The final post I have for this mini-series is on discount food stores. I have to say that I am very thankful that I have some of these in my area. They don’t accept coupons but the prices there are low enough that it isn’t really necessary. One is Deal Mart and it’s almost a chain around here. There are several in the surrounding cities. However, we didn’t go to Deal Mart this month. Instead we went to Bargains Food Outlet.
Bargains is much bigger, close to a large Wal-Mart in size. They have pallets of food stacked up in addition to the aisles you see in normal stores.
When we are low on funds, we like to shop here or Deal Mart first because of their low prices. Not all of their goods are cheapest however. Near me, the milk at Aldi is under $2 while at Bargains it was over $2. You just have to become familiar with the stores and their prices around you to help you save extra money.
The reason their prices are so low is because they have damaged and sometimes expired goods. I read once online that the expiration date is more for the stores to know when to swap something out. Just be careful when buying expired and damaged goods, like this corn. I saw worse ones but didn’t want to step in front of someone looking at a shelf to take a pic. 😉
One of the best things about these stores is taking advantage of some damage. Like the boxed rice is fine as long as it doesn’t have any holes. Holes in something could let bugs in so we avoid those. Food that isn’t pretty enough to make it to the big box stores like Wal-Mart are sold cheaper here.
On a side note, even Wal-Mart lowers their prices for their ‘ugly’ goods. Hubby and I have found messed up cakes and other baked goods for cheap because the icing was ruined or it was about to go out of date. Like on the ‘We Made Too Much!’ cart. Or even in the bakery itself, which is where we found this cake.
One of the best deals hubby likes at Bargains is their chicken tenders. They are larger than nuggets but not as big as regular chicken tenders but for a 10 lb box, you pay only $6 or $7!! Depending on their prices when we go. Since we don’t have a deep freezer, it takes up a lot of room in our little side by side fridge freezer so we don’t get it very often. They have plenty of other meat deals in boxes like this and while there is a sign up preventing us from opening the boxes (by law apparently) that also means no one else has messed with what we want to buy. 😉
Here is a few more things we got at Bargains besides a box of chicken. Some of the items are ‘expired’ of course but they will be eaten up fairly quickly.
The produce there isn’t the best but hubby found a decent bunch of bananas there that were too bruised on the bottom to eat alone but they made some delicious and filling muffins!
As you can see, this cereal was expired technically, but we bought strawberry and blueberry. I haven’t had any from this box but the blueberry didn’t taste stale at all.
We also found some puffs for a good price! Now, I don’t normally buy baby stuff there because the pouches could be hiding mold. I have seen too many stories online of moldy pouches to wear I check each one before I give it to my daughter. But these puffs were fine. I shook them to make sure they weren’t stale and clumped together and these have a clear plastic wrap on the inside I found later that will help me to decide whether to buy them again or not. But so far they look fine and she loves them!
If you have a discount food store near you, then I recommend checking it out! Hopefully it will help you as much as it has helped us!
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