Shopping at Discount Grocery Stores

Finding the best deals at a bargain or salvage store can save money on your food purchases. This guide is about shopping at discount grocery stores.
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June 20, 2005 Flag

Shopping at salvage stores can save you big bucks on groceries. But when you're there, take note of the environment. Are there small bugs or tan colored moths flying around? If so, pick the items to purchase carefully. Check each item around the part of the can where you open it or where a jar's lid fits. Look for moth eggs or larvae.

If a product you were planning on buying has one or more on it, do not purchase it. Just leave it at the store. Also beware of cereals, flours, rice, as they can be inside the package already and you won't know until you get home.

If you've never had a moth infestation in your home, and had to toss out all kinds of foods, you're very lucky. Mine even got in unopened bags of dried fruit, nothing keeps the little critters out but canisters. We had to "bomb" (bug foggers) our whole house twice before getting rid of all the moths!

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I had to totally re-do my whole kitchen, and pantry. But not until after having to toss out at least a couple of hundred dollars in packaged foods! Now, I keep a bay leaf on every shelf in my kitchen and pantry. I replace them 1-2 times a year.

By Terri

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July 4, 20120 found this helpful

Great advise! You might also want to check for expiration dates on the products.

Donna

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January 28, 2009 Flag

Are there still any Scratch and Dent grocery stores in existence? I live in NC, near Burlington in the Greensboro area.

Julie from Liberty, NC

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January 29, 20090 found this helpful

There is one here in Mebane (about 40 miles from Liberty). It is on the block behind the police department on Hwy 70/Center Street here. I have shopped there and have saved quite a bit BUT then again I live only a few miles away from the store.

I do not know IF it would be considered cost effecient for you having to travel more then 20 miles with the cost of gas UNLESS you drive a Prius by Toyota.

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January 29, 20090 found this helpful

I live in Jacksonville, NC , I've found one in Buealaville NC. It's run by the Minonite Church. Check around, if there's a Minonite Church , they might start one up.

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January 29, 20090 found this helpful

So glad you asked this question. I live in Reidsville and go to both Burlington and Greensboro frequently. Maybe we can get some answers.

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January 30, 20090 found this helpful

My answer is more a warning than an answer. Alot of these places are popping up across the country because of the economy, but there are warnings about using cans that are dented. Testing has been done on items like this, and it has been found that when cans are dented, sometimes chemicals from the cans themselves are absorbed into the food. Although prices can be really cheap on these cans, I don't think it is worth the risk to save a few cents on.

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February 3, 20090 found this helpful

Totally agree with Dee. Even if the can is not swollen, a very, minute hole at the bent crease is enough to allow Botulism to exist.

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April 23, 2010 Flag

Where do I find a list of discount grocery stores?

By Marty

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July 27, 20100 found this helpful

If you want to save on groceries, Aldi is much cheaper than Walmart!

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

http://www.ande  et.net/directory

This directory is great, by state, check it out! Most are salvage groceries. I love them!

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

Aren't there any of these stores in Nebraska?

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January 31, 20130 found this helpful

Bargain Depot Discount Grocery

8035 Vincent Rd

Denham springs, LA 70726

225-667-6715

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January 25, 2007 Flag

I am interested in opening a bent can food store, plus health and beauty aids. How can I find these salvage suppliers?

Stan from Montgomery, AL

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January 27, 20070 found this helpful

what is a bent can food store? i know i have bought bent cans.

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January 31, 20070 found this helpful

Contact the grocery stores in your area. Ask them what they do with all their bent cans.

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January 2, 20090 found this helpful

Looking for a salvage grocery store in DFW Metro area? Anyone have any ideas where one could find a listing of this kind of store?

Thank you,

Mike in Carrollton, TX

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May 13, 20090 found this helpful

www.andersonscountrymarket.net/directory

source: AARP Bulletin May 2009, page 22

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October 3, 2009 Flag

Does anyone know of any discount type food stores around Northern VA?

By SAPHO99 from Leesburg, VA

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October 4, 20090 found this helpful

I believe the name of one is Warehouse Foods. Maybe you can do an internet search. If you put that name into MapQuest, it will give you driving directions. Good luck.

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October 5, 20090 found this helpful

I found one location in Woodbridge Va called

Global Warehouse Foods, But that is a bit of a hike to save money. I do thank you for the information and wish you the best.

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November 27, 2009 Flag

How can I find Dent and Bent stores near Falkner, Mississippi?

By Dareion from Falkner, MS

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November 27, 20090 found this helpful

Type Bent and Dent Faulkner MS in a search engine, I recommend dogpile.com because its a metasearch and compiles from all the big names plus others.

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September 4, 2014 Flag

Where can I find a nationwide listing of discount grocery stores or dented can stores?

By Garth

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September 4, 2014 Flag

Where can I find a list of dented can or discount grocery stores in Illinois?

By Garth

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