Ok, that was a bad pun. Micah and I scouted out the local co-op tonight. Nice little place.
The per-pound price of brown rice is almost the same as at our local Giant (I have to double-check that). Advantage co-op since theirs is organic and you can fit more than 1lb in a bag. But since they lose money/environmental points for being a bit farther away, we’ll have to make it up by buying more at a time (not a problem…we picked up Giant rice whenever we needed it because went shopping weekly).
And if we join the co-op, we get a discount on the rice.
The granola is a bit more expensive that the Giant brand. But Micah got a pound of one of the least-expensive ones which he thought looks yummy. He’s a big granola fan and I think it wouldn’t be bad to pay a few cents more every now and then, even if we stick with Giant. I tried some and think it’s pretty yummy too.
Other things…I’m going to have to double-check some Giant prices. I think the dried co-op beans may be cheaper than the non-dried ones we buy at Giant. So maybe we’ll get some of those next time.
The produce is more expensive but also much better-looking. Probably because it’s not the leftovers…which I feel like our Giant gets.
And last, there was a nice surprise on checking out. We didn’t get a bag, so we got a credit to put in any of several jars for charity. Apparently they’ll donate a certain amount for every credit. Plus you can leave your own donation. I put my credit in the jar for the Rape Crisis Center. There was another for the Food Bank and another for something with children and another for animals….and I think a couple more.
Will we join? Possibly. The membership fee is $100 but it’s refundable if/when you leave. So if we moved we could get it back. Definite plus there.
An aside—isn’t depression a strange animal? We can have fairly successful days, do things that make up happy and still spend the day feeling like sad losers. In the Dewey Decimal system, depression is under 615.8527.