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Cheapest Grocery Stores

If You Don't Have A Salvage Grocery Store Near You
Updated: Sep. 21, 2022

Salvage grocery stores, also known as Bent 'n Dent stores or Banana Box stores, sell groceries at prices that are much lower than the prices at mainstream grocery stores — often by 50% or more — making them the cheapest grocery stores you're likely to find.

save 50% at salvage grocery storesUnfortunately, there aren't that many salvage grocery stores around and most of us don't have one within a reasonable driving distance.
See if there's a salvage grocery store near you.

Other Places to Find Cheap Groceries

If you don't have a salvage grocery store near you, you can find grocery bargains at dollar stores and discount stores. These stores sell some of the same products that are sold at salvage grocery stores such as close dated, outdated, overstock and discontinued shelf stable foods.

Dollar Tree
Family Dollar
Dollar General
Mighty Dollar (Kentucky & North Carolina)
99¢ Only (California, Nevada, Arizona & Texas)
Ollie's Bargain Outlet
Big Lots
Bargain Hunt Discount Store (Midwest & Southeast)
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Dollar stores sell national name brands of your favorite snacks for only a dollar, and they're also great places to find unusual imported foods, discontinued items, and exclusive products — usually at cheap prices.

Some of the products you buy at these stores might be close to or past their expiration date, but will still be safe to eat. Foods not exhibiting signs of spoilage should be wholesome and may be sold, purchased and consumed beyond the labeled “Best if Used By” date. Read the article Food Product Dating for more information about expiration dates.


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Amish Bulk Food Stores

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Wherever there's an Amish community, you're almost guaranteed to find an Amish grocery store that sells bulk foods. Grains, beans, spices, candies and other dry goods are packaged in bags and containers and sold at bargain prices.

See if there's an Amish bulk food store near you.

Which Grocery Stores Have the Cheapest Prices?

Salvage grocery stores and dollar stores have a limited selection of products and their inventories can change on a weekly or daily basis. It's very unlikely that you'll be able to find all of your weekly grocery needs at any one of these stores, so you'll have to do at least some of your shopping at a traditional grocery store. The stores listed below are the cheapest places to do your grocery shopping and are listed in order from lowest priced store at the top to the highest priced store at the bottom.

Cheapest Grocery Stores

  1. Market Basket (New England)
  2. Aldi
  3. WinCo Foods (Pacific Northwest)
  4. Grocery Outlet
  5. Save-A-Lot
  6. Lidl (Northeast & South-Atlantic)
  7. Food-4-Less (West Coast)
  8. Price Rite Marketplace (Northeast)
  9. H-E-B (Texas)
  10. Fareway (Ohio)
  11. Costco
  12. Walmart

Source: Dunnhumby’s 2022 Retailer Preference Index: Special Inflation Edition (released September 20, 2022).



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Market Basket

Considered to be New England's bargain grocery chain, the motto at Market Basket is "more for your dollar." The best deals can be found on store branded items such as snacks, chips, sodas, peanut butter and cheese. Some locations have a "Market's Kitchen" serving up salads, sub sandwiches, pizza, burgers, chicken wings, fried chicken and more. View specials and find locations at www.shopmarketbasket.com.

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Aldi

After being in the number one position for five years in a row, Aldi has moved into second place. Fresh produce that's delivered daily, fresh meats and fish, and an extensive line of organic, gluten-free and vegan foods can be found at Aldi stores throughout the US (no stores in Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington or Wyming). You'll find the best deals on bread, milk, yogurt, cereals, baking essentials, fresh produce, canned goods, cheese and wine. According to Reader's Digest, approximately 90 percent of Aldi’s products are their private label store brands which have a similar taste and also have packaging that imitates brand name items. When shopping at Aldi be sure to bring your own bags, otherwise you'll have to pay for them or go without. If you've never shopped at an Aldi store before make sure to bring a quarter with you so that you can unlock your shopping cart. See Things You Should Always Buy at Aldi. View specials and find locations at www.aldi.us.


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WinCo Foods

WinCo is a no-frills grocery chain that buys much of its food directly from manufacturers and farmers — keeping costs down by eliminating the middleman. Many products, such as coffee, grains, snacks and pastas are sold in bulk and can be purchased by the pound, and a good selection of herbs and spices can be purchased by the ounce. You'll have to bag your own groceries and only cash and debit cards are accepted as payment. View specials and find locations at www.wincofoods.com.

