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Trying Out Bountiful Baskets

By June 25, 2011 No Comments

To help me have more money to stock up on my food storage, I always look for ways to save money on my groceries. After some encouragement from my son and daughter-in-law, I went online Monday and placed an order with a food co-op called Bountiful Baskets. They deliver in 15 states. Most of you have already discovered this great find. I paid $15.00 plus $1.50 handling fee for a total of $16.50, and the $3.00 first-time basket fee to get two baskets of surprise fruits and vegetables.

So, at 6:45 a.m. this morning (I’m an early riser) I arrived at my Kaysville location with my grocery bags and watched volunteers filling about a hundred laundry baskets (they reuse them) with fruits and vegetables. Two of those baskets were mine to put items in the bags I brought.

After weighing and counting everything,

I ran over to my local Smith’s grocery store to compare prices. Don’t get me wrong. I like Smith’s (SM), but I had to compare. I used their regular and sale prices. Here are the results:

8 Granny Smith apples ($2.70 SM)
6 Mangoes ($2.47 SM) How to store and prepare
14 Limes ($3.92 SM)
5 Bananas, extra large ($1.71 SM) (I like the smaller ones at Smith’s)
6 Peaches ($3.52 SM)
8 Plums ($4.58 SM)
1 lb. Strawberries ($2.19 SM)
1 pint Grape tomatoes ($3.00 SM)
1 Green lettuce head ($1.29 SM)
1 Cabbage ($1.59 SM) Try KFC Coleslaw
1 Green onion bunch ($.69 SM)
6 Carrots, lg. ($1.39 SM)
1 Celery bunch, lg. ($1.29 SM)

Bountiful Baskets: $16.50
Smith’s: $30.34
That is a 54% savings!

The smart thing would be to find a friend and order two baskets, then take turns picking up. Mmmm. If you need recipe ideas for the foods that come, check out the Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op Facebook page.