Saving Money On Food By Shopping Through Co-ops

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Saving Money On Food By Shopping Through Co-ops

If you are new to this series you may want to start at the beginning HERE.  

A Food Co-op is a way to save money on food while still shopping for it locally. It is food distribution outlet that acts like a cooperative. That means the decisions about the production and distribution of its food is chosen by its members.  So In a co-op you get to say what type of food you get if it is organic or non-organic, how it is grown and where it is grown.  

Food Co-ops are  are wonderful for those who like to cook new things are aren’t afraid to try new things.  They are also wonderful if you want the freshest produce for the cheapest price.  For those who are not so comfortable with those things, they are a bit harder to use unless you are able to get past that.

Benefits of a food co-op

Even though stores buy in season items closer to the actual store, they still have to include transport time and shelf life into their decision when to pick.  Food co-ops usually get their produce the day of or day after the produce is picked. so it can be the freshest and most prime time for picking.  A lot of people say this makes the produce taste better.

Most co-ops get you the produce at around 50% off the price the store. This is often cheaper then when you shop the sale prices at stores.

This is also a great way to get your family eating a variety of healthy fruits and veggies.  During the summer there are lots of fruits and winter there is usually more veggies in your packs.  When you get new things you have never cooked before you learn new ways to cook them and your family tries new items.

Some co-ops even include breads.  This is an added bonus if you have a co-op near you that includes bread, as this is a huge cost for a lot of people.  It is also usually freshly made and very healthy.

How to find a local food co-op

To find a co-op I would start on the internet look up “food co-op” and your city and see what comes up. Another good place to search is facebook as lots of local co-ops will have facebook groups or pages.

Second, you could do a search Bountiful Baskets to see if your state and city are included in their program.  This is one of the cheapest and best co-ops I have seen so if you can get in on this I would definitely do it!

Third, I would ask grocers and food market participants if they know of any in your area.  They may know if some if they participate in selling their produce to them.

Lastly, I would ask everyone around you if they know of one.  If they don’t you may want to get a group of neighbors together and start your own co-op.

Do you have any tips for finding or Using a Co-op?  Have you ever used one?  What has your experience been?

Be sure to check out other ways to save money on food!

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Getting Outside, Even In The Heat

Filed Under: Family Life

This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own.

It is summer and while for most places that means it is a time of playing outside and climbing trees, for us it is a time of scorching heat and sweat dripping of you when you go get the mail.

Getting Your Kids Outside When It is Hot

It is SO hard to even think about taking your kids outside to play, let alone making it happen.  

Didn’t I just say…..

With 4 kids it is an undertaking at least.  The conversation usually goes like this:

Me: “Kids, it is time to go play outside.  you need to get your shoes on.”

Kids: “yay I love playing outside”

Me: “I am going to put my shoes on, get yours on so we can go out.”

3 minutes later….

Me:”ok, I am done lets g……. why don’t you have your shoes on?  Where is Quinn so I can get his shoes on?  Please get your shoes on….. come on guys!  you said you wanted to go out!” 

Kids: “we are getting them!”

Me: “OK, I am going to put Quinn’s shoes on, get yours on before I am done.”

3 minutes later……

Me: “ok,….. Where are your shoes??  I seriously thought I just tod you to put them on!  Braxton, Reagan, Kiley…. here are your shoes PLEASE put them on.  If we wait any longer it is going to be too hot and we wont be able to go play at all.  come on!”

5 minutes later…..

Me: “ok, 2 of you finally listened, 1 to go…. Reagan, PLEASE get your shoes on!!!!!  I am trying to not get upset, but I really need you to get them on so we can be outside for a bit.  Reagan,….Reagan,…. yay!  you finally got one on….  ok, now for the other one.  you got this.  keep going…. ok, you put your toes in… keep going… your doing great!!!!  YAY!!!  you got your shoes on!”

I turn to go open the door and turn back around……

Me: “seriously Kiley???  Where are your shoes????  You just had them on, where are they?

Kiley: “In da bafroom”

Me: “what are they doing in the bathroom?”

