Michelle Parkerton | 

Discount Grocery Stores in Every State (Bookmark This To Save Money on Groceries)

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With prices rising for just about everything these days, I am all about saving money wherever I can. And one big thing I’ve been trying to do in our house is cut back on the grocery bill for my family of four. Thankfully, there are a few discount grocery stores near me — like my beloved Aldi — that help me keep my wallet in check each week.

While discount grocery stores are nothing new, their popularity is on the rise. Why? Because you can save a pretty penny buying their generic store brands.

Another way to be thrifty with your family’s food budget is to shop at salvage (also known as bent-and-dent) grocery stores. Keep reading to find out how discount grocery stores work, along with a list of discount grocery stores and independently-owned discount and salvage grocery chains.

And, of course, download the Krazy Coupon Lady app to see more daily deals and savings opportunities. Or text HACKS to 57299.

Here’s the lowdown on salvage vs. discount grocery stores.

Koshi GO Lean cereal cups at Grocery Outlet.

A “salvage” grocery store is a store that salvages produce and packaged foods that would otherwise go to waste. Think of things like leftover Halloween candy, a surplus of Little Debbie Christmas Tree cakes after the holidays, or dented cans of corn from a damaged pallet. At a discount grocery store, you may also find products with an old label design after a rebranding or items that are near or past a manufacturer’s “best by” date.

Discount grocery stores sell off-brand products. The groceries you’ll find at salvage stores are typically name-brand items purchased by third-party distributors. They are then resold to those bent-and-dent outlets.

Is food from a salvage grocery store or liquidation grocery store safe?

Yes, the food items sold at salvage grocery stores are safe to eat! According to the Food & Drug Administration, the only product that requires a “use-by” date is infant formula. So all the best-by, freeze-by, and sell-by dates that you see marked on packages of bread and packages of meat are actually freshness recommendations by the manufacturer.

You can also slash your grocery bill by shopping at stores offering “ugly” produce for cheap.

If you don’t mind crooked cucumbers or not-so-round apples, then check into grocery delivery services partnering directly with growers to save misshapen produce. These are products that don’t otherwise meet a visual buying standard. In addition to selling “ugly” fruits and vegetables, both Misfits Market and Imperfect Foods offer pantry staples, dairy, and meat items to customers.

Related: Check out these quirky ideas for saving money on online grocery shopping.

These discount grocery stores operate in multiple states.

While a lot of the discount grocery stores are local chains, we found a few that operate in more than one state.

Make the most of large discount grocery stores with these money-saving tips.

Don’t head into discount grocery stores or grocery liquidation stores blind. Use these simple suggestions to maximize your savings and grocery haul.

1. Shop Aldi’s Weekly Ad and save big.

A person holding an ALDI advertisement over a shopping cart inside an ALDI store.

Aldi is a German supermarket chain that has no problem keeping it simple. This is paying off with shoppers, as it’s the fastest-growing supermarket chain in the U.S. Aldi stores are generally small and they strip away the towering shelves and fancy signage that define the national brands we all know.

Set Aldi as a favorite in the KCL app and look for Aldi deals each week (find an Aldi near you) and check out the Aldi Finds or Aldi Savers sections. I found a six-count bag of L’oven Plain Fresh bagels (reg. $1.45) for $1.19.

Great Value’s six-count pre-sliced plain bagels go for $1.50 — that’s $0.31 in savings! You’ll find tons of marked-down products like this if you shop their weekly ads and save big.

Related: Ways to Spend Even Less at Aldi

2. Buy exotic wines from Lidl for bargain prices.

Wine on a shelf at Lidl

If you fancy yourself a sommelier, you’re in luck: Lidl, an east-coast-based chain of discount grocery stores, offers around 80 wines in store at any given time, and Lidl’s wine selection has won over 200 industry awards.

They have a wide variety of wines, like reds imported from both Spain and California, at a great price point. For instance, I found this 1790 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles for just $8.99, which, according to Vivino, normally goes for around $13.99 — about $5 in savings.

3. Clip Smart & Final coupons and shop their weekly circular.

Smart & Final extra store front.

To shop Smart & Final and get the best deals, check out Smart & Final weekly ads and clip Smart & Final coupons online (or print them out for in-store shopping). You can find great deals at a Smart & Final near you, like saving $1.50 on any four Smart Ones products or saving $1 on Welch’s Fruit Snacks.

