Unusual Tips for Saving Money on Groceries

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Unusual Tips for Saving Money on Groceries

There’s a terrific resource for saving money on groceries that I didn’t even know existed until about 10 years ago. I’m not talking about the usual money saving techniques: finding sales, matching extreme coupons and saving big. Maybe even stacking store coupons with manufacturer coupons, or paying with a credit card that pays you a percentage back. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking those things either. All of those are great ways to save – things I do all the time!  But, this is different.

Photo credit: Springs Bargains

I’m also not talking about big club stores like BJ’s Wholesale, Costco or Sam’s Club.  Actually, quite the opposite of them. Although I shop at the latter two quite frequently too.

And, I’m not talking about a grocery co-op or CSA (community supported agriculture). It’s not a farm store or a Meet-Up Club for organic food or anything like that.

It’s not a big thing either. A wholesale grocery store is usually a tiny little store that may crate damaged or past-dated canned goods in “banana boxes” – because they’re strong and don’t fall apart like regular cardboard boxes.  Some may use plastic crates now, but the idea and origins started in banana boxes. Because of this they’re sometimes known as Banana Box stores.  Other names include Pennies on the Dollar store, Bang and Dent, Scratch and Dent, or my personal favorite Crash and Dent – a name I’m going to try to tell you I made up. My husband seriously thought the store’s name was “The Crash and Dent Store.” It’s not. (But it should be!)

Where to find

My first crash and dent store’s real name was Mike & Judies located in San Bernardino (I just read that they are permanently closed *sniffle*) Mike and Judies was my crash and dent store when I lived in Southern Cali, but these types of stores exist all over the world. You just need to look for them in your local area! My sister lives in the Twin Cities (MPLS/St. Paul) and has found similar stores near her such as Mike’s Discount Foods.

Be sure to let us know in comments below where your local stores are! If you’re searching for one, check the comments or try a Google search for keywords such as “discount grocery” and “grocery warehouse” or “grocery outlet”.

If you’re not having luck with an internet search, I encourage you to find a local frugal group to discuss secret hideaways such as this one in your area.  I actually found my crash and dent store through my local Freecycle Cafe (a Yahoo! email group), which is made up of hundreds of environmental- and frugal-minded people nearby who want to make the most of their money.

Many traditional grocery stores even have a scratch and dent section with discounted groceries.

What to expect

In general, these stores sell a variety of things – and usually things change based on what’s available. So, unlike a regular grocery store they may not have the same thing next week.  Typically they carry more non-perishable goods that may be nearing or slightly past their printed expiration date.  Personally, I’ve got a thing about using milk even one day past the date marked (bleh!), but when it comes to many things such as canned goods – they are usually okay to use past the date (within reason, of course).  I’ve used bagged coffee up to 2 years past the date with no problem at all.  The way they vacuum seal them, they’re still fresh when you do finally open them.  Of course any damaged packaging should not be consumed as it may not be fresh.  Goods in damaged cans that have been punctured should also not be consumed.

For example, the last time we went they had our favorite Basque marinade.  We didn’t notice it until after we’d checked out and something caught my husband’s eye so he went back in.  They were marked $1 a bottle.  They are regularly $7.95 a bottle at Vons (Safeway), which is the only store I’ve found near me that carries it.  It’s to die for on barbecued tri-tip, but I actually had to concoct a version I could make a home because that just didn’t fit in the budget any longer.  We were so thrilled, we bought all 10 bottles they had!

Another incredible find is their bagged coffee.  They have Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Caribou for $3 a bag!  It comes in a variety of flavors and blends – ground or whole bean.  The catch is that it’s nearing the expiration date, or may even be past the date.  But, rest assured I’ve been buying this coffee from them for more than three years and have never, ever had a bad bag.  And this stuff runs between $5.99 – $12.99 in stores!!

My store in Southern California rarely had perishable foods, but in contrast Mike’s in the twin cities has a TON of produce. The biggest thing to be careful with perishables is that it is probably not going to last very long. If you do something with it (eat it, freeze it, etc.) right away you’ll be just fine and save a ton!

They have lots more great deals. Of course, not everything is a bargain but I do try to buy if it’s at least comparable to my regular store(s).  I like that it’s family owned and operated by local people, and has been there for more than 20 years.  They don’t take coupons, but you save so much that’s really not a turnoff – even to me!

The benefits of shopping at the crash and dent store are clear:  you save a boatload of money!!

So, let’s hear from you!

Scroll down and comment below with your tips about finding local deals.  Where do you shop?


List of stores by state

I found this great list of stores by state on A Mom’s Paradise!


