As a new Co-op member last year I shopped there several times a week, almost always charging my purchases – until I read about what a huge difference it would make to them if we all switched to debit cards. Seems that the cost to the merchant is so much less for debit cards, the Co-op could wipe out its entire operating deficit if its members simply made that one simple switch.
THAT got my attention. So I switched to using my debit card and I like that it has the added advantage of offering me cash back every time, too.
Another change I plan to make soon is to walk to the Co-op more than I have been (which has frankly been never), which will become possible by buying one of these nifty little carts. The anonymous cart-demonstrator shown here told me they’re available right there in the Co-op! So now even if I need kitty litter, I can make it home with my groceries on foot.
So when it warms up I’ll be ready. (What, you think I’m walking to the store in this weather?)