Tue, Aug 23 2011 at 2:18 AM
If you don't have much storage space, and your previous experience with bulk-buying created a lot of food waste; it may be a good idea to ask a few friends and neighbors whether they are interested in splitting the produce with you (and even take turns doing the shopping to also save on time and gas.) This way, you have more control of what items you are going to get. There are other ideas here http://splitstuff.com/find/food-drink on what food items to split, aside from the produce to save money. Hope it helps!
Wed, Mar 30 2011 at 2:20 AM
Thank you for affirming my belief that saving money and saving the environment are best done in the context of a group or a community. My friends and I have organized ourselves using an online tool called SplitStuff (http://splitstuff.com) thus we find it easy and convenient to share resources and split expenses. We save money, time, and energy. At the same time we deepen our friendship. There is so much we can do together.
Wed, Mar 16 2011 at 11:21 AM
My husband and I have tried both. We used to do "extreme couponing" but, just like you, we ended up buying items we didn't need. We are now practicing "collaborative consumption". We helped organize a group of friends and neighbors so we could buy items in bulk that we all really need. We are now using an online tool called SplitStuff (http://splitstuff.com) which makes the process easier. In my experience, splitting is one of the best forms of collaborative consumption since you can buy the best quality items at the cheapest cost.