Ever shop at a discount food store?

United States
January 4, 2007 7:49pm CST
We have two discount food stores in our town. They sell foods that are nearing their expiration date or have a dent in the can, the package is blemished. I shop in both stores at least once every two weeks. I have saved so much money by making purchases on everyday items at theses stores. For instance, I found my favorite powder that normally sells for $5.50 a container for $1 each. I bought 6 containers. Name brand sugar that sells in the grocery store for $2.99 for $1.75. Toothpaste for $1 a tube that usually sells for $2.50 a tube. There are drawbacks to shopping in these stores. You have to be a label reader. Be sure to check the expiration dates. Some have expired or are nearing the expiration dates. Buy only what you need. Much like the dollar store, it is easy to overspend. Why buy more than you need, that is not a bargain. Save yourself some money. Shop frugally.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Aldi grocery store - shopping at Aldi which I call my budget buster has so many things to buy that we have no difficlties feeding our family
We shop at Aldi's. You can get a good price, get in and get out fast and you don't have to mess with using coupons. Aldi is a small discount warehouse store. It is not an outlet store and does not sell outdated or rejected products. I found out that they offer a double your money back guarantee for all of their products. If you don't like it, they will give you your money back plus a new item. Practically everything there is mostly Aldi brand foods. The Aldi brand is usually very good quality. We have never had a problem with their products. The savings are significant. On a lot of items, I can save $1 or more over the price at a regular grocery store. For example: Chocolate chips at the local supermarket cost $1.99. Aldis regular price is .99. White bread in the supermarket costs $1. Aldis bread costs .59. Whole grain bread costs $2.59 in regular grocery store, but Aldi's regular price is $1.29. There are a few rules to follow that keep their prices low: They accept only cash, debit or food stamps. They don't accept coupons. You have to pay a .25 deposit to get a shopping basket. There is a little quarter machine on the basket. When you return your basket, it gives you the quarter back. They don't have to pay someone to get baskets so that saves money. You bag your own groceries. Bring your own bags or we pick up boxes as we move about the store, you could bring your own boxes or even put all your extra plastic sacks in an empty tissue box and bring it with you. If they don't have any boxes available and you forget your bags, they charge $.10 per bag for you to buy them. To get the freshest produce, ask when their truck comes and go shopping the next morning. Be prepared. The checkers check you out very fast. It may be a little awkward the first time while getting used to a different way of shopping, but once you do it once or twice, the savings are addicting!By shopping at Aldi, I get two weeks worth of groceries for $100.00. I can be in and out of the store in 30 minutes including bagging my groceries. Plan a little longer the first time as you learn your way around the store. Really worth it for us.
• United States
5 Jan 07
As a family of 6 on a single income, we truly appreciate what Aldi has to offer. I've only found a few items i do not like at Aldi. I've always liked how they have their basic grocery stock but have those special buys that add a little change to the regular menu. I've also been impressed with their growing stock of everyday items. My only complaint is they usually have 5 available checkout lines but normally only have 1 open, causing really long lines!
• United States
5 Jan 07
I love to shop at Aldi's. Occasionally they surprise us with a name brand for a super savings. I make 2 seperate lists for grocery shopping. I know exactly what to buy at Aldi and everything else is on another list.
• United States
5 Jan 07
The long lines are a pain, but the cashiers check you out faster than a grocery store because they do not bag the groceries. It is small inconvenience to endure the lines when you can save money.
@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
5 Jan 07
There used to be a store like that not far from where I live. They closed a few years ago. I called it the salvage store, I would go in there and treasure hunt, it was so much fun. I miss that store so much, it was my favorite.
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• United States
5 Jan 07
That is basically what they are, a salvage store. They round up the scratch and dent items or those soon to expire and sell them for much less.
• United States
8 Jan 07
Thanks for the info. I have only gone to the dollar store, and all their things are fresh. Saved a lot of money there. I tried a food bank, but didn't get the quality food for the money they charged. I mostly shop in WalMart to save money.
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@janet069 (663)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I shop at Sav A Lot but I always watch what I buy. I read the labels regardless of where I shop but I'm especially concious of expiration dates in discount food stores.
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I don't shop at these stores because of the expiration date issue. I live alone and it takes days for me to use even small quantities of foods. For this reason, these kinds of stores actually cost me more to shop at. In addition the food is often stale and I like for my food to be really fresh.
@jfeets726 (775)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I shop at a few discount stores, although not many really sound like the one that you mentioned. Right in the small town that I live in their is a store called "Dollar Foods." Occassionally, they will get name brand food in, but like you said, you have to watch the expiration dates. With a few special deal exepctions from time to time, everything is always a dollar. Also classifed as discoutn stores in my area, although they just don't sell food is Dollar General and Family Dollar. I am a little more for Dollar General, probably because I used to work for them. I love getting some of my food from there, as well as my cleaning supplies and health and beauty products.
@brendalee (6086)
• United States
5 Jan 07
There are several different stores around here that are discount stores. I have shopped at them and I like them. Yes, you do have to be careful about the expiration dates but I have never had a problem with them.
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@stailgate (2364)
• United States
5 Jan 07
no I have not. i don't think that we have a store like that around here. it sounds interesting though. good for you for getting such a good deal on everyday items that you can use.
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
5 Jan 07
I have never heard of a discount food store up here in Canada but that doesn't mean there isn't any. I do though when I am grocery shopping look for meats that have been marked down due to its expiration date getting near. I then go home and pop it in the freezer.
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• United States
5 Jan 07
Our local grocers will do the same. I will scarf up all the discounts I can when I find a bargain. One time I found enough meat to last us for 3 weeks on one trip and only spent about $20. That was a bargain.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I love a bargain places like Save-olot and Aldis can help you say money and the dollarstores too. But like you said those dollar stores can add up because you come out of there with more than you intended too.
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• United States
5 Jan 07
I love Save-A-Lot. My daughter first introduced it to me when she lived in the northern part of our state. I had never heard of them before. We made it a habit to shop there when we went to visit her.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I only shop at bent and dent or discount food stores. I can only afford those types of stores. I am careful of the can goods though, making sure they are not bent to much, as to damage the can and making metal go into the food. 99% of the time, u can find a small dent and good dates on goods at these stores. One store in our area u can get hamburger helper 50 cents a box and another one u get it for 99 cents so shop around no matter where ur shopping.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I love the savings that you get at those stores. As I said, you need only read the label to ensure that the product isn't way over the expiration date.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
9 Jan 07
Yes, we have several of those kinds of stores around here and shop at them frequently. You're right. You can find some great buys at those places.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
9 Jan 07
We shope at Kroger and they give discounts if you use their card, so we do that and that is how we save on our groceries.
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@fazzfaz (65)
5 Jan 07
lol
@fazzfaz (65)
5 Jan 07
no never lol