Salvage grocery stores can be a great alternative to bidding at food auctions if an auction cannot be found in your area. Also known as surplus grocery stores, they can save you as much as 30–50 percent off your food bill.
Similar to items found at food auctions, their inventory consists of the following:
- overstocked items
- slightly damaged, bent, dented, ripped, or torn packages or cans
- mislabeled or old labeled items
- items not selling well in regular chain stores and returned to warehouse
- near or at their sell-by or best-used-by dates
Also similar to items sold at food auctions is the guarantee by the USDA that such items pose no safety hazard or poisoning threat. Excluded from this list is baby food and formula. The sell-by dates refer to a product's freshness, not its safety.