Buying Good Cheap Eats Means You Can Share More

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buying good cheap eats means you can share

I was reminded afresh today of one of the great benefits of shopping for bargains and operating on a budget: the ability to share. If I didn’t look for economical ways to buy things, particularly food, we’d max out our resources. Instead, we’re often blessed with an abundance for less money, thanks to savvy shopping.

Today’s produce delivery was HUGE. Not only was the box full and fresh looking, a welcome change to some of the recent boxes, but there were extras on the side. There was a replacement melon for the bad one we got a few weeks ago, meaning we had TWO melons, each larger than a small child.

I had also ordered a ten pound box of pears and a fifteen box of grapes. On the same week! I don’t know what I was thinking.

There’s no room in the fridge thanks to all the recipe testing I need to do. So, what do I do?

I make a huge bundle to share with a friend. Yay! We won’t waste food and we get to bless someone with a dozen beautiful organic pears, a gallon of crunchy grapes, and a bag of eggplant.

I confess, the eggplant was because I wanted to be DONE with it! (I checked to make sure they liked eggplant, first) But the grapes and pears, those were “first fruits”, if you will.

What have you shared recently?

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I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Amy says

    How do you buy your produce like that? Where do you find it?

    • I get mine delivered by Abundant Harvest Organics. It’s a California co-op that operates between San Diego and Bakersfield.

      • Katie says

        I looked up yours recently and it goes at least as far north as Chico, so I think it’s all over California. Bountiful Baskets is much less expensive ($16.50 each time, $26.50 for a smaller amount of organic), but it is not local produce. It’s the same kind of things you’d buy in the grocery store, and if you see something on a killer sale in the grocery stores that week you’ll probably see it in your box as well. That said, I’ve been participating in Bountiful Baskets off and on for about 4 years, so it’s a good program for my family. Oh–no delivery for Bountiful Baskets. You can find them at

    • Jessie says

      I discovered Bountiful baskets, a nation wide CSA type group. You order online and can choose regular or organic plus any number of add ons. It’s so cheap and a great variety as well as quality.

  2. Meg says

    Asked my parents to pick up and enjoy last week’s CSA basket. They were like 2 kids in a candy store!

  3. Jen says

    Fresh picked apples! We picked 2 bushels on Labor Day. I’ve shared them with my neighbors, friends and co-workers.

  4. Trish says

    I grow a big garden and I love to share stuff from it when I have extra. This year I had lots of tomatoes and wasn’t really in the mood to process any for preserving so I was able to share in big quantities. I also shared some cukes with a young friend who wanted to pickle- really fun to be able to do this. And my horse vet gave me a discount for sharing kale and cukes and tomatoes with her. Score!!

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