Alexander City, Walker’s Bent-N-Dent, 16 Main Street, 256-377-1733
Andalusia, Family Discount Foods, 22709 Highway 55, Ph 334-881-0169
Anniston, Boo’s Salvage Grocery, 3100 Noble St. 256-235-2008
Anniston, C & D Salvage Grocery, 5139 Eulaton Road, 256-237-0224
Anniston, Paw Paw’s Salvage Grocery, 229 South Wilmer Ave., 256-237-2506
Collinsville, Discount Grocery 36 S Valley Rd Collinsville 35961 256-524-2258
Luverne, Bobbies Discount Grocery, 903 West 3rd. St. 334-335-2626
Lynn, Lynn Salvage Grocery, 344 East Main Street, 205-893-5103
Midland, Discount Groceries 14695 S US Hwy 231 Midland City 36350 334-983-1250
Nauvoo, County Line Salvage Grocery, 15759 Highway 5, 205-697-2400
Piedmont, Piedmont Salvage Grocery, 106 East Alabama Street 256-447-8602
Shelby, Shelby Discount Grocery, 4814 Highway 47, 205-670-0038
Verbena, Sandy’s Bent-N-Dent Grocery, 6545 US Highway 31, 205-755-4301

Cornville, Grocery Surplus Outlet LLC., 9435 Cornville Road, 928-639-3869
Glendale, Grocery Outlet Glendale 85308 602-548-0007
Mesa, American Discount Foods, 308 South Extension Road. #108, 480-649-4495 –
Peoria, The Dented Can LLC, 9501 W Peoria Ave Ste 11, 623-486-9646
Quartzsite, Discount Groceries , 1558 West Main St., 928-927-4301
San Luis, Green Tree Grocery Outlet, 520 N. Archibald Street
Tucson, Value Foods Store (VFS) 85726 520-622-0525
Tucson, Grocery Outlet 85712 520-546-6645
Yuma, Green Tree Grocery Outlet, 495 E. 10th Street, 928-329-6664
Yuma, Green Tree Grocery Outlet, 9117 E. South Frontage Road (in the Foothills)


Alma, A to Z Discount Grocery, 4810 North Highway 71, 479-632-8348
Amity, Amity Salvage Grocery, 637 West Thompson St., 870-342-9506
Benton, Sav-A-Bundle 20315 Interstate 30 Benton 72015 501-776-2730
Elkins, White River Discount Foods, 2421 North Center Street, 479-251-1425
Eureka Springs, W. T. Focker Discount Grocery, 369 CR 207 (Onyx Cave Rd) –
Green Forest, The Country Rooster, 101 Phillips on the Main Square, 870-480-6170
Harrison, South Harrison Harrison’s Bent & Dent Grocery, 3864 Highway 7 South, 870-391-2210
Harrison, Wholesale Outlet, 519 North Main Street, 870-743-5248
Huntsville, Ma & Pa Bent N Dent Groceries, 15045 Highway 412, 479-738-6272
Little Rock, Freight Damaged Foods 7708 Baseline Rd Little Rock 72209 501-562-224
Midland City, Discount Groceries, Highway 231 South, 334-983-1250
Mulberry, Higgen’s Produce, 3741 Mulberry, 479-997-8601
Nophlet, Z & C Salvage Grocery, 300 W Padgett Street, 870-665-9692
Salem, Highway 62 870-895-4800

Atascadero, Grocery Discount Center, 7075 El Camino Real, Ph 805-460-9341
Bakersfield, Manny’s Discount Grocery, 522 East 19th Street 661-328-0703
Bloomington, Oliver’s Discount Grocery, 18829 Valley Blvd., 909-874-0915
Bodfish, Manny’s Discount Grocery, 3864 Lake Isabelle Blvd., 760-379-3115
Delano, California Discount Grocery, 1835 Glenwood St., 661-725-4820
Oakhurst, Grocery Discount Center, 49333 Road 426 Suite B, 559-683-5429
Redwood City, Grocery Outlet, 1833 Broadway St , 650-364-7406
Santa Rosa, Grocery Outlet, 1116 4th St., 707-566-0530
Shafter, Manny’s Discount Grocery 337 State Ave 93263 661-746-337
Wasco, 2 Broke Discount Grocery, 652 E Street, 661-717-9059
Whittier, Manuel’s Discount 11917 Washington Blvd 90606 562 696-1035
Grocery Outlet, Bargain Market – 59 stores in Califonia:

Arvada, The Friday Store 5635 Newland Way 80002 303-422-8562
Brighton, Robb’s Inc., 301 S Main St.
Colorado Springs, WestSide BargainMart, 3135 W Colorado Ave., 719-685-4500
Dacono, Dacona Discount Grocery, 913 Carbondale Drive, 303-833-5005
Denver, Grocery Salvage, 1550 W 70th Ave., 303-650-7460
Fort Lupton, Robb Inc., 511 McKinley Avenue, 303-857-1459
Greeley, 12th Street Pantry, 716 12th Street, 970-356-7747
Loveland, Esh Discount Grocery, 4221 West Eisenhower, 970-612-0160


