How To Save Loads of Money on Fresh Produce

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The rising prices of food are affecting people far and wide. I hear so many times from people that are frustrated and fed up with not being able to get their hands on fresh foods and instead have to rely on processed canned foods because that’s all they can afford. It is a growing problem and one we’ve faced in our own home.

In comes Bountiful Baskets. You see all of that yummy produce in the picture above? Well, that cost a total of $19.50. $19.50 folks! That’s insane! This amount of fresh produce would run you around $50 in the store! And I’m hear to tell ya, the food is good. Seriously.

What and/or who is Bountiful Baskets, you ask? To quote their website, Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op

“…distributes produce baskets, organic produce baskets, artisan bread and sandwich bread every other week. BBFC is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. This is a grassroots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative. Since there are no employees at Bountiful Baskets, we as a group pay rock bottom prices on your food.”

The founders, Sally Stevens and Tanya Jolly, started BBFC back in 2006. Since then, it has grown tremendously, and in 2011, they started offering 100% organic baskets as well.

It’s so easy to get your own Bountiful Basket! You place your “order” (listed as a contribution on the site), pay online and pick up at the designated place, date and time listed. For instance, there are multiple drop off locations in my town. So, I choose the one closest to me and then show up on the date given and pick up time. I bring my own basket to haul away my goods and go home with a boat load of fresh fruits and veggies for less than half of what it would’ve cost me to get them at the grocery store.

I know. You’re wondering what the catch is. Obviously, you couldn’t get all this amazing stuff at such an amazing price without there being a catch, right? Well, it’s simple: BBFC is run entirely by volunteers. No one gets paid. Because these great folks are offering of their time, it seems only fair for the recipients of the baskets to offer theirs as well. They ask that for at least every 6-8 baskets you receive that you volunteer if you are able-bodied. I’d say that’s a pretty darn good deal for getting all of those yummy goods for a great price! Not that bad of a catch, if you ask me.

So head on over to the Bountiful Baskets website and find out if there’s a location near you for drop-off and get your hands on some delicious and AFFORDABLE fresh produce! This is an incredible co-op and a great way to get some healthy food on the table for you and your family. And if you want to save even more, go in halfsies with a friend or family member. You’ll still be getting a great amount of food, so will they, and you’ll both be paying next to nothing!

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