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What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683754] Tue, 22 February 2011 12:54 Go to next message
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Monthly Grocery Budget Per Person[ 25 vote(s) ]
1.Over $150/mo 0 / 0%
2.$100-$150/mo 15 / 60%
3.$50-$100/mo 7 / 28%
4.Less than $50/mo 3 / 12%

Last year we averaged $500 monthly...so around $125 per person. This MONTH with my fanatical couponing I'm hoping to come in around $200...$50 per person. I feel like this is huge...but maybe we were out of control before, LOL Smile. I know I didn't pay enough attention to prices/sales, that's for sure!


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683761 is a reply to message #683754 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 13:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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My budget is $800 for 7 people, so that's about $115/month per person. I know I can do better.

Karen in TN

[Updated on: Tue, 22 February 2011 13:32]


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683766 is a reply to message #683754 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 13:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Dh thinks it may be a fluke that I'm doing so well this month...b/c I stocked up on good deals last month. Time will tell, I suppose Smile


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683767 is a reply to message #683754 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 14:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I am in hopes that by stocking up on whatever is on sale month to month that eventually you could keep the expenses low regularly as by the time the stock in one area is getting low, that those items would come around on sale again. Maybe that's wishful thinking! Wink

Dh and I are going to be sitting down and having some serious talks about this sort of thing. We are at the point where we need to figure out if me working a different job (and paying for dd's tuition) would be beneficial or if tightening things up and doing more scratch cooking etc would be a better help than working... still not sure if we are homeschooling or not for hs.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683771 is a reply to message #683754 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 14:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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On our paper budget I get $40/wk for 4 adults (I guess my 20yo and 18yo are adults Smile ). And that includes cleaning supplies, health & beauty, and drugs and food for a cat and dog.

However, DH has given me lump sums to take advantage of certain deals, so that would make my total higher but I'm not sure what the exact figure is (I love the idea and like seeing other people's totals but I'm not disciplined to writing everything down). Like Melissa in GA gave me info on a grain coop in Alabama. I purchased at least 4 yrs of grain. So all our bread and isn't included in that $40/wk. And then also sometimes DH will just give me money when he does lawn mowing on the side.

I have two full pantries, a large full deep freezer, and two side by side refrigerators full of things that were cheap. So, that allows me just to buy the cheap/freebies to put into the pantry or freezer. And we have a chicken processing plant downtown that sells chicken once a month and sometimes you can get boneless skinless breasts and breaded chicken for .50/lb----so that really helps me to do the $40/wk.

Lisa

[Updated on: Tue, 22 February 2011 14:30]

Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683782 is a reply to message #683771 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 16:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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lunchlady wrote on Tue, 22 February 2011 14:29

On our paper budget I get $40/wk for 4 adults (I guess my 20yo and 18yo are adults Smile ). And that includes cleaning supplies, health & beauty, and drugs and food for a cat and dog.

However, DH has given me lump sums to take advantage of certain deals, so that would make my total higher but I'm not sure what the exact figure is (I love the idea and like seeing other people's totals but I'm not disciplined to writing everything down). Like Melissa in GA gave me info on a grain coop in Alabama. I purchased at least 4 yrs of grain. So all our bread and isn't included in that $40/wk. And then also sometimes DH will just give me money when he does lawn mowing on the side.

I have two full pantries, a large full deep freezer, and two side by side refrigerators full of things that were cheap. So, that allows me just to buy the cheap/freebies to put into the pantry or freezer. And we have a chicken processing plant downtown that sells chicken once a month and sometimes you can get boneless skinless breasts and breaded chicken for .50/lb----so that really helps me to do the $40/wk.

Lisa


Wow, Lisa! That's great! My grocery budget does NOT include health and beauty or household items. I don't have any real storage space like that, so that limits how much stocking up I can do.

I really hope I can see big savings every month...time will tell!


Chris, GA
Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683783 is a reply to message #683782 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 16:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I forgot too say that having a garden really helps. My garden did so well last year, and a huge part of our meals came from the garden.

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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683784 is a reply to message #683754 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 16:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Is this food only? My budget is $200/wk for five people... but that includes all cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, otc meds, dog food, laundry stuff and the occasional print cartridge, lol. Confused Not sure how to break it down into food only.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683787 is a reply to message #683784 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 16:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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My budget is $800/month ($200/week) for 6 people and 7 animals, plus an assortment of friends that tend to eat here quite often. Last year I usually spent all of that, sometimes more. This year I'm doing much better with coupons and trying to keep it as close to $100/week as I can. In January I averaged $201/wk and so far February has averaged $174/wk. That includes all cleaners, paper products, pet food, hygiene items and food. It does not include eating out.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683802 is a reply to message #683784 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 17:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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PamE wrote on Tue, 22 February 2011 16:33

Is this food only? My budget is $200/wk for five people... but that includes all cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, otc meds, dog food, laundry stuff and the occasional print cartridge, lol. Confused Not sure how to break it down into food only.


