lots of
money to buy Big Joe's gear parts. What to do?
There is a solution to this, but it involves some work early in disc 1.
First, after Fei agrees to help Bart inside Bart's base, go to Bledavik.
Somewhere inside the town are two children who are stealing things from
the shopkeeper at the end of Bledavik Square. Talk to the shopkeeper,
and after you see them steal the item, follow them. They'll ask for
1,000 G; pay them.
After you do this, finish your business in Bledavik (ie. finish the
tournament, rescue Margie, etc.). Come back to Bledavik after the defeat
The children who were stealing from the store earlier now run a meat
shop. For an unbeatable price, you can buy any kind of hobgoblin meat
you want. You should load up on Hob-Steak here, and possibly Hob-Meat
and/or Hob-Jerkey. Nortune will buy Hob-Steak back for about 400 G, but
they won't accept it now due to the oversupply.
Wait until the end of disc 2. You can now take all that hobgoblin meat
to the blue crystal in Nortune and earn an insane amount of money; even
more than you would have made if you could have sold it back in Nortune
during disc 1.
You can also automatically receive hobgoblin meat, even during disc 2,
by having Elly or Emeralda cast a fire-elemental spell on them.