Dover, Byler’s Country Store 1368 Rose Valley School Rd 19904 302-674-1689 –

Bonita Springs, Dixie Liquidation Groceries, 9080 Bonita Beach Road, 239-992-1002
Bradenton, Petrik Salvage Market, 1721 9th. Street West, 941-747-3194
Crystal River, Dollars & Dents 1321 SE US Hwy 19 34429 352-795-9495
Dade City, Tin Can Pams, 14444 7th St. 352-567-3719
Ft. Myers, Liquidation Outlet, 3853 Cleveland Av (US HWY 41)
Groveland, Groveland Discount Grocery, 141 Howey Rd, 352-429-4299
Holiday, Webb’s 99 Cents Superstore & More, 2607 US Hwy. 19, 727-943-5841
Hialeah, Miami Depot, 2915 West Okeechobee Road, 786-337-8334
Lake Alfred, Discount Foods, Inc., 750 East Alfred St. – Hwy 1792, 863-956-5253
Ocala, Oma’s Gerneral Store of Ocala, LLC., 2640-A NW 10th Street, 352-401-9330
Palatka- East Palatka,Discount Groceries & More, 227 South U.S. Highway 17, 386-325-7910
Palmetto, V J’s Grocery Inc., 737 8th Ave West Suite A 941-729-2776
Perry, Foster’s, 1305A N. Jefferson St., 850-584-2795
Pierson, Pierson Discount & Groceries 184 N Center St 32180 386-749-2222
Ruskin, Gully’s Surplus Grocery, 720 N. US Highway 41, 813-645-4801
Saint Augustine, Discount Groceries & More, 233 State Road 16, 904-827-0660
Stuart, L&G Discount Grocery Store 2885 SE Federal Hwy 34994 772-287-1404
Tampa, D & S Bargain Store & Salvage, 6222 E Columbus Dr, 813-621-3811
Tampa, Fernandez Wholesale Grocery, 6702 E. Broadway Ave. 813-626-7959
Wildwood, Tin Can Pams, 1006 N Main St. 352-748-4666
Winter Haven, Discount Foods, Inc., 801 Spirit Lake Rd 863-299-6271

Brooklet, Discount Foods, 533 US Highway 80 East 912-842-5656
Buford, Hill Brothers Grocery & Salvage, 122 E Shadburn Ave 77-945-7218
Carrollton, T & W Salvage Grocery, 3947 North Highway 27, 770-838-9897
Cartersville, B & B Salvage Grocery, 1350 Joe Frank Harris Pkwy SE 770-382-7041
Cedartown, Brooks Salvage Grocery , 1028 East Ave 770-748-4881
Columbus, Nick N-Dent, 1167 Henry Avenue 706-576-6840
Hinesville, Tin Can Sam’s Discount Grocery, 4215 B. West Oglethorpe Hwy. 912-876-7231
Temple, Robinson discount Grocery, 321 Sage Street 770-562-1317

Boise, Grocery Outlet, 5544 W Fairview Ave 83706, 208-376-2953
Boise, Three B’s (Boise Bargain Basket), 2141 S. Broadway Ave., 208-331-5092

Arcola, Country Salvage Store, 427 East County Road 200N, 217-268-3698
Arthur, Beachy’s Bulk Foods 259 N County Rd 200 61911 217-543-3447
Tampico, Country Lane Market 4515 Tampico Rd 61283 815-438-3022
Wayne City, Greenfield Discount Grocery, RR 2 Box 136, on Highway 15 618-895-2025

Goshen, The Dented Can, 25743 State Road 119 574-862-2212
North Judson, Bailey’s Discount Center, 5900 S. Range Rd, Ph 574-896-3889
Shipshewana, E & S Bulk Foods, State Road 5, 260-768-4736
Warsaw, Sherman & Lins Discount Grocery, 1900 East Winona Avenue, 574-269-4320
Wolcottville, Rabers Discount Grocery, 305 S Main St 46795 260-854-2183

Evansdale, Joker’s Surplus Grocery, 3541 Lafayette Rd, 319-235-8916
Kalona, Central Discount Grocery, Turn East at Cheese Factory on Hwy 1.

Topeka, M & M Surplus, 5614 Southwest Topeka Boulevard # 6, 785-267-7000
Fredonia, Twin Valley Bulk Food & Gifts 606 Madison St 66736 620-378-3250
Hutchinson, Glenn’s Bulk Food Shoppe, Inc. 6405 W Morgan Ave 67501 620-662-2875
Galva, Emmylou’s Bake Shoppe 220 E US 56 67443 620-654-4114
Greensburg, WB’s Bulk Food Store 315 S Sycamore 67054

Campbellsville, Dent & Ding Discount Grocery Store, 1034 South Central Ave., 270-469-5395
Cub Run, Detweiler’s Country Store 12825 Priceville Rd 42729 270-524-7967
Edmonton, The Salvage Store B&C Sales 102 DaRanco Dr 42129 270-432-4100
Grayson, Country Market & Bulk Foods 1051 State Hwy 7 N Suite B 41143 606-475-0872
Hardyville, Yoder’s Bulk Foods 898 Crail Hope Rd 42746 606-785-4740
Irvington, Joe’s Salvage Grocery, RR 2 270-668-1343
Irvington, Ridgeview Salvage Grocery, 7510 E Highway 60 270-536-3503
Liberty, Nolt’s Bulk Foods 2767 S Fork Creek Rd 42539 606-787-5946
Louisville, B & E Salvage Company, Inc., 4602 Greenwood Road, 502-995-3330
Louisville, B & E Salvage Company, Inc., 8504 Shepherdsville Road 502-969-0218
Louisville, B & E Salvage Company, Inc., 8645 Preston Highway, 502-968-6638
Louisville, Better Bargain Salvage Mart, 7207 Lower Hunters Trace 502-447-9023
Louisville, M & M Salvage, 4306 Cloverleaf Dr 502-634-9511
Muldraugh, Po Boy & Girl Salvage, 118 North Dixie Highway 502-942-0602
Okolona, B & E Salvage Co, 8504 Shepherdsville Road 502-969-0218

