Saturday, February 7, 2009

Salvage Grocery Shopping

I was doing some reading on several blogs recently and they were talking about salvage grocery stores and how this was a great way to get items very low cost.

Salvage grocery shopping is buying goods, usually brand name, that for one reason or another can not be sold in regular grocery stores or on the regular shelves. These goods consist of products with damaged packaging, products that are seasonal, products that are near or past their sell by dates and products that might be test items that didn't sell well. They are made available to the public at a very reduced rate as opposed to the normal retail price.

Now, some people would tell you that never in a million years would they shop at such a place. Mainly because these stores are usually dark, a little dusty and may or may not be in the greatest parts of town. My take on it is, if it's food that's in date and the packages are in tact, then it works for my family.

I wasn't aware that we had a salvage grocer in our city until I looked at this list. Much to my surprise, we do have one, and it's been run by the same family for over 38 years! It was so cool just to go in and get a feel for the items there. We ended up purchasing a few things at that time. Salvage grocers are hit or miss. You never know what you'll find! I encourage you to consider this type of frugal shopping for your family.

Here's what we found on our trip to the salvage grocer. We paid less than $9 for all of this. The boxes of baby cereal bars are almost $3 EACH in stores! Bargain!


Jill on February 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM said...

There isn't one near me, but I often check out the "rejects" section of our grocery store. They sell out of season or products that otherwise can't be sold on regular shelves at major discounts.

"J" on February 10, 2009 at 1:20 PM said...

COOL!!!! =)