Deal or Frill: Angel Food Ministries

by Mike on April 8, 2010

I haven’t had an idea for the deal or frill series for a while. This was a guest post I received. Not only was it an awesome comparison, it fits nicely into the deal or frill series.

This is a guest post from Crystal of Budgeting in the Fun Stuff: A Personal Financial Blog about the Next Financial Step. It’s an open fiscal diary and a personal finance blog rolled into one…

For anybody who hasn’t heard of Angel Food Ministries, they are a non-profit business that sells pre-decided boxes of food at a discount once a month. Since they get bigger discounts for bigger orders, they welcome absolutely everyone to participate. They make tons of money and pay big wages to the founders, but that is why they are not classified as a charity although they do give some food away.

We started trying Angel Food Ministries this year to lower our overall food budget. Our expenses did fall about $150 a month for January and February, but we liked the January Menu WAY more. Here’s what we received and how much it would have cost from Kroger’s:

Angel Food Ministries January 2010 Menu
Signature Box – $30 from AFM

Kroger’s Prices as of 1/21/10

$5.50 1.5 lb Choice Beef Roast (YUM)

$5.00 2 lb Baby Back Ribs

$5.00 2.5 lb IQF Split Chicken Breast (We don’t like bones)

$4.00 2 lb Mac & Beef Dinner Entrée (So-so)

$3.00 1.5 lb Fully Cooked White Meat Breaded Chicken Patties

$1.78 1 lb Lean Ground Beef

$4.25 1 lb Bratwurst with Cheese

$1.00 1 lb Frozen Sliced Carrots

$1.00 1 lb Frozen Whole Kernel Corn

$1.25 8 ct Frozen Heat and Serve Pancakes

$1.75 10 ct Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

$3.00 3 lb or 4 ct Large Russet Baking Potatoes

$1.00 32 oz 2% Shelf Stable Milk

$1.25 Dozen Eggs

$4.00 Pie

—–

$42.78 Total for Krogers

January Special #17 lb Assorted Meat Grill Box – $23 from AFM

$20.00 2 lb Ribeye Steaks (4 x 8 oz) (YUMMY)

$6.50 2 lb Pork Roast (GOOD)

$3.50 1.5 lb Lean Hambuger Steak Patties (4 x 6 oz) (AWESOME)

$5.00 1.5 lb Italian Sausage with Cheese

—–

$35.00 Total for Krogers

January Special #5Premium Fresh Fruit and Veggie Box – $22 from AFM

$2.50 1 Large Golden-Ripe Pineapple

$3.30 1 3 lb Combo Pack (Washington Apples, Granny Smith Apples, and Oranges)

$0.60 2 Large Tree-Ripened Ruby Red Grapefruit

$1.00 1 Large Premium Haas Avocado

$0.75 1 lb California Carrots (Cello Bag)

$3.00 3 lb North Carolina Sweet Potatoes

$2.50 2 lb New Crop Red A-Size Potatoes

$1.50 2 lb Large-Medium Yellow Onions

$0.70 1 head Large Green Cabbage

$3.30 1 (8 oz) Package New Crop Georgia Shelled Pecan Halves

—–

$19.15 Total for Krogers

Everything tasted as expected and the fresh fruit and vegetables were really fresh. Overall, we were VERY happy with January, so we ordered two Signature boxes in February. Here’s what each box had:

Angel Food Ministries February 2010 Menu

Signature Box – $30 from AFM

Kroger’s Prices as of 1/28/10

$13.00 2 lb Top Sirloin Steaks (Too thin)

$5.50 1.5 lb Boneless Pork Roast (YUM)

$5.50 2 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (disproportional but great)

$6.00 2 lb Lasagna with Meat Sauce (Okay)

$3.00 1.5 lb Fully Cooked Boneless Chicken Drumsticks (YUCK)

$1.78 1 lb Lean Ground Beef

$1.00 1 lb Frozen Baby Lima Beans

$1.00 1 lb Frozen Green Beans

$1.00 1 lb Pasta

$1.11 25 oz. Pasta Sauce

$3.00 4 ct Large Russet Baking Potatoes

$1.00 32 oz 2% Shelf Stable Milk

$1.25 Dozen Eggs

$3.00 Snack Cookies

—–

$47.14 Total for Krogers

Overall, AFM is a good value IF you like everything in the box you want to order. We skipped March since the menu didn’t look very good for us, but we’re trying again in April since that menu looks great. I love the grab-bag mentality, so I think we’ll keep this up whenever the menus look yummy to us.

