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Living Paleo on a Budget: Discount Grocers

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Last Updated on December 6, 2020

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In my early 20s, I was happy but broke and I made sure to stretch my penny on food.  I bought my groceries from Grocery Outlet, Ethic Markets and Surplus grocery stores.    There were two small markets, now unfortunately closed, that I found that sold dented canned foods, discontinued products and food a hairs breath from the stamped expiration date.    To say I could turn  $100 into groceries that lasted a month was no joke and then, well, I starting more money and ditched my cheapo ways for New Seasons.

Now some may think that eating expired foods is the same as playing Russian Roulette but even the FDA gives a nod to the practice by stating that are only an indication by the manufacture of when the food is at its optimum quality.   So, let’s talk about savings.

Save Money on Real Food


 Coconut Mint Secret bars:  Paid $6.  Retail online for $35.98

Arrow hood Mills Tahini : Paid $1.99  Retail $9.99

Lurpak Butter: Paid $1.99  Retail $6.99

I bought all of these items from Grocery Outlet.   I have snagged everything from 1.5 lbs of Uncured Pepperoni for $6 to Sudz Bare Naked 8 oz Soap Bars for .99 cents (these retail  for $5.99 a bar).

If you’re lucky enough to have a Local surplus store you might find even more amazing deals.    Also, if you see something you like buy as much as you can afford/stock away.  Things go fast.  I’m still kicking myself  for not grabbing more uncured bacon that I found for $2.99 for 12 oz.


Wednesday 6th of March 2013

No stores like that near me. But I eat past the expiration date... within reason, of course. :) My hubby (and my son, because of my hubby) will not. That magic date on the package means it is suddenly bad from one night to the next morning. lol.


Sunday 24th of February 2013

Great deals!

Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins

Saturday 23rd of February 2013

Those are some awesome deals! Thanks for sharing!

A Time Out for Mommy- Elaina

Saturday 23rd of February 2013

I don;t think we have anything like this here.

Emily @FamilyNLifeLV

Saturday 23rd of February 2013

Total score! I don't think we have anything like that here though...