This is an re-post. For those new to Bountiful Baskets I thought I would run this through again. We picked up a basket this weekend and here is some updated information.
I did, so I thought I would share with you how it went. You can take a look above at the basket of produce I got over the weekend and see an updated list of the items on the chart below and how it compared to Walmart pricing.
All that produce was $15.00. Ordering is a pretty easy process. You just order and pay for your basket on-line then go to the pick up point. You will receive an email the night before confirming your order and reminding you to check on the website for any possible changes. I thought overall communication was good. I do think there website is a little, shall we say “flimsy” but, this is a non-profit, that is run by volunteers.
Once you get to the site you are given a number. Then you find your produce baskets (in this case there were two areas). They have been pre-portioned by volunteers so you just grab and go. Transfer the contents of the baskets to your own box, bag or basket and you're done. As I was talking to the regulars of this program, the two most common remarks were:
1- “Get the bread?” At check out you are offered several other selections including a 5 loaf bread package ($10.00). That seemed like a lot to me, so I didn't get it. But, the pro's say it's worth every penny! And…
2- “Sometimes you get things you just don't eat.” Examples of this might be Collard Greens, Brussels Sprouts and Asparagus. I eat and love all those items, so that didn't bother me in the least.
Once I picked up my basket, my curiosity got the better of me, so I decided to put this deal to the test. I weighed and counted each of the items I got, then headed to the stores. Let me start by telling you the price comparisons made here were done on the same day I picked up my basket. The only variation is that my Walmart did not have Brussels Sprouts that day so I averaged WinCo and Smith's price to get the price. And, the pineapple price shown is “after the $.50 DelMonte coupon”. WinCo did not have DelMonte Pineapple.
UPDATED NOTES: This original price comparison above was done in 2010. As shown above, it's even better now as the cost of the baskets is still $15.00.
I am a regular of Bountiful Baskets and find getting these mystery ingredients fun and inspiring for healthier meal planning. The one thing I would say it that I do think that location is key, if any of the pick-up locations are convenient for you then go for it. It's fun and you do save some money. If the locations are out of the way for you then I'd save the gas and stick with the sales.