I’ve shared how I order many of my groceries through health food coops and buy many organic foods from local farmers. And I’ve heard from many of you that you just don’t have many of these resources available where you live.
Here’s another great way I have been able purchase organic foods at bulk or discounted rates: I talk to my grocery store managers.
Most store managers are happy to order you boxes of food. And they’ll usually sell it to you for less than the shelf price. You know why? Because when you order a case of something…they know the entire case is going to walk out of the store. It won’t go bad while it’s waiting to be sold and have to be thrown out. And he won’t have to pay anyone to put it on the shelf. Everyone wins!
I can now call my local grocery store’s produce manager (who knows me now on a first name basis) and order cases of organic apples and carrots and mushrooms and broccoli…and many other items. If it is available to him, he’ll order it for me. When I order on a Monday, it comes in on Wednesday. Talk about instant gratification!
I paid just over a dollar per pound on these organic Fuji apples. The price of the non-organic Fuji apples for sale in the store? 99 cents a pound. I’d say I got a pretty good deal.
Now, our family can generally go through all 36 pounds of apples before they go bad…but sometimes I ask around to see if any of my friends want a nice bag or two of organic apples. Sometimes…we even coordinate and buy bulk produce every couple of weeks, then just split the cases. If you don’t think your family could tackle a whole case of produce…split it with your friends!
What do you think? Have you ever tried this idea? I think it’s a wonderful option for those of you who have limited health food resources! Be brave…give it a try!
This post is linked to Frugal Friday.