Yep, we break out groceries, household (tp, etc.), pets, and hygiene (health and beauty) in Quicken, so I was just wondering about food specifically. Smile


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683817 is a reply to message #683754 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 19:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hmm... I couldn't tell you food only. My cleaning supplies, toiletries, and pet supplies are included in my grocery budget because I buy them all at once. I've never broken it all down.

I normally spend about $600/month for 4 people (some months more, some months less), so $150/person. This is for 3 meals a day for all of us since DH packs his lunch from home every day.

I'm not nearly as careful with my planning, coupons, and sales as I was before I started working.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683818 is a reply to message #683817 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 19:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I am feeding 7. I spend about $500 a month on just food.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683823 is a reply to message #683771 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 19:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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lunchlady wrote on Tue, 22 February 2011 13:29

Like Melissa in GA gave me info on a grain coop in Alabama. I purchased at least 4 yrs of grain.


Lisa, could you share this info, please? (Of course, I can't imagine how I'd have room to store 4 yrs. worth of grain here!)


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683830 is a reply to message #683754 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 20:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We feed a family of 10 (more or less, when it's more it is usually 6 more for a week or 2) on $500/month - so it is about $50 per person. But as we now have mostly everyone in the adult or teenage category, everyone eats A LOT! Depending on the month, that $500 also includes our household items -- sometimes I get an extra $50 for those, but not the past 6-8 months. There just is no extra $$ it seems.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683855 is a reply to message #683754 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 22:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Y'all do really well!


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683856 is a reply to message #683754 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 22:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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$130 per person per month. My goal for 2011 is $650 a month for the 5 of us on average (some months will be higher, some lower) for all food, paper products, cleaning supplies, farmer's market, u-pick fruit in summer, and toiletries. Last year we spent $680, but I was including dd's diapers in that. She is now too big for the kind you can buy in the store, so I don't have that in the grocery budget any more. I've been tracking our costs for a couple of years and the winter months are the low months because we are using our stockpile. July is expensive as I get enough locally grown fruit to put up (like 30 lbs of blueberries for the freezer). I stock up on locally grown beef in the fall before the farmer's market ends for winter. The holidays are more expensive. December was about $700 while January was $480. I just enter everything in a very simple Excel spreadsheet to keep track.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683863 is a reply to message #683754 ] Tue, 22 February 2011 23:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Mine is $300/month for the 5 of us. That includes paper products, food, cleaning supplies, h&b items, and diapers for my 2 youngest. I buy a lot of our diapers through Amazon with giftcards, so I don't usually pay oop for those. I don't really count DD#3 as eating yet, since she's still mostly breastfed and just branching out into eating bits of things off our plates. (She won't touch baby food of any sort.)

I don't think I'm going to make budget this month. There have been a lot of good sales and I've done a lot of stocking up, so I think I'll end up slightly over. I only have $28 left for this month, so we'll see what happens. Wink

[Updated on: Tue, 22 February 2011 23:29]


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683869 is a reply to message #683754 ] Wed, 23 February 2011 00:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Wow, I've always felt so guilty about how high my grocery budget is. 2 years ago when the prices locally rose about 20-25% and I had to increase my already very tight budget from $400-500, I FREAKED OUT! (well, not really, but that's how I felt inside) But...maybe I shouldn't feel guilty, maybe I'm doing OK.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683898 is a reply to message #683869 ] Wed, 23 February 2011 09:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Kate Megill wrote on Wed, 23 February 2011 00:08

Wow, I've always felt so guilty about how high my grocery budget is. 2 years ago when the prices locally rose about 20-25% and I had to increase my already very tight budget from $400-500, I FREAKED OUT! (well, not really, but that's how I felt inside) But...maybe I shouldn't feel guilty, maybe I'm doing OK.


Kate, you are doing better than OK in my book! You are doing FANTASIC! Smile

I think I'm feeling a little guilty for spending $500/mo on food only for the 4 of us after reading this thread *I* started, LOL. But I'm just glad I'm paying attention now Smile.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683908 is a reply to message #683898 ] Wed, 23 February 2011 10:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Wow Kate, I think that's amazing!

