I have a lovely friend that started a co-op with some families within our area. Our co-op has about 8 families and every fortnight she goes out with a helper. On a Thursday you can go and buy bulk at the Rocklea markets. To get into the bulk buying area it is $5 per car, which is well worth it. This is a great way to get fresh fruit and vegetable at competitive prices. This makes a huge impact on my budget especially when you compare what you get from one of the larger chain stores. What we get can vary season to season and sometimes I need to get something extra when I do my grocery shop. The other side of the coin sometimes they will get an item I don’t cook often eg rhubarb. I just look for recipes to use it up and make something new and exciting for the family. With a large family, this works well for me, this won’t work for some families but you could share it out more or sell on to other families you know.
This is a great place to shop for meat and they often have some great deals. The Hans Primo Shop is in Wacol. Follow their Facebook page and every week you will see they post specials. I wait for their really good specials and go and stock up on the basics for the family. For us, I buy a whole chicken, chicken breast, mince, bacon and any other specials. Their cold meats are competitively priced to the supermarkets. I will often email them my order, As I bulk buy of the specials. This just makes it easier for me with little children. Then I go in and see what else there is before get my emailed order and pay. I have never been disappointed with my meat from the Hans Factory shop and the service has always been great.
Over the last year, I started using more environmentally and chemically friendly products. This is and will be a journey of trial and error to see what works well for your family. I have found this co-op and it has meant that I have been able to change the products we use and that it hasn’t broken my budget. It does mean that you need to put some money aside each week for that bulk buy when it comes around.
You source a range of products from the Buyer collective from organic meats, nuts, grocery items, cleaning, personal hygiene, vitamins and so much more. The pricing is very competitive.
The way in which this group works is you order what you would like through a google doc document. There is a close off date, about a week after the close off date you will get an invoice to pay for your goods. You pay and then on a Saturday/ Sunday you can collect your goods and This group is run by such a lovely lady and if you are interested in finding out more please email me and I can put you in contact with the group.
P and L Meats
P and L Meats is right next door to Blunder Road Markets in Oxley, so it is convenient. It has a really good selection of meats and often has some really good specials. The quality of the meat is good and pricing competitive. I often get a twin pack of chickens for approx $8 and the old meat is around $16 a kg. They also have a selection of cheeses and yogurt really cheap that are close to expiration date.
If you are a kiwi you will see a few NZ items in this butcher L&P drink, Kiwi ice cream to name a few. P and L Meats text you weekly specials so worthwhile signing up for that and also their facebook page
Blunder Road Markets
Blunder Road Markets often has some fantastic specials. I do find that it is worth just checking everything as sometimes the stock outside can be close to spoiling. I find that I get great value for money here, and I go here when I need to really need to do a big vegetable shop and stock up on staples. At the back of the store they often have a trolley full of good that is soft or close to spoiling, great if you are wanting to make jams or pasta sauces. They also have a selection of spices, yogurt, and Lebanese bread.
I hope you found my Top 5 Places to Grocery shop informative and helpful. Do you have a great spot where you shop and get a bargain? I would love to hear from you and please share your Top spots.