For those of you who don’t like AFM, there is also Food Share America and several others you could possibly try.

Angel Food Ministries, Yay or Nay?

For anybody who hasn’t heard of Angel Food Ministries, they are a non-profit business that sells pre-decided boxes of food at a discount once a month. Since they get bigger discounts for bigger orders, they welcome absolutely everyone to participate. They make tons of money and pay big wages to the founders, but that is why they are not classified as a charity although they do give some food away.

We started trying Angel Food Ministries this year to lower our overall food budget. Our expenses did fall about $150 a month for January and February, but we liked the January Menu WAY more. Here’s what we received and how much it would have cost from Kroger’s:

Angel Food Ministries January 2010 Menu

Signature Box – $30 from AFM

Kroger’s Prices as of 1/21/10

$5.50 1.5 lb Choice Beef Roast (YUM)

$5.00 2 lb Baby Back Ribs

$5.00 2.5 lb IQF Split Chicken Breast (We don’t like bones)

$4.00 2 lb Mac & Beef Dinner Entrée (So-so)

$3.00 1.5 lb Fully Cooked White Meat Breaded Chicken Patties

$1.78 1 lb Lean Ground Beef

$4.25 1 lb Bratwurst with Cheese

$1.00 1 lb Frozen Sliced Carrots

$1.00 1 lb Frozen Whole Kernel Corn

$1.25 8 ct Frozen Heat and Serve Pancakes

$1.75 10 ct Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

$3.00 3 lb or 4 ct Large Russet Baking Potatoes

$1.00 32 oz 2% Shelf Stable Milk

$1.25 Dozen Eggs

$4.00 Pie

—–

$42.78 Total for Krogers

January Special #17 lb Assorted Meat Grill Box – $23 from AFM

$20.00 2 lb Ribeye Steaks (4 x 8 oz) (YUMMY)

$6.50 2 lb Pork Roast (GOOD)

$3.50 1.5 lb Lean Hambuger Steak Patties (4 x 6 oz) (AWESOME)

$5.00 1.5 lb Italian Sausage with Cheese

—–

$35.00 Total for Krogers

January Special #5Premium Fresh Fruit and Veggie Box – $22 from AFM

$2.50 1 Large Golden-Ripe Pineapple

$3.30 1 3 lb Combo Pack (Washington Apples, Granny Smith Apples, and Oranges)

$0.60 2 Large Tree-Ripened Ruby Red Grapefruit

$1.00 1 Large Premium Haas Avocado

$0.75 1 lb California Carrots (Cello Bag)

$3.00 3 lb North Carolina Sweet Potatoes

$2.50 2 lb New Crop Red A-Size Potatoes

$1.50 2 lb Large-Medium Yellow Onions

$0.70 1 head Large Green Cabbage

$3.30 1 (8 oz) Package New Crop Georgia Shelled Pecan Halves

—–

$19.15 Total for Krogers

Everything tasted as expected and the fresh fruit and vegetables were really fresh. Overall, we were VERY happy with January, so we ordered two Signature boxes in February. Here’s what each box had:

Angel Food Ministries February 2010 Menu

Signature Box – $30 from AFM

Kroger’s Prices as of 1/28/10

$13.00 2 lb Top Sirloin Steaks (Too thin)

$5.50 1.5 lb Boneless Pork Roast (YUM)

$5.50 2 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (disproportional but great)

$6.00 2 lb Lasagna with Meat Sauce (Okay)

$3.00 1.5 lb Fully Cooked Boneless Chicken Drumsticks (YUCK)

$1.78 1 lb Lean Ground Beef

$1.00 1 lb Frozen Baby Lima Beans

$1.00 1 lb Frozen Green Beans

$1.00 1 lb Pasta

$1.11 25 oz. Pasta Sauce

$3.00 4 ct Large Russet Baking Potatoes

$1.00 32 oz 2% Shelf Stable Milk

$1.25 Dozen Eggs

$3.00 Snack Cookies

—–

$47.14 Total for Krogers

Overall, AFM is a good value IF you like everything in the box you want to order. We skipped March since the menu didn’t look very good for us, but we’re trying again in April since that menu looks great. I love the grab-bag mentality, so I think we’ll keep this up whenever the menus look yummy to us.

For those of you who don’t like AFM, there is also Food Share America and several others you could possibly try.

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