Well, Since our next co-op comes early because of Thanksgiving (in 5 days), I decided to use this week’s bin selection as an object lesson. I also didn’t want us to all be overloaded with food when Thanksgiving comes!!!
- (1) large head of Romaine Lettuce
- (1) pkg Grape tomatoes
- (2) Acorn Squash
- (4) Red Peppers
- (1) Bunch Kale
- (1) Baby Carrots (bag)
- (4) Red Pears
- (1) Head Cauliflower
- (1) bunch Green onions
- (2) Large Grapefruit
- (1) 6 oz pkg Blackberries
- (2) large Gala Apples
PLUS – Your choice of two “Extras” of something already in your bin (not in this picture).
People often ask how and why I decide to purchase the food I do. Today is an excellent picture. Here;s how it all begins:
Today I had $400.00 to work with. I usually spend about $6.00/wk on food safe bags to sort veggies into, and I keep $10.00 aside in case I need to tip the guys helping to load my van at the Produce wholesaler. Today, knowing that I wanted to buy less food (possible hold some money back for next co-op), I was overjoyed when I saw that there were food safe bags on sale, 1000 bags for $10.00 (a big savings from grocery store or Sam’s club prices) – so I bought two. So, $400.00 – 20.00 (bags), minus $10.00 tip left me with $370.00 to work with.
Here is a breakdown of what I spent:
|Produce Name||Qnty?||Case Pr||Total|
|Baby Carrots||30-1 lb bags||28.5||28.5|
|grape toms||12-7oz pkgs||14||28|
|Apples||64 ct case||33||33|
|red pears||100 ct||31||31|
|Extra Romaine||8 heads||10||10|
Here are a few examples where we run into our “savings” differences:
- I usually pay $15.00 for 50 pounds of carrots. Today, I spent $28.50 for 30 lbs.
- Tomatoes: normally $11-16 for 40 pounds. Today, I paid $14 for 5.25 lbs
- grapefruit – they were so big that I had to buy two cases, using 1/8th of my budget on one item….
- Blackberries – still a savings at 1.50 per small box…they are out of season, and 3.99 per package in the store. Still alot of money for a small item.
- Cauliflower – not too expensive, but I have to buy 2 cases so that everyone can get one complete head….this is a problem with Melons, too….
All this to say, if you wonder why I don’t buy many items that are already packaged, or cut for you – steamer bags full of broccoli, or mini carrots – this is why! They just don’t represent the saving that I want this co-op to offer us!
Thank you for your patience as I work out all the kinks in this process!