Kiley: “I don’t know…”

I close the door, go into the bathroom get the shoes and put them on her.  Then I go back and open the door.  

Quinn and Braxton usually walk out no problem.  Kiley usually has a battle with me about taking her whole room of toys out to play.  I tell her to not take them out that we are going out to run and play with the outside toys.  

After about 5 minutes she finally agrees to go out without taking anything.  Then Reagan comes to the door.  “AHHHHH!  It is too… (picture this in the whinniest voice you can imagine)  hot!!  I don’t want to go out…. where are my sun glasses????  I am hot!!!!”

Me: “Reagan, please just go out!  Quinn is out there and I need to go get him.”

Reagan: “But it is too hot!  I don’t want to get hot!”  (yes she is 6 going on 16)

At this point I usually end up pushing her out the door and locking it behind me and go get Quinn.

Playing outside with kids

Kids Need To Be Outside

I know it is important for them to go out and play, but with all that work I have to really mentally get myself prepared.  So I usually like to spend our outside time somewhere with others so I can get some help when I have an emotional meltdown… I mean the kids have an emotional meltdown…*wink, wink*

A couple weeks ago, We were at my moms and took the kids in the front to ride bikes.  My 7 year old learned to ride a bike about a year ago.  Reagan had never ridden a bike without training wheels and my husband was on his day off of studying and this was our chance to get her taught.    

The Lessons Begin

My husband took her out on her brothers bike and did the best thing he could.  He got her started riding while he ran behind the bike.  Up and down the street he ran while she got used to balancing while peddling.

After about 5 times up and down the street he started running and then let go.  She kept going then noticed dad wasn’t around her.  We were all holding our breath hoping she wouldn’t fall when she started to get worried because dad wasn’t with her.

But it was the opposite.  She was so proud of herself and she just kept going.

I knew we had to get her a bike of her own.  So we took her to Kmart to get a bike!

Kmart Kids Bikes

There was a huge selection of bikes at different price ranges.

It was hard to pick, because they even had a variety of character bikes which had bags and horns.

Girls Dragonfly Bike

We picked out a 16 inch dragonfly bike.  She loves it! I love the colors too!  It is SO her!

Girls Bikes From Kmart

What is even better is that we now have a bike for each of our bike riders!  That means more outside bike riding time and hopefully more excitement to get outside for everyone!

This post was sponsored by Kmart, but all opinions and experiences are my own!

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Saving Money At The Grocery Store By Price Matching

Filed Under: Coupons, Deals, and Freebies, Frugal Living, How To Save

price matching to save you money on Groceries

If you are new to this series you may want to start at the beginning HERE

Each time I go out to grocery shop, I have one of these two situations to deal with.

Stop touching your brother!

Me loading 4 kids into the car and driving to the store where I take them all out and load 2 of the littles into the cart.  Usually one kid in the cart seat and the other in the basket.  Then I load the other 2 on the side of the cart and push it  into the store.  While in the store, My time is usually taken up with me telling my kids to stop touching, stop running away… “where did you go??”  “why are you touching that?  I have told you 3 times to put it down.”  “No, you can’t have that candy, put it down.”   “sit down!”  Ya, you get the idea. Or….

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Fresh and Easy Quick Meals Saved My Day!

Filed Under: Family Life

Thank you to Fresh & Easy for sponsoring this post and keeping my meals quick and healthy!

Summer has been crazy for us.  We have moved and been trying to purge a lot of our things we had in our garage in Southern California.  Not to mention the over 100 degree weather that we have had to battle at least 60% of the time we have been here.

fresh and easy to go meals

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Saving Money On Grocery Shopping through Knowing Your Grocery Store

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saving money in grocery shopping by knowing your grocery store

If you are new to this series you may want to start at the beginning HERE

Way back when we we started to be aware of our money and where it was going we were crazy busy.  I had finished my 4 year degree in 2006 and I had a baby about 3 months later.  I was the typical new mom that wanted her child to be perfect, which means I was busy schooling him (at 6 months..*eye roll*), going to the park and giving him every experience out there and managing our money.  (#aintnobodygottimeforthat).

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