Bountiful Baskets

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I love finding ways to simplify my life and save money at the same time. I will show you how, too! Over the past 25 years I've mastered the art of making our funds go farther and purchase more. Living the dream!
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If you have never heard of Bountiful Baskets, you are seriously missing out on a good thing. They are a co-op of regular folks whose purchasing power is staggering. They started out as one small location in a neighborhood in Gilbert, AZ and now have locations around the United States.

Each contribution, $15 for a regular produce basket and $25 for an organic produce basket, is placed into the co-op each ordering period. The co-op then purchases for the entire group…this is thousands of people…and together all the produce is purchased directly from the farmers and then distributed. Each person who contributed picks up their produce basket on the pre-arranged day.

This grass roots effort of all volunteers is a powerful undertaking! I’ve been taking part in this co-op for about 6 years and it has grown tremendously.

An example of a basket purchase:

  • 3 mangoes
  • 8 green apples
  • 1 lb. strawberries
  • 6 large oranges
  • 1 Romaine lettuce
  • 1 Beet
  • 1 Turnip
  • 10 Red Potatoes
  • 6 large Tomatoes
The only drawback is…what if you don’t know how to prepare one of the items, or maybe you just plain don’t like beets! People often exchange items they do not want. I often read the Bountiful Basket blog and learn new recipes for things I’ve never prepared before. We’ve learned we actually like squash! Who knew?
Other Offerings
Often, there are other offerings like Artisan Bread, tortillas, a Mexican pack of veggies, and boxed fruit of the season. We purchased the tortilla pack this last order and got 7 dozen tortillas for $10.50, making them $1.50 per dozen of hand made awesome tortillas. The burrito size where huge, more like what you see at restaurants.
We have also ordered peaches and apples for canning at a phenomenal price. When we lived in a different state we were not near a Bountiful Basket site, which was a great sadness to me and I wanted to get one going, but never did.

Orders are placed every two weeks. Check out their website to see if there is a location near you!  If you do not see a site near you, consider starting one of your own.

Grocery Budgeting Tip

We set aside each paycheck a budget for groceries. Our monthly budget is $100 per person, and remember, I have all adult sized people in my house including a 15 year old boy who eats more than an average person while he’s growing.

For us, our budget looks like this:

4 people x $100 = $400 monthly budget
Paid every 2 weeks = Paycheck budget of $200

I set aside that $200 on pay day and only purchase up to that amount. Couponing (newspapers and Coupon Sense) and our Bountiful Basket purchases are also deducted from that budget. I often have money left over and will then use the $10 or so left over to stock-up on other items.

Over time, you can stock-up quite a lot of food and household items. The key is to set a budget, and stick to it! Then, purchase items at their lowest price when on sale and/or has a coupon.

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About Celeste

I love finding ways to simplify my life and save money at the same time. I will show you how, too! Over the past 25 years I've mastered the art of making our funds go farther and purchase more. Living the dream!

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