In the past 4 years, our family grocery have evolved through several stages. For now, we are happily settled on a plan that balanced well on convenience and cost.
Stage 1: Goodeggs
Even though we want to be frugal on most aspects of our living, we agreed to choose organic food for our weekly grocery to lower any health-related risk. Since neither of us own vehicle nor enjoy grocery shopping, we first chose goodggs for our weekly grocery delivery. There are two advantages in using this service:
- We can get all we need in one place. There are a variety of options: vegetables, fruits, seafood, etc. We just need to create a frequent list to iterate each week and do addiction/subtraction based on each week’s actual consumption.
- Same-day delivery. Well, we do plan ahead most of the time since the same-day delivery fee is higher, but sometimes it is great if you need something urgent.
As a supplement of goodeggs, we have an Amazon quarterly subscription list that we get wholesale stuff. For example, tomato sauce, olive oil, toilet paper, etc. Yes, goodeggs does have these things but it is much cheaper if we buy a bunch of them all at once. However, we do not go to Cosco everyweek since we are only a 2-person family.
Stage 2: Planet Organic (permanently closed)
We later found planet organic offers “juice box”, which is a box of in-season vegetables/fruits. This box is sold at a lower price (relative to selecting each individual one on your will), however, we love to eat in-season food so that is perfect for us. Although sometimes it is possible to get 10 lemons in two consecutive weeks, we just need to be more creative to use them (when life gives you lemons, make lemonade)! We kept using it until it shuts down its business.
Stage 3: Imperfect Produce
We managed to lower our weekly grocery cost to 50% by switching from goodeggs to planet organics, so we were determined to find a similar service. And we were surprised to find a even better option: imperfect produce. Surprisingly, vegetables and fruits have to pass several tests before being put on the shelf of a supermarket: if they are too big or their shape doesn’t look like “normal”, they are not able to make it through (life is not easy for them either). That’s how the imperfect produce comes from. There are quite amount of studies showing that these ugly produce are totally healthy and help to solve the world hunger problem, not to mention they are 30-50% less expensive than the beautiful vegetables. We also like the note the staff put in our box each week, sharing why these vegetables are rejected by the supermarket (most of the time it is because they are too big) and tips/recipes of how to use them.