I can count on a few questions to always be asked at my couponing classes. One that typical comes up is, “Do you shop at the Grocery Outlet?” Then someone else usually asks, “What is the Grocery Outlet?”
Here’s the skinny on the Grocery Outlet: They are a chain of stores that offer manufacturer surplus inventory in addition to fresh food, including dairy, meat and produce. Their inventory changes constantly, depending on what deals they are able to negotiate with manufacturers. Since the items are never the same, you really get to experience a new store with each visit. And when you find an item your family uses, you need to stock-up, just like we do with couponing.
I personally shop the Grocery Outlet 2-3 times a month, usually while running other errands. These are the products I specifically look for at the Grocery Outlet:
:: Speciality cheeses — I can regularly get a great price on bleu cheese, Brie and other smelly cheeses and they are often organic.
:: Produce — I can always find prices either comparable to WinCo or just a bit less on fruits and vegetables.
:: Organic — I am amazed at the selection of non-perishable (or boxed) organic items. I always pick up organic cereal and fruit sauces for my babies at the Grocery Outlet. If you’re committed to organic boxed food, you should be shopping the Grocery Outlet regularly and stocking up when you find a great deal.
:: Frozen — This is definitely a hit-or-miss for me, but I have found frozen tortellini and ravioli for about half the price of WinCo on several occasions. Honestly, the search of discounted frozen pasta products keeps me coming back, week after week.
:: Natural toiletries — You can always find fantastic prices on the more natural, chemical-free toiletries (hair care, body care, sunscreen, etc). In fact, I really don’t know why people buy the stuff anywhere else.
I think it’s well worth your time to visit your local Grocery Outlet a few times to see what’s available. Remember, the stock always changes, so you may have a visit or two that doesn’t yield anything your family uses. Check back in a few weeks. I’ve had some times where I walk out empty handed and some weeks I’m toting out tons of bags. It just depends.
To entice you to give the Grocery Outlet a try, they are giving a $25 gift card to two Frugal Living NW readers!
To enter, just leave a comment! Make sure you leave a valid email address that you check daily. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email or I will select another winner. This giveaway will close and two winners randomly selected at Noon on Monday, October 3.
The Grocery Outlet is sponsoring this giveaway and also provided me with some products to try out, which we promptly scarfed before a picture was taken.
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