I have written an article on Food Co-Ops in the past, but many of you asked for more information on the benefits.
I shop at a Food Co-Op for one main reason. Cheaper and healthier products for my family. I tend to waver on the line of half organic and half ‘regular’ foods. If my budget allowed it, I would shop entirely organic. Unfortunately, that is not the case right now.
Here is how the process works:
It is very easy and it doesn’t take a lot of extra time out of my day.
After I mail out my check and pick up my products, I get them into air tight jars at home.
Here is what they look like when I get them home. You can see how the items are packaged. Some of the items are in their original packages, and others you can tell were purchased in bulk and then re-packaged for me in the sizes I need.
I use large Ball Canning jars for my popcorn, raisins, and cranberries. For the rice and quinoa I use these glass jars from Walmart. They start at just $5.00 each! I like to use plastic containers for my flour, this Sistema container is my favorite for flour storage.
I typically set aside $25.00 per month to spend on my co-op. This normally gets us exactly what we need!
To learn more about how you can join a Food Co-Op, learn more about what does co-op mean?