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Extreme Couponing Tip: Shop Grocery Outlets to Score Hot Deals!

Scoring 80 percent or more off retail at drugstores is often easy for Krazy Couponers, but saving big on groceries can be challenging. Trying out grocery outlets can often be helpful in lowering your food costs!

Grocery outlet stores are similar to clothing outlet stores: when chain food locations overstock or companies overestimate product sale predictions, grocery outlets buy the extras and sell them at discounted prices. Sound good? Below are the specifics to get acquainted with before hitting the aisles!

Expiration Dates: Many times, stores that fail to sell all their stock before the best-buy dates draw near tend to pass the extras on. Items at grocery outlets tend to (but not always) have close expiration dates. Always check the date stamps and make sure you can use the product before its recommended time. Read more about the true expiration dates of food here.

Unique Tastes: A bonus of having uncommon product interests is that many times, the average shopper passes these items up, allowing the excess to be discounted. Grocery outlets often have out-of-the-ordinary products, like unique flavored food (banana pudding ice cream or strawberry soy milk anyone?). This can be a great opportunity to branch out and try something new without busting your budget.

Fresh Produce: Farm-fresh fruits and veggies are making their way into local venues, including grocery outlets. This means low stock-up prices on everything from fresh melons to berries, apples and more. As a bonus, these are frequently locally sourced so you can feel proud of supporting your local economy.

Break from the Binder: Most grocery outlets do not accept manufacturer coupons, and some coupons even exclude redemption at grocery outlets. But look on the bright side — no worries about clipping and sorting! Compare prices to close-by chain stores’ after-coupon prices to ensure you are getting the best deal.

Circulated Ads: Grocery outlets occasionally send out ads promoting their newly stocked items. Take heed though — the products are usually sold on a first come, first served basis, with no rain checks allowed. For the best chance at great deals, shop the ad week early. Keep an eye out for store coupons featured in the ad, in Entertainment Books, or via social media. These are often for a dollar amount off your total purchase, such as $5 off every $35 spent.

No full grocery outlets nearby? Try looking for bread outlet stores for savings on bread, pastries, bagels, cakes and sometimes dairy!

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7 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Shop Grocery Outlets to Score Hot Deals!”

  1. BlessednFavored says:

    Personally I won’t shop @ Save A Lot however, I bask in Save A Lot PRICES { I SLAY em by STACKING coupons on top of the price match} Meanwhile, receive Walmart QUALITY!!!!! ©Price Match© #SlaughteringEm! #DevastatingEmEVERYtime!

  2. Shay New says:

    I love grocery outlets. yes ou have to carefully inspect each product you want, but it’s worth the savings. now if only they took coupons, i’d be in heaven, LOL

  3. C says:

    This is good info. Big Lots does not accept coupons, but I find good stuff there for cheap, including the fancy food items that regular groceries charge an arm and a leg for. I got Italian Olive oil for 5.00 for a tall bottle, and grapeseed oil for $3. Some of their items are overpriced, but for the most part I got some pretty good deals there, sans coupons. I buy bread from the local bakery outlet store. The dates on the bread are a few days to a week until expiration, but I just throw them in my freezer. They are about 1.39 per loaf. Another local discount store (who DOES accept coupons) sells bread for 1.25 per loaf. I don’t know if that’s good or not, but it beats walmart!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Pizzaz has one word for shopping at Grocery Outlets-INSPECT! INSPECT! INSPECT!
    (Technically, that’s 3 words…or, 1 word repeated 3 times…whatever.)
    In addition to checking expiration dates, Pizzazezz unsolicited advice is to look carefully for mold & mildew & bugs. Even items inside a glass jar can have mold. Bags of rice may have tiny moving bugs in them. INSPECT!!!

    • Good advice, Pizzaz!

    • 2VavaIvanova22 says:

      This tip goes to every store not just Grocery outlet stores. I have seen moldy juice at Walmart, moldy cheese at Safeway, and bad bread at FredMeyers. I don’t know why people attack outlet stores for groceries. To me, they have better deals and better choices most of the time than me using a coupon at a normal store. I shop at my Grocery Outlet store often because I save a lot of money all the time. For $20 bucks, I leave the store with 4 to 5 bags full of groceries that last for 2 weeks for my little family. This includes eggs, fruits, veggies, and bread. I think that’s a fantastic deal, a deal I haven’t been able to get with normal stores.