|RE: PAYING MEMBERS||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Thu, 17 Feb 94 04:50:21 PST|
At Sharingwood we buy much of our food in bulk, direct from the suppliers. It works well for us and saves people about 35% off retail. We are able to do community dinners for about $2 a meal. The drawback is that someone has to keep track of the orders, divide up the food (25lbs of rolled oats divided into 9 orders is pretty time consuming stuff) and of course reconcil the payments. Another advantage to this other than saving money is the tremendous reduction of landfill material by buying in bulk and using recycled and everlasting containers instead of all that packaging. For example we get 40 boneless chicken breasts, organically grown and frozen in paper packaging at $1.85lb. At the local store, lower quality chicken is sold, in styrofoam and plastic wrapped packaging for $2.89lb. We not only save on the cost of the food, we save the environment too! To get this going a good source is to contact your local food coop and find out who there suppliers are. Fortunately for us in the Puget Sound area we have a whole chain of Coops which are supplied by Nutra-Source. When we order more than $300 in food, delivery is free! The co in cohousing stands for Cooperative! Rob Sandelin Puget Sound Cohousing Network ----------
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