Chances are you have purchased something in bulk at one time or another. Did you find a great deal at the grocery store and decide to stock up? Or perhaps you belong to a box discount store like Sam’s Club or Costco. Many times, purchasing items in bulk at such stores runs much cheaper than the individual purchases at your local grocery store. But did you know you have another option too? It’s called a co-op.
They are sometimes little known groups of people who run “stores” out of their homes, that then allow other local people to go in on one big bulk purchase to get items that are hard to get or items that are available cheaper than your Sam’s Club or Costco.
Here in Alaska, I know of two such co-ops. Wholy Lliving and Provident Living. These two groups only order twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. So purchases are made according to your six month usage. Because you are purchasing so much ahead of time, storage consideration is a must. Where will you keep your precious stock of wheat, sugar, beans or other such bulk items? Pricing, and items offered, often vary by co-op. But with a little research and understand of how these groups work, it can be worth the upfront costs, to save you tons of money in the long run.
Perhaps you have considered purchasing in bulk in the past, but didn't know where to look. Ask around at church, or perhaps call a few different churches in your area. They may know of some that you didn't even know existed.
Contact and ordering information for Wholy Living is found on their web site.
Provident Living is an outreach and home storage program through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Please contact your local church for more information regarding ordering in your area.
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