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Salvage stores are a great way to save some money, while having terrific stuff. A salvage store is a local establishment that buys out of date and possibly shelf-damaged stuff from local supermarkets, grocery stores, etc. As such, the items you are liable to find are going to be:
Hopey's is AMAZING because they carry really awesome specialty, gourmet, and organic stuff. They also provide bulk items, wine, and fresh produce, something that doesn't happen often with these sorts of establishments. As if that were not enough, at Thanksgiving you can get a whole turkey 1/2 price if you've recently spent $50 there! There's 3 locations and the one pictured even has a cafe/deli in it! It is easily my fave place to hang out.
The other thing to remember about these establishments is that it is very much a "luck of the draw" circumstance. So if you find something you really love there, make sure to stock up!
Here is a link that might help you locate a local salvage store to really help you get cheap groceries in your area, and more about them:
You could also google salvage stores for your local area.
Shopping at your local salvage grocery store can help make your food budget go further. This is a guide about salvage grocery stores in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.
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!
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.
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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
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.
So glad you asked this question. I live in Reidsville and go to both Burlington and Greensboro frequently. Maybe we can get some answers.
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.
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.
Where do I find a list of discount grocery stores?
If you want to save on groceries, Aldi is much cheaper than Walmart!
This directory is great, by state, check it out! Most are salvage groceries. I love them!
Aren't there any of these stores in Nebraska?
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
what is a bent can food store? i know i have bought bent cans.
Contact the grocery stores in your area. Ask them what they do with all their bent cans.
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?
Mike in Carrollton, TX
Does anyone know of any discount type food stores around Northern VA?
By SAPHO99 from Leesburg, VA
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.
Where can I find a nationwide listing of discount grocery stores or dented can stores?
Where can I find a list of dented can or discount grocery stores in Illinois?
How can I find Dent and Bent stores near Falkner, Mississippi?
By Dareion from Falkner, MS