Folsom, The Salvage Store, 82540 Highway 25 985-796-9114
Franklinton, The Salvage Store, 1914 Washington St 985-839-5959
Kentwood, B & D Salvage Grocery, 600 1st Street 985-229-5323
New Orleans, Suda Salvage Company, 5821 Jefferson Highway 504-733-3660
Pearl River, Hickory Salvage Company, 67736 Highway 41 985-863-5498

Greenfield, The Barn, 95 River St., 413-774-5599
Indian Orchards, Save-A-Lot Food Stores, 459 Main St., 413-543-0200
Springfield, Price Rite, 633 Boston Road, 413-796-2934
Springfield, Price Rite, 655 Liberty St., 413-732-4405
Truro, Atlantic Spice Co. 2 Shore Rd North O2652 800-316-7965

Bay City, Blue Knight Salvage Foods, 3286 South Huron Road 989-686-5540
Brown City, Bailey’s Variety Store, 4771 Bailey Road, 989-761-7714
Centreville, Miller’s Discount Store 2409 Truckenmiller Rd 49032 269-467-4935
Clare, Pine Valley Country Store 8181 S Cornwell Ave 48617 No Phone – Amish store with bulk food items.
Decatur, The Little Store on the Prairie 50444 Wickett Rd 49045 269-423-6404
Detroit, Rafal Spice Company 2521 Russell St 48207 313-259-6373 –
McBain, Pineview Discount Store, 9200 South Burkett Road 231-825-2892
Sand Lake, Vern’s Wooden Nickel, Inc. 70 2nd St 49343 616-636-5795
Snover, Country View Bulk Foods 4635 Richards Rd 48472 989-635-3764

Anoka, Mike’s Discount Foods 516 E River Rd 55303 763-422-8615
Hilltop, Mike’s Discount Foods 905 45th Ave NE 55421 763-572-2254
Long Prairie, Whole Farm Coop 32 Second St S 56347 370-732-3023–More Online than storefront. This is a farmers food co-op. Order online and pick up at drop off points in most of Minnesota. Almost everything is organic, with the majority of goods grown by Central Minnesota farmers. This is bulk, not salvage.
Minneapolis, So Low Grocery Outlet, 3115 E. 38th Street 612-729-7281
New London, Pete’s Surplus, Junction Highway 9 & 71 320-354-2626

Batesville, Wanda’s Salvage Grocery, 109 Highway 51 S 662-563-0476
Booneville, Discount Grocery, 519 East Church Street 662-728-6409
Booneville, Dollar Deals 2016 E Chambers Dr 38829 662-728-0099
Booneville, R & W Salvage Grocery, 2016 East Chambers Dr. 662-728-0099
Brooklet, Discount Grocery, 533B US Highway 80 East 912-842-5656
Burnsville, Dollar Wise Discount grocery, 373 Highway 72 662-427-8840
Collins, H & P Salvage Grocery, 466 Highway 35 601-765-0009
Fulton, L & R Discount Grocery, 706 South Adams Street 662-862-2925
Grenada, Discount Grocery, 23291 Highway 8 East 662-294-9950
Hattiesburg, Hiatt’s Discount Grocery, 819 Edwards Street 601-554-8232
Houlka, Pat’s Salvage Grocery, 3207 Highway 15 North 662-568-7734
Mantachie, Shop & Save Discount Grocery, 3562 Highway 371 North 662-282-7820
McComb, A-1 Grocery Salvage, 509 Pearl River Ave 601-684-0571
Mize, Highway 35 Salvage Grocery, 16944 Highway 35 601-733-0490
Moss Point, Cheap Charley’s Surplus Salvage Groceries, 11200 Highway 613, 228-474-8995
Oxford, Direct Salvage Grocery, 294 County Road 101 662-513-0736
Poplarville, Poplarville Grocery & Salvage, 229 Highway 11 S 601-795-2801
Poplarville, Super Salvage, 208 North Main Street 601-795-6655
Purvis, Purvis Salvage and Grocery, 309 Highway 589 601-794-5544
Tylertown, B & B Grocery Salvage, 309 Beulah Ave 601-876-9514
Tupelo, Food Bargains, 1136 W. Main Street, 662-840-8037
Vardamann, Dao’s Grocery Salvage, 118 Main Street 662-682-9898
Verona,Penny Pinchers Discount Grocery, 5035 Raymond Ave., 662-566-0011
Vicksburg, Captain Jack’s Bent & Dent, 1901 N Frontage Rd 601-638-7001
Vicksburg, Jimmy’s Salvage Grocery, Highway 61 South 601-634-1040
Water Valley, Highway 9 Salvage Grocery, 654 Highway 9 W 662-473-9880
Waynesboro, D J’s Salvage Grocery, 119 Mississippi Dr. 601-671-0753
Wiggins, Super Savers Discount Salvage Store, 734 Magnolia Drive South 601-928-4483

