My Food Co-Op
by April in Atlanta
Some friends and I have joined together to form a produce-buying co-op. Our group currently consists of 13 families, but the optimum number is 24 (because many items are sold in case-lots of 24).
We shop at the farmer's market, and buy from the wholesalers there. The cost to each family is $6.25 per week ($25/month-$75/quarter). For that amount, each of us gets a bushel basket of produce each week. The basket usually consists of a minimum of 4 types of fruits, 4 types of salad vegetables, and 4 types of cooking vegetables. Each type of fruit will consist of 4-10 servings, usually. The same goes for the other categories.
When I've needed a reality check, I have priced the identical items at the grocery store. The same items, in the same quantities that I receive for $6.25, normally cost between $20-$35 at my Kroger store.
Take the Next Step
- Subscribe to Surviving Tough Times email newsletter. Each week we'll give you practical ways to fight back against the inflation that's trying to wreck your budget!
Also In This Week's Issue
- 7 restaurant deals you shouldn't swallow
- 7 smart strategies of extreme couponers
- Healthy family breakfasts
- Secrets of a grocery clerk
- Using your freezer to prevent food waste
- Tips for preserving and conserving produce
In The Dollar Stretcher Community
Get free money-saving articles in your inbox each week!
Sign up for our free weekly newsletter Surviving Tough Times.