We budget $500 for 4 of us which includes everything but dog food, including casual eating out for the boys occasionally. DH travels weekly so I only feed him on the weekends. DH buys the dog food about $40 a month.

When I go off budget other places I'm always trying to make up for it in the grocery budget. Very Happy

I've had zero success gardening and our farmer's market is no bargain. I find better produce deals at a small grocery chain that focuses on healthy food.
Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683911 is a reply to message #683898 ] Wed, 23 February 2011 10:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Chris, GA wrote on Wed, 23 February 2011 08:36

Kate Megill wrote on Wed, 23 February 2011 00:08

Wow, I've always felt so guilty about how high my grocery budget is. 2 years ago when the prices locally rose about 20-25% and I had to increase my already very tight budget from $400-500, I FREAKED OUT! (well, not really, but that's how I felt inside) But...maybe I shouldn't feel guilty, maybe I'm doing OK.


Kate, you are doing better than OK in my book! You are doing FANTASIC! Smile

I think I'm feeling a little guilty for spending $500/mo on food only for the 4 of us after reading this thread *I* started, LOL. But I'm just glad I'm paying attention now Smile.

But you know, Chris, if on that $500 you are buying whole and healthy foods, then it is worth the extra money! I end up having to use a lot of carbs to fill us up because we simply cannot afford to have the bulk of our eating come from fruits and vegetables or organic foods. If we had and extra $200/month, we'd be eating MUCH healthier - but within our parameters we are eating as healthily as we can.

I read a blog where the gal was able to feed a family of 4 on $260 a month BUT as she was learning more about healthy eating, she upped her budget to $500/month! Now they eat all whole organic foods! I would LOVE to do that! But it just AIN'T gonna happen till the children move out.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683914 is a reply to message #683911 ] Wed, 23 February 2011 10:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Kate Megill wrote on Wed, 23 February 2011 10:29

Chris, GA wrote on Wed, 23 February 2011 08:36

Kate Megill wrote on Wed, 23 February 2011 00:08

Wow, I've always felt so guilty about how high my grocery budget is. 2 years ago when the prices locally rose about 20-25% and I had to increase my already very tight budget from $400-500, I FREAKED OUT! (well, not really, but that's how I felt inside) But...maybe I shouldn't feel guilty, maybe I'm doing OK.


Kate, you are doing better than OK in my book! You are doing FANTASIC! Smile

I think I'm feeling a little guilty for spending $500/mo on food only for the 4 of us after reading this thread *I* started, LOL. But I'm just glad I'm paying attention now Smile.

But you know, Chris, if on that $500 you are buying whole and healthy foods, then it is worth the extra money! I end up having to use a lot of carbs to fill us up because we simply cannot afford to have the bulk of our eating come from fruits and vegetables or organic foods. If we had and extra $200/month, we'd be eating MUCH healthier - but within our parameters we are eating as healthily as we can.

I read a blog where the gal was able to feed a family of 4 on $260 a month BUT as she was learning more about healthy eating, she upped her budget to $500/month! Now they eat all whole organic foods! I would LOVE to do that! But it just AIN'T gonna happen till the children move out.


Thanks, Kate Smile I do buy some expensive items, but we are not anywhere near all whole organic foods. Our coconut oil, olive oil and honey are pricey and dh has started snacking on fruit which is great but not cheap.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683921 is a reply to message #683898 ] Wed, 23 February 2011 11:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yes, Kate is doing GREAT!

We've had several pay cuts over the years. 10 years ago I could have easily spent $100-$125/wk with grade school kids (and prices were cheaper too!). I shopped the sales but didn't worry about diverging if we wanted something special that wasn't on sale.

Then, I had to tighten my budget and with couponing and also doing more whole foods my budget used to be $90/wk. This was probably from around 2005 onward.

We are only at $40/wk because DH's company closed 2 years ago and and currently he's what would be considered underemployed. It's out of necessity. I haven't been doing this for years and pocketing the extra money (I wish). My lower grocery budget is a recent development. God is soo good to clear the way to make this doable.

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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #683934 is a reply to message #683754 ] Wed, 23 February 2011 12:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have about $50/wk for everything. But dh helps out with milk...which we always need and he usually buys his own (and for oldest ds now) soap/hairwash, deoderant, and razor blades unless I find a great sale. Plus he knows what he wants...he's found what works for him and that's what he gets. So this probably evens it out back to about $50/person.