Ava, P G’s Salvage & Surplus Grocery, 300 North Jefferson 417-683-5654
Birch Tree, Beavers Salvage Grocery, Highway 60 West 573-292-3664
Cabool, Shetler’s Discount Grocery, 200 Industrial Park, 417-962-2251
Clark, Terry’s Country Store (& Bulk Foods) 4646 Audrain Rd 65243 573-819-2730
Fair Grove, K & M Grocery 701 Red Top Rd 65648 417-759-9024
Grandin, Second Chance Market, RR 2 Box 142-En, 573-593-4542
Houston, Stilley Discount, 1591D North Highway 63 417-967-0253
Jackson, Lane’s Salvage Groceries, 1227 Old Cape Road 573-243-1805
Jamesport, Hutch Brothers Outlet, 208 West Auberry Grove 660-684-6324
Mountain Grove, The Discount Grocery, 6893 Outer Rd. 417-746-4233
Mountain View, Ken’s Good Stuff Store 123 E 3rd St 65548 417-934-0235
Oran, Dent N Save, 23146 US Highway 61, 573-262-2345
Piedmont, Janet’s Salvage Grocery, Junction 34 & 49 573-223-7420
Rolla, I-44 Surplus Discount Grocery, Exit 189, 11101 Old Highway 66 573-364-6006
Rutledge, Zimmerman’s General Store Main St and Hwy M 63563 660-883-5766
Salem, Carolyn’s Discount Grocery, 300 South Main St. 573-729-2946
Sedalia, 65 Discount, Inc., 5150 S Limit Avenue 660-826-9242
St. James, J & J Distributors Salvage & Surplus, 138 West Washington Street 573-265-6084
St. Louis, Cherrick Distribution, 4215 Clayton Avenue 314-652-3636
St. Louis, Friedman RR Salvage Warehouse, 5149 Mlk Drive 314-367-5464
St. Joseph, Dutch Maid Bulk Foods 17567 US Hwy 71 64505 816-324-1544 M-S
Thayer, Lane Salvage Groceries, 105 Holmes Rd, 417-264-7997
Thayer, Martin Salvage Grocery, Nettleton Road (Route 3 Box 3030) 417-264-7699
Versailles, Weavers Country Market, Inc. 13920 Market Rd 65084 573-378-4672
West Plains, Corner Salvage Grocery, 1026 Saint Louis St. 417-255-9188
Winona, Ken’s Good Stuff Store, 303 Ash St 573-325-4437

Thompson Falls, Grocery Surplus Store, 5460 Highway 200 406-827-6373

Carson City, Grocery Outlet, 1831 N Carson St., 775-882-6199
Reno, Grocery Outlet, 3800 Kietze Lane, 775-826-7688
Sparks, Grocery Outlet, 2020 Oddie Blvd., 775-356-7400

New Hampshire
North Walpole, Mr. G’s Liquidation 120 Church St 03609 603-445-5022
Westmoreland, Stan’s Discount Groceries, 1017 Route 12 603-399-7737
Winchester, Mr. G’s Liquidation 104 Main 03470 603-239-7222

New Jersey
Paterson, Giant International Trading Co. Inc, 91-97 East Railway Avenue 973-977-9272

New York
Bainbridge, Pine Ridge Grocery 4086 State Hwy 406 13733 607-967-5926
Belleville, Sharp’s Bulk Foods 8220 State Rte 289 13611 315-846-5337
Lyndonville, Yoder’s Country Cupboard 10847 Waterbury Rd 14098 585-765-3354
New York, Jack’s 99 Cent Store 101 W 32nd St 10001 212-268-9962
New York, Jack’s 99 Cent Store 16 E 40th St 10016 212-696-5767
New York, Jack’s 99 Cent Store 45 W 45th St 10036 212-354-6888
Penn Yan, Oak Hill Farm Bulk Food 3173 Rte 13A 14527 877-536-0837
Penn Yan, Hillcrest Bulk and Natural Foods 2901 State Rte 364 14527 315-536-0105
Port Chester, That Discount Place, 155 Irving Ave?Corner of Pearl (entrance and parking lot is on Pearl Street) 914-305-6750 [email protected]
Savannah, Springlake Market and Fabrics 4250 Wolcott Spring Lake Rd 13146 315-594-8485
Seneca Falls, Sauder’s Market and Store 2168 River Rd 13148 315-568-2673
Syracuse, Buda’s Produce 2100 Park St 13208 315-476-0740
Syracuse, Northway Discount Grocery, 212 West Division Street 315-422-9979

