Shopping the reduced-price racks at the grocery store is a big part of how I keep my grocery budget on track. I’d estimate that at least 25% of the stuff that goes into my cart each week comes from these sections of the store. But understand this: I’m not bringing home a bunch of dented cans and expired foods. Far from it. Take a look at what I snagged this week:
- (7) boxes of Quaker Whole Hearts Cereal (Best By Date: July 2013)
- (8) Keebler chocolate graham cracker pie crusts (Best By Date: August 30)
- (2) 10-oz bags of Fisher Slivered Almonds
- (3) cans of blackeyed peas (Best By Date: November 17, 2014)
- (1) container of ground cinnamon
- (1) bag of oranges
Nothing I bought was expired. None of it had damaged packaging. The fruit wasn’t even bruised or past its prime. It was just reduced because, for one reason or another, the store wanted to move it fast. Having spoken to an employee at this particular store before, I know that they often sell cereal at a reduced price when they have overstock (even if that overstock came in on the truck that very day). I also know that they reduce many items after the holidays to shrink their inventory back to its normal size – hence the deal on the pie crusts, nuts, cinnamon and blackeyed peas.
Sometimes I snag deals on things like milk and meat because they’re approaching their sell-by date, and I’m good with that, too. Meat is easy enough to toss in the freezer, and my family’s three-gallon-a-week habit, ensures milk gets used long before it’s passed its prime.
If you aren’t cruising the reduced-price racks already, give it a try the next time you’re at the store. You may just be surprised at what you find.
Tune in to see what I find on the reduced racks next week …