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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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April 28, 2017

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 A salvage store is a local establishment that buys out of date and possibly shelf-damaged stuff from local supermarkets, grocery stores, etc.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:

  1. The less-popular products (ie: an experimental flavour of chips that didn't sell so well)

  2. Close to expiry date. The rules say they're not allowed to sell anything truly harmful, but at times, things like chips can have a more stale flavour than otherwise. The few times I've found a truly rotted/expired product, our local store let us get a refund.

  3. Banged up, in terms of packaging, in some way. For boxed food, this should not be a problem if the packaging is intact, but with cans you might want to be more circumspect.
We are blessed in our area to have three salvage stores. One is part of a semi national chain called Grocery Outlet, one is a real dive called Dickie's (with 3 locations - this is the site with the real banged-up looking stuff and the 5lbs of energy bars for $1), and the superstar, the Hopey's!

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:

Scratch and Dent Stores

You could also google salvage stores for your local area.

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April 30, 20170 found this helpful

There is one in Manhattan, the closest to me. When I go to the city, I always stop in.

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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

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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.


June 20, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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.


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By 0 found this helpful
January 28, 2009

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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By guest (Guest Post)
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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By guest (Guest Post)
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

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


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


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January 25, 2007

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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By guest (Guest Post)
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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By guest (Guest Post)
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

source: AARP Bulletin May 2009, page 22

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October 3, 2009

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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September 4, 20140 found this helpful

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

By Garth

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September 4, 20140 found this helpful

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

By Garth

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By 0 found this helpful
November 27, 2009

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 because its a metasearch and compiles from all the big names plus others.

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