Saving with Salvaged Groceries

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With food prices across the nation rising at the fastest rate in over 17 years, many of us are looking for a break. Here’s some food for thought… Salvage, or discount grocery stores. Haven’t heard of them?

For the most part, they sell the supplies returned by a supermarket because the outside packaging got damaged. Find a Salvage Grocery Store

“They don’t have a license to do that and we do. We get it, we clean it and make sure the seam isn’t dented at anytime.”
-Lucy Collazo, owner L & G Discount Grocery Store

Think of it like a scratch and dent sale.

“My cupboard stays all dented and smashed from one side to the other, but I save a lot of money and the food tastes the same.”
-Tauna DaSilva, Shopper

While these stores may look more like a warehouse than your typical supermarket, the savings can be big: 30 to 50%.

“My husband and I moved into our place and for $75 we stocked our whole entire kitchen.”
-Rachel Shoudt, Cashier

So what’s the catch? Well, you might want to beware of the best-sold-by dates. Many products are kept on the shelves several months or more passed the recommended sell by date.

“The only thing you have to throw away when it’s best sold by is mayonnaise or anything base mayonnaise. A lot of people think, it’s expired, but it doesn’t say expired, it says best if sold by.”
-Lucy Collazo, owner L & G Discount Grocery Store

Some other things to consider: most of the time you can’t buy produce or meat at salvage stores, and they’re sometimes hard to find. But if you’re lucky enough to live near one, you can take a bite out of your grocery bill.

Looking for one of these stores? Check out our State by State List of Salvaged Grocery Stores.

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  • Becky

    What a great tip! This is the 2nd great tip I received this week on finding alternative companies/products… I just finished reading “The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget “ by Josh Dorfman and learned about a lot of great green companies and products that I never knew existed.

  • Becky

    What a great tip! This is the 2nd great tip I received this week on finding alternative companies/products… I just finished reading “The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget “ by Josh Dorfman and learned about a lot of great green companies and products that I never knew existed.

  • Robert Wirtz

    I have a couple of questions: If I wanted to start a store, how much would it take to start the business, and where do I get this info?

    • http://www.moneytalksnews.com/ Dan Schointuch

      Robert…

      You could start by checking out the SBA (http://www.sba.gov/). They’ve got a lot of great resources for anyone wanting to start a business. Also, try calling a few of the salvaged grocery stores on our list (http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2009/04/16/salvaged-grocery-store-list/) or drop by one that’s local to you. You might find an owner willing to give you a few pointers.

      Good luck!

  • Robert Wirtz

    I have a couple of questions: If I wanted to start a store, how much would it take to start the business, and where do I get this info?

    • http://www.moneytalksnews.com Dan Schointuch, Producer

      Robert…

      You could start by checking out the SBA (http://www.sba.gov/). They’ve got a lot of great resources for anyone wanting to start a business. Also, try calling a few of the salvaged grocery stores on our list (http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2009/04/16/salvaged-grocery-store-list/) or drop by one that’s local to you. You might find an owner willing to give you a few pointers.

      Good luck!

  • AmeriSurplus

    There are companies where you can buy salvage groceries by the truckload… just do a search on the net, or contact us- we’ll be glad to point you in the right direction.

  • AmeriSurplus

    There are companies where you can buy salvage groceries by the truckload… just do a search on the net, or contact us- we’ll be glad to point you in the right direction.