What has made this more challenging lately is my oldest ds needing lots of snacks and protein bars (3 snacks a day and protein bars for running). We are not big snackers so this is a huge change. And he can't just have a piece of fruit or some pretzels. It MUST have protein with it. So while before I very rarely bought crackers, now I buy them frequently...whole grain only. And then lots of cheese and peanut butter and yogurt. And a decent protein bar that is low in sugars is on the pricey side. I need to start buying those in bulk.


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #684224 is a reply to message #683754 ] Fri, 25 February 2011 08:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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good question!! I will read this thread with interest. Ive been wanting to closely check our grocery expenditures.... which i generally put on credit card( and pay off monthy).... ( so it ought ot be easy enough to track, tho time consuming)

Id like to budget cash for groceries.... and to cut back... but i want to set a fair amount aside.

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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #684301 is a reply to message #683754 ] Fri, 25 February 2011 16:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We have been working on tweaking our food budget since moving last year. Bulk items are much more readily available in our new town so I take advantage of that any way I can. I keep a food storage room in the basement with items that were on sale and such. It is like my own little grocery store down there and we try to eat from it as much as possible.

Our biggest money saver has been Bountiful Baskets....especially in the colder months. For $15 I can get TWO laundry baskets full of good produce...half of it is veggies the other half is fruit. We pick up our basket on Saturday and I make my menu according to what type of produce is in the basket and on my shelves. Normally I only I have to pick up a few items from the store to complete my meals for the week and then one big stocking up trip a month.

We are also planning on buying a grain grinder in March so I can start making all our bread products. You can buy 5 gallon buckets of grain here at walmart or just about any grocery store for very cheap. I plan to get one that can grind corn too so I can make cornflour out of bulk bags of dried popcorn too.
Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #684351 is a reply to message #684301 ] Sat, 26 February 2011 00:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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TXwifeandmommy wrote on Fri, 25 February 2011 15:42

We have been working on tweaking our food budget since moving last year. Bulk items are much more readily available in our new town so I take advantage of that any way I can. I keep a food storage room in the basement with items that were on sale and such. It is like my own little grocery store down there and we try to eat from it as much as possible.

Our biggest money saver has been Bountiful Baskets....especially in the colder months. For $15 I can get TWO laundry baskets full of good produce...half of it is veggies the other half is fruit. We pick up our basket on Saturday and I make my menu according to what type of produce is in the basket and on my shelves. Normally I only I have to pick up a few items from the store to complete my meals for the week and then one big stocking up trip a month.

We are also planning on buying a grain grinder in March so I can start making all our bread products. You can buy 5 gallon buckets of grain here at walmart or just about any grocery store for very cheap. I plan to get one that can grind corn too so I can make cornflour out of bulk bags of dried popcorn too.

What is Bountful Baskets?


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Re: What's your monthly grocery budget per person? [message #684362 is a reply to message #683754 ] Sat, 26 February 2011 07:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Dh and I sat down last night and had a serious talk about this sort of thing. We made a plan to finish paying off a loan we have which is our only "debt" (no credit card debt) other than our mortgage and a "loan" we took out of his retirement to put a new roof on last year... that is our own money we pay back to ourselves.

The plan is to try and stay at $100 a week for groceries. Some weeks may need to have a little more for personal supplies etc, but I have a pretty good stock pile of those right now and will purchase them only on very good sales at Rite-Aid. (we don't have any discount or bulk food stores closer than 2 hours drive, so this makes cutting the grocery bill quite challenging in our area)Our plan is to eliminate that debt by summer. We can pay a little over 1/2 of the balance using our income tax money (saving some for emergencies) and blitzing it every week with whatever we can spare!

You ladies on here all inspired this move...we'd been thinking about it for a long time but never put action behind it.

[Updated on: Sat, 26 February 2011 07:45]


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We average around $75-$100 per month per person.

I basically shop at two stores - Aldi and a local farmer's market for fruits and veggies. I will pick up meat at the local grocery store when it's on sale.


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Quote:

What is Bountful Baskets?


Kate....
We have two different places here.

One sells conventional produce. They have a number of items and you order large or small size. You order and pick up every few weeks. From what I understand, this one is not even farm fresh so I cannot understand the draw. I think I would do better on my own -- especially since I would need to purchase several baskets for my larger family.

The other one we have is local produce and I think it is organic. It works similarly and you get seasonal items. You can add things like eggs and honey if you wish. It is kind of like a CSA, but 1) there is no commitment and 2) you pay as you order. I am considering this one, but I still would need to order a number of baskets and I am just not sure I want to. You WILL get things you don't normally buy. This would be good for people who only buy iceburg lettuce or something like that. But i buy a variety already. I MIGHT be able to do better for my family using farmer's markets, etc. I think it is a great option for a small family.


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