I love salvage grocery stores. Problem is, there’s not one close to where I live but there are a few close to my mother-in-law’s house. And since we were in town last weekend visiting, we decided to stop by the salvage store and I’m so glad we did! I found all kinds of great bargains.
That’s right…$43.25 for a cart load of groceries! Here are just a few of the deals I found:
A box of Quaker Instant Oatmeal for $.75
Miscellaneous canned goods from $.30-$.75 including corn, black beans, soup, salsa, tomatoes…all kinds of stuff!
Barilla Angel Hair spaghetti for $.75
Awesome, right? If you’re already a salvage grocery shopper, you can skip over the next part. If you’re new to salvage groceries, let me to introduce you to one of my favorite ways to save money!
So what exactly is a grocery salvage store?
A salvage grocery store sells damaged, discontinued, seasonal, near expiration or expired products at a deep discount, typically 50%-80% less than what you would find at a regular store.
Where can I find grocery salvage stores?
They’re everywhere. Here’s a list of salvage stores across the country.
How is the quality?
Besides some superficial damage to cans and boxes, I can’t tell a difference between what I buy at the salvage store and what I buy at the regular grocery. I’m not too picky though.
What’s the catch?
1. Since salvage store inventory arrives from a lot of different sources in varying quantities, there’s no way to know what they will carry at any given time. So you can bring a list, but what you need may or may not be there.
2. They don’t accept coupons since the items are already heavily discounted.
3. Most expired groceries (like canned goods) can still be safely consumed past their ‘sell by’ date. Others can’t. So it’s important to check the dates and find out what is safe and what’s not before loading up on expired items.
So is it worth it?
Absolutely! My pantry is stocked with enough canned goods, pasta, breakfast food and baking supplies to last us for months thanks to just that one visit. I definitely recommend checking it out. If you’re a Dave Ramsey fan and trying to be debt-free, it’s a great way to cut expenses.
So what about you? Do you shop at salvage grocery stores?