North Carolina
United Grocery Outlet has 10 stores in North Carolina –
Asheville, Amazing Savings 121 Sweeten Creek Rd 28803 828-277-0805
Black Mountain, Amazing Savings 3018 US 70 28711 828-669-8988
Charlotte, A Discount Grocery, 2208 South Blvd. 704-344-0611
Denver, Bargain Center Groceries, 3825 North Highway 16 704-489-2262
Fayetteville, B J’s Salvage Grocery, 039 Camden Rd. 910-426-9670
Forest City, J’S Salvage & Discount 763, 763 US Highway 221A, 828-248-1173
Granite Falls, George’s Grocery Salvage, 3846 Mutt Marshall Lane, 828-396-4320
Granite Falls, Odum’s Salvage, 2474 Connelly Springs Road 828-728-6221
Kings Mountain, Super Discount Grocery, 108 West Gold Street, 704-481-0307
Lexington, Salvage Grocery, 4180 NC Highway 8 336-357-0402
Lexington, The Bargain Box, 158 Wiley Lane 336-472-1308
Mars Hill, Mars Hill Bulk Food Store 745 Carl Eller Rd 28754 828-689-3353
Mocksville, Food Depot 3137 US Hwy 64 E 27028 336-940-4077
Salisbury, Discount Salvage Foods Of Salisbury, 3115 South Main Street 704-633-3006
Thomasville, Holly Hill Salvage – No 2, 13 Boyles Street 336-476-6462
Tyron, Jon & Jay’s Discount Groceries, 1005 South Trade Street, 828-859-3005

Ashland, Keener’s Food Dock 479 Township Rd 44805 419-281-3084
Baltic, Hillside Bulk Food & Crafts West of I 77 off State Rte 651 43804
Baltic, New Bedford Bulk Foods 33963 County Route 12 43804
Berlin, Berlin Bulk Foods 2 N Market St 44610 330-893-2353
Burton, Shedd Road Salvage 15067 Shedd Rd 44021
Circleville, Discount Grocery Outlet, 900 South Pickaway Street, 740-474-6501
Dalton, Amstutz Pantry 15893 Baumgartner Rd 330-857-8159
Dover, Country Mouse Crafts & Bulk Foods 109 W Third St 44622 330-343-1313
Hartville, R Grocery Outlet 254 Market Ave 44632 330-294-0876
Kidron, Country Store Bulk Food & Restaurant 4959 Kidron Rd 44636 330-857-2131
Kinsman, Kinsman General, 6416 Kinsman-Nickerson Rd.
Lima, Daly’s Discount Groceries, 506 North Main St. 419-225-2907
Lima, Stites Grocery 8100 Harding Hwy 45801 419-225-9710
Mesopotamia, End of the Commons General Store 8719 St Rt 534 44439 440-693-4295
Mesopotamia, N & R Salvage 9217 SR 534 44439
Middlefield, B&K Salvage 5515 Kinsman Rd 44062
Middlefield, Townline Salvage 6918 S Windsor Rd 44062
Middlefield, Triple M Salvage 16029 Nauvoo Rd 44062
Orwell, M & L Salvage, 640 East Main Street 440-437-5714
Orwell, Tower Salvage 4652 SR 322 44076
Southington, Crossroad Bulk & Salvage 4474 Parkman Rd NW 44470 330-898-7900
Southington, Nature’s Nook 12960 Bundysburg Rd 44470 440-272-5079
Sugarcreek, Swiss Village Bulk Foods 309 S Broadway 44681 330-852-2896
West Farmington, Bontrager Salvage Grocery, 172 Second Street, 330-889-3678 – Also a deer & turkey checking station.

Oklahoma City, Big Giant Warehouse, 3600 Southwest 29th 405-681-3336

Grocery Outlet, Bargain Market – 18 stores in Oregon:
Lebanon, The Grocery Depot, 1775 S. Main St. 97355 541-258-3442
Portland, Limbo 4707 SE 39th Ave 97202 503-774-8008

Allentown, Amelia’s Grocery Outlet 4628 Tilghman St 18104 484-223-2900 – 11 total stores in PA.
Bedford, Little Barn Discount Groceries, 6200 Lincoln Highway 814-623-2603
Blandon, Buy-Rite Liquidators 1025 Park Rd 19510 610-926-4444 – 4 total stores in PA.
Ephrata, Sarah’s Grocery Outlet, 475 North Reading Rd 717-738-1107
Ephrata, Sharp Shopper Grocery Outlet 1041 Sharp Ave 17522 717-738-4948 – 6 total stores in PA.
Knoxville, R & J Discount Grocery, 202 West Main St. 814-326-4200
Lebanon, Sunset Grocery Outlet, 1650 North 7th Street, 717-272-4906
Lykens, Hornings Store 5904 State Rte 209 17048 717-453-7261 –
Mifflinburg, Wenger’s Grocery Outlet, 8035 Old Turnpike Rd (Rt.45) 570-966-5084
Montgomery, Surplus Outlet, 5464 Us Highway 15 570-547-1003
Myerstown, MAST Bulk and Health Foods 158 N Ramona Rd 17067 717-866-7046
Newburg, B.B.’s Outlet, 20 Quigley Road.
New Holland: Save-Mor Groceries, 14 S. Railroad Ave. 17557. Phone: 717-354-7480.
Northumberland, Surplus Outlet Inc, 281 Point Township Dr 570-473-7102
Pittsburgh, K M L Sales Inc., 16 Sts 412-261-5542
Quarryville, B.B.’s Grocery Outlet, 581 Camargo Road.
Quarryville, Ferguson & Hassler, The Super Market 100 Townsedge Dr 17566 717-786-7301
Red Lion, D & K Surplus Grocery, 757 Delta Road 717-244-9398
Shafefferstown, B.B.’s Grocery Outlet, Route 419 North