4. Check out Market Basket for deals on grocery items and produce.

Produce section at Market Basket

Market Basket, a small grocery chain based in southern Texas and Louisiana, will inspire you to take a southern road trip just for the savings.

For the best deals, check out Market Basket’s Weekly Flyer, where you’ll find groceries, produce, and other products with crazy price cuts. In the June 2 - 8, 2024 ad, Market Basket had a deal selling a 16-ounce Chick-fil-A sauce for two for $7 ($0.22/ounce) and 1 gal Crystal Geyser Spring Water for $0.99.

On Walmart.com, a 16-ounce Chick-fil-A sauce goes for $3.98 ($0.25/ounce) and a 1 gal Crystal Geyser Spring Water runs at $1.38 per bottle — that’s $0.79 in savings if you took up Market Basket’s deals.

5. Look for green price tags at WinCo Foods for sales, and apply store coupons for steeper savings.

Cheerios cereal with an Extra Savings green price tag in front of them.

You’ll find WinCo Foods scattered up and down the West Coast and peppered throughout the Midwest and parts of Texas.

Unfortunately, you can’t shop online right now. So, you’ll have to settle for in-store shopping.

When perusing the aisles, though, you’ll want to look out for green label tags, as these mark their sales items.

For a bigger discount, you can also apply one coupon per item — including sales items — be it a WinCo coupon or a manufacturer coupon.

Related: WinCo Shopping Strategies That’ll Save You Hundreds

6. Check Grocery Outlet’s Facebook page for great deals.

Grocery outlet facebook page screenshot

You can’t see what Grocery Outlet carries online since they don’t offer online shopping right now, but I found this insane deal on Sour Patch kids the other day on Grocery Outlet’s Facebook page where you could buy three five-ounce bags of Sour Patch kids for just $1. (That’s $0.06 an ounce!)

Compare this to Amazon where you’ll find same-size Sour Patch kids bags for $0.20/ounce.

Also worth noting is Grocery Outlet’s legendary wine deals. Again, you’ll have to pay attention to their social media posts, as this journalist for Oregon Live discovered. He found bottles from well-known wine producers discounted by as much as 70%!

8. Find great deals on snack foods at Family Dollar.

Mug rootbeer, Crush Grape soda and Mountain Dew.

Family Dollar is owned by Dollar Tree, and they offer products at a similar price range. Like many stores, you can peruse Family Dollar’s Weekly Ads for sweet deals on a broad range of products, from back-to-school essentials to snack foods for your kids’ lunches and more.

Family Dollar also has a $1 WOW section on their Weekly Ads where you’ll find select items for $1 or less in store, like Mike & Ike chewy candies, Wise brand Honey BBQ chips, bags of Top Ramen, and more. Check the ads regularly to get the best deals on these pantry staples.

Here’s a list of salvage and discount grocery stores in every state.

People checking out at a Grocery Outlet store

It’s always smart to contact the store ahead of time yourself to make sure they are still open.



  • Sav-U-More, 43531 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna (with another location in Homer)




  • Better Buy Discount Groceries, 2950 Myers Street, Oroville

  • C&C Discount Grocery, 5829 Feather River Blvd, Olivehurst

  • Cost Less Food Company, 555 South Highway 49, Jackson (with additional locations in Oakdale, Modesto, Ceres, Turlock, Hanford, and Corcoran)

  • Discount Groceries, 410 Coffee Road, Modesto

  • Hayfork Discount Groceries, Highway 3 & Forest Ave., Hayfork

  • Overstock Foods, 55 West Tehachapi Boulevard, Tehachapi

  • Smart & Final, multiple locations throughout the state


  • Esh’s Grocery, 375 West 71st Street, Loveland (with another location in Dacono)

  • My BargainMart, 2841 East Fountain Road, Colorado Springs

  • Sunshine Salvage Amish Discount Grocery, 10978 South County Road 5 East, Monte Vista


  • The Outlet, 220 Albany Avenue, Canton (with another location in Southington)


  • Byler’s Grocery Outlet, 1368 Rose Valley School Road, Dover (with another location in Harrington)

  • Super G Discount Food & Drug, 4301 Concord Pike, Wilmington (with another location in Bear, and more to come)














  • Daily Table, 684 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (with additional locations in Dorchester and Roxbury)

  • Deals & Steals, 76 Pleasant Street, Suite A, Northampton








New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

  • Cash Wise, multiple locations throughout North Dakota and Minnesota

  • D & K Grocery, 182 W. Stutsman St., Pembina





Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota







West Virginia



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