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 A salvage store is a local establishment that buys out of date and possibly shelf-damaged stuff from local supermarkets, grocery stores, etc.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

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  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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November 19, 2004

Search out the Bent N Dent grocery stores or salvage grocery stores. I've bought a whole grocery cart full of food, no meat, for $40 which included cosmetics, pantyhose, paper products and food. By Betty G.

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June 20, 2005

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?

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February 23, 2017

Shopping at your local salvage grocery store can help make your food budget go further. This is a page about salvage grocery stores in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

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July 31, 2017

Discount grocery stores can be a great place to save money when buying food for your family. Finding a list of stores near you can sometimes be a challenge. This is a page about listing of discount grocery stores.

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April 30, 2015

This is a page about shopping at Aldi's. Known for its consistently low prices, this German warehouse style grocery store is finding satisfied customers in the US.

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Search out the Bent N Dent grocery stores or salvage grocery stores. I've bought a whole grocery cart full of food, no meat, for $40 which included cosmetics, pantyhose, paper products and food. By Betty G.

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