South Carolina
Batesburg, Discount Grocery Salvage, 445 West Railroad Ave 803-604-1444
Leesville, Discount Grocery & Salvage, 445 Railroad Ave 803-604-1444
Rock Hill, Discount Grocery Safari, 1122 India Hook Road 803-327-2437

South Dakota
Belle Fourche, Robbs Inc., 1833 5th Avenue 605-892-4309
Pierre, Bent N Dent Discount Foods, 840 N Garfield Ave 605-224-1286
Hermosa, Pop’s Grocery Shoppe, 30 North Fergusen Sreet, 605-255-5977
Rapid City, XS Direct Discounts 732 Jackson Blvd 57702 605-343-4086

United Grocery Outlet has 19 stores in Tennessee –
Bluff City, Bluff City Salvage, 4277 Bluff City Hwy. 423-538-7501
Burlison, Bent N Dent, 9121 Munford Giltedge Rd 901-476-3000
Chuckey, R & B Salvage Grocery, 211 Bill Gourley Rd 423-257-7708
Dercherd, Bargain Barnes, 2108 Decherd Boulevard 931-962-0227
Fall Branch, Building 5, 18105 Horton Hwy. 423-348-7520
Gilt Edge, Bent-N-Dent, 9121 Munford Giltedge Rd 901-476-3000
Hohenwald, Discount Groceries and More, 644 E. Main St. 931-796-6545
Hollow Rock, D & D Discount Grocery, 28105 Broad St 731-586-7569
Huntingdon, Pj’s Salvage Grocery, 9715 Highway 22 731-986-3589
Johnson City, Discount Grocery, 601 West Watauga 423-928-9200
Johnson City, Pierces Discount Grocery, 1207 E. Main St. 423-926-2250
Jonesborough, Pioneer Market Inc, 624 Old State Route 34 423-753-2020
Kingsport, McCoy Salvage Grocery, 2969 N John B Dennis Hwy. 423-288-8411
Knoxville, United Grocery Outlet, 6021 Chapman Highway 865-573-8000
Lebanon, Bud’s Salvage, 320 N. Cumberland Street 615-449-8085
Lebanon, House of Bargains, 300 North Cumberland St. 615-449-3393
Lexington, Highway 22 Salvage Grocery, 22915 Highway 22 North, 731-968-5242
Lexington, Warehouse Salvage, 873 West Church Street 731-968-5146
Limestone, R & B Salvage Grocery, 10320 East Andrew Johnson Highway 423-257-7708
Lobelville, Cane Creek Market 1798 Hwy 438 E 37097 931-593-3242
Manchester Faye’s Discount Grocery, 101 North irwin Street 931-728-1920
Memphis, Discount Grocery Sales, 651 Jefferson Avenue 901-523-9515
Morristown C J Salvage, 4890 South Davy Crockett Parkway 423-318-6291
Parsons, Brenda’s Salvage Grocery, 370 Cooley Aveenue 731-847-4363
Ramer, Eastview Bent and Dent, 7733 Highway 45 South 731-646-2660
Rogersville, United Grocery Outlet, 921 East Main Street 423-921-3878
Sevierville, Discount Grocery, 564 Winfield Dunn Pkwy. 865-428-6908
Winchester, Sonshine Shop, 1045 Dinah Shore Boulevard 931-968-0092
Yuma, Highway 22 Salvage Grocery, 22915 Highway 22 N 731-968-5242
Amarillo, Panhandle Salvage Store, 5811 South Western Street 806-358-3886
Athens, Mike’s Surplus Sales, Inc. 210 N Carroll 75751 903-675-2474
Big Spring, Bargain Mart 403 Runnels 79720 432-264-9107
Channelview, S & C Surplus, 15703 Market Street 281-860-0055
Cleburne, Healthy Savings Discount Grocery, 1206 East Henderson 817-556-0713
Dallas, Dallas Food Depot 3107 S Cockrell Hill Rd 75236 214-330-3663
Dayton, K & D Discount Grocery, 113 Bryan St. 936-258-0032
Fort Worth, Town Talk Foods Ltd 121 N Beach St 76111 817-831-6136
Grand Prairie, Top Line Warehouse Store 433 E Church St 75050 972-262-5326
Hardin, Country Discount Grocery, Highway 146 at County Road 2010 936-298-9282
Hemphill, Adkins Salvage Grocery, Fm 83 409-787-4130
Houston, Capital Sales Damaged Freight Groceries, 5701 Almeda Rd 713-522-0285
Houston, Capital Sales Damaged Freight Groceries, 4663 Telephone Rd 713-649-8658
Houston, Groceries and More 8351 Longpoint 77055 713-365-9030
Houston, Jimmy Poole Grocery, 11658 Homestead Rd 281-442-0512
Houston, Houston Discount Sales 101 Little York 77076 713-691-3586
Houston, Poole’s Bargain Corner 11658 Homestead 77016 281-442-0512
Houston, The New Salvage Center 5601 Navigation Blvd 77011 713-926-9990
Kemp, Heritage Market and Bakery 109 State Hwy 274 75143 903-498-3366
Kountze, West Discount and Salvage Grocery, 710 South Pine Street 409-246-8541
Liberty, Grocery Warehouse 2206 N Main 77575 936-336-9991
New Caney, Grocery Warehouse 17844 Hwy 59 77357 281-399-9898
Onalaska, Jordan’s Discount Grocery 14011 Hwy 190 W 77360 936-646-7380
San Antonio, AAA Freight Salvage 1111 S Presa 78210 210-533-8611
Thorndale, L & L Food Salvage & Merchandise, 109 South Main Street 512-898-2960
West, Marty’s Discount Grocery Salvage Sales 109 S Main 76691 254-826-4055