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Grocery Outlet

Grocery Outlet has operates more than 400 stores in California, Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. This "extreme value" supermarket has been described as "the TJMaxx of grocery stores" and they keep their loyal customers returning for the warehouse store-like prices without the membership fees. You'll find affordable groceries and big savings on brand name items, but you'll have to be flexible when it comes to your shopping list since Grocery Outlet is, in many ways, a salvage grocery store. View specials and find locations at www.groceryoutlet.com.

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Save-A-Lot

Save-A-Lot keeps their prices low by selling only the most purchased items and selling their own brands. In the words of Save-A-Lot communications manager Dan Kimack: "We carry one size and one variety of each item. If it's a can of whole-kernel corn, it's going to be one size and one variety — and it's going to be the most popular size and variety." View specials and find locations at www.savealot.com.

lidl cheap grocery store
Lidl

Lidl has an excellent fresh produce selection as well as a very impressive fresh bakery where you'll find ciabattas, focaccias, and rustic loaves made on site (that can be sliced to order) along with muffins, croissants artisan breads, oversized cookies, yeast doughnuts, and more. Around 80% of what Lidl carries comes from its own private label. Since Lidl is an international grocery store, they bring in lots of products from other countries: pasta from Italy, chocolate from Germany and cured meats from Spain. They also carry familiar brands like Jif and Coca-Cola, but availability will vary and name brand product availability won't be consistent. Lidl also has an award-winning wine department that has won more than 200 industry awards. Most of the stores offer about 80 wines at any given time. In 2019, Lidl was ranked as the third best supermarket by Food & Wine, which was based upon overall shopper experience. When shopping at Lidl be sure to bring your own bags, otherwise you'll have to pay for them or go without. View specials and find locations at www.lidl.com.



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Food4Less

Food4Less operates about 50 no-frills grocery stores in Southern California, Illinois, Indiana, and Nevada. A division of grocery giant Kroger, the company offers deeply discounted groceries, fresh produce, bakery and dairy items, ethnic foods, and meat. Select locations also include gas stations, photo processing, pharmacies, and wellness services. According to research by Eat This, Not That, Food4Less is the most popular chain of grocery stores within California. Get coupons, view specials and find locations at www.food4less.com.

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Price Rite Marketplace

Price Rite Marketplace is a chain of supermarkets found in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Owned by the same corporation that owns Shop Rite stores, Price Rite is a limited-assortment, deep-discount supermarket meant to compete with no-frills grocery stores such as Aldi, Lidl, and Save-a-Lot. The older Price Rite stores don't have the service departments found in most conventional modern supermarkets, such as Deli, Bakery, Meat, and Seafood — these departments are replaced by pre-packaged offerings prepared at centralized facilities which reduces costs. View specials and find locations at www.priceritemarketplace.com.

h-e-b cheap grocery store in texas
H-E-B

H-E-B is a more than century-old grocery store that many Texans swear by. Founded in 1905, it's many a Texan's one-stop-shop for food, household items, and many other necessities. Texas pride reigns supreme at H-E-B — the grocery chain's Hill Country Fare provate brand is named after the Central Texas Hill Country region and their coffee line has flavors such as coffee line Cafe Olé has flavors like Taste of San Antonio and Texas Pecan. H-E-B sells many national brands along with their own private label products which can be had at great savings. Some locations, called H-E-B Plus, sell items in other categories like outdoor, electronics, toys, and clothes in addition to groceries. No matter what you're shopping for, you'll have plenty of options to choose from at H-E-B. View specials and find locations at www.heb.com.

Fareway cheap grocery stores in the midwest
Fareway

Fareway Stores, Inc. is a Midwest grocery store chain based in Boone, Iowa. It operates 131 grocery store locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, and Missouri. Fareway provides service and food distribution in the Midwest. www.fareway.com.

Costco

Costco is a membership based retailer and the cost of membership is between $60 and $120 per year. Shoppers report that some prices are a good deal, but many are not, and you'll have to buy large sizes and/or large quantities of many products in order to get the best price. You'll also save money on products sold under their Kirkland brand, many of which are made by the same manufacturers as recognizable national brands (Kirkland diapers, for instance, are made by Kimberly-Clark, who also make Huggies). View specials and find locations at www.costco.com.

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Walmart

Walmart is the largest food retailer in the US, with over 3,500 supercenters across the country. Grocery sales account for over half of Walmart's total annual sales, totaling $200 billion each year. You'll find the best deals on items sold under its Great Value brand, name brand cereals and snacks, frozen produce, paper goods, pantry staples, toiletries, laundry detergents and cleaning supplies. According to Consumer Reports, Walmart consistently ranks toward the bottom of their listing of supermarket chains in terms of the quality of fresh foods and vegetables, meats, store-prepared foods and baked goods. View specials and find locations at www.walmart.com.


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