I’m definitely an underbuyer. I don’t like to spend more than I have to, even if it’ll save money in the future. Parting with that money now just scares me. But I’m biting the bullet and becoming more efficient and a better planner.
I recently discovered that there is a co-op not too far from where we live. We’re not yet prepared to bite the bullet and join (though it’s got a one-time membership fee that’s refunded if you leave…which is pretty sweet!) but we’re going to start scouting it for staples.
Here’s what I’ve come up so far for the staples of our diet:
- brown rice (would you believe that our supermarket sells white rice in giant bags but only tiny ones of brown rice?)
- black beans
- granola (mostly for Micah, he got so much more excited about the co-op idea when I mentioned they had a wide variety of granolas. So cute!)
We eat a lot of veggies too, but unfortunately, it’s hard to buy produce in bulk. You can, of course, but then you have to cook and freeze it or something. Maybe I’ll buy some and freeze it in ziploc bags…broccolli should be pretty resilient about that.
We’ve decided that I’ll staples in mind throughout January (see if I can come up with anything else) and then we’ll take a trip there at the beginning of February.
While we’re there, I’ll bring a notebook and write down prices to compare with our store here. See what else we can get a discount on. And if we like it, we’ll probably buy that membership. At best we can save some money. And if we don’t find ourselves using it, we’ll just get our money back.
Do you like to visit the co-op or the farmer’s market? Do the prices matter more to you or the health aspect?
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