Bennington, Boxes & Cans Discount Food, 160 Benmont Avenue, 802-440-8122
Bethel, Bethel’s U-Save Discount Groceries, 356 Pleasant St. 802-234-6330
Pownal, Discount Food & More, 2848 Route 7 No Phone number given

Glade Spring, Discount Grocery, 206 Town Square Street 276-429-4460
Harrisonburg, Sharp Shopper 2475-A S Main St 22801 540-434-8848
Madison, Yoder’s Country Market 927 Orange Rd 22731 540-948-3000
Madison Heights, Anderson’s Country Market 4133 S Amherst Hwy 24572 434-528-9393
Richmond, Fresh to Frozen 7154 Hull St 23235 804-675-7283
Richmond, Salvage Barn Inc, 5240 Hull Street Road 804-231-1187
Sharp Shopper 2800 W Main St Waynesboro 22980 540-942-0975

Chehalis, J J Berry, 2141 Jackson Highway, Ph 360-748-1940
Deer Park, Discount Groceries and More, 124 E. Crawford St., Ph 509-276-2736
Grocery Outlet, Bargain Market – 32 stores in Washington:

Albany, Detweiler’s Bulk Foods N5055 Hwy 104 53502 608-897-8500
Bonduel, Miller’s Crafts & Food W4775 Rocky Ln 54107 715-758-6975
Granton, The Farmer’s Pantry W3024 Starr Rd 54436 715-238-7368
Hilbert, The Corner Cupboard 44 S 8th St 54129
Oxford, The Harvest Market, W7341 State Hwy 82 608-586-4303
Platteville, 12 Basket Discount Groceries, 182 W Irving Place 9am to 6pm M-F, 9am-4pm Sat.
Richland Center, E.T. Foods, 32003 Jaquish South Rd 53581 608-585-3171
Shawano, Lark Country Store W5431 Lark Rd 54166 715-758-7579
Wautoma, Country Discount Grocery, W9483 Highway 21. 920-787-5000
Wilton, Main Street Market 405 Main St 54670 608-437-6517

Rawlins, Discount Grocery, 725 East Cedar Street 307-324-5445

11 replies on “Unusual Tips for Saving Money on Groceries”

I shop at my local Grocery Outlet, they are great for deals but not so great for a Shopping list of things I need, I like to go to this store & get whatever is available at that time, before I go shopping at the “regular” grocery store!!! It saves my family quite a bit of $$ every month!

Although I have not found a crash and dent store, I NEVER leave a store without checking out the reduced items. I found Maxwell House coffee in one pound bags at Dollar General for 87 cents. Yes, I bought them all and store them in the freezer. Same for the meat counter. I always check that little corner where they throw stuff that got a hole in it or just doesnt really look good enough to sell. I recently found roast marked down to $1 a pound that had a lot of gristle and fat. I bought all 5 and went home and cut them up for stew meat! The fat and gristle make great broth. Bananas that are turning and marked down go into my freezer for banana bread. You have to be careful buying marked down produce. I laugh at my husband because he has become addicted to this coupon game. When we go into a store the first thing he does is head for the reduced bin. I had one lady tell me “I never buy that stuff. A bent can just messes up my cabinet.” I thought…good, that leaves it all for me!

I have two places near me in Clemmons, NC. One is Clemmons Discount and the other one is DRS Auction. They buy damaged freight and you never know what you will find. I have personally done far better at DRS. Bought some of the Monin syrups for 2.99 and they usually run 12.00 and up in the stores for specialty syrups. I have gotten dented canned food still in date and have found some really expensive spaghetti sauces for around 1.99 a jar. Love to shop at scratch and dent stores. If only they accepted coupons that would really make my day!

Although I am in an area that doesnt have these stores, I sure wouldnt mind finding out where they are. Great idea.

I live in southern MA, I have YET to find one near me here but, when living in WA state, I LOVED Grocery Outlet. If anyone knows of ANYWHERE in the south shore area of MA or in RI I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to know about them. 🙂 Thank you!!

I live in Indiana and if you head towards Milroy from Greensburg, the Amish have a “Crash and Dent” store on the left side of the road. They have excellent p
prices on name brand items! I love to shop here.

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