I love those stores and I wish we had one near us. You can find tons of cans for 1/4 of the price and there may be a bit of a dent in it, but so what? It is still good....I will draw the line though for canned tomatoes and tomato products because of the acid in the tomatoes. We had one back home and we went quite often. I know some people wouldn't be caught dead in a store like that and for others they have no choice or they just love saving money. Some of the salvage stores have meat and that I would have to say no to...but for cans there isn't a better place! Granted it is more time consuming to go to because you do have to really check everything out because you never know what is going to be there. My thinking is if the product is still fine and not opened and you have a store nearby, then why would you spend all that extra money on "perfect" cans.
We do have a store nearby that has a discount veggie and fruit bin....every morning about 30 minutes after they open they put out a huge cart of bagged up veggies and fruit. Each bag is 1$ and it may contain 2 pkgs of mushrooms, or a cauliflower, or 3 red peppers. You get my point....when I shop there, I always make sure that I go right around that time and get a bunch of veggies. Granted some may have to be used very quickly and others are fine for a good while. I like buying bananas and apples there because I bring them home and cut up the apples and freeze them for desserts...and for the bananas, we don't eat them fresh so I get them and let them turn brown and freeze them for banana bread later on.
Also at that store every morning they discount some of the meat that had a due date a couple days later....so for a couple dollars off certain pkgs you can buy them and freeze them and they will be great!
If you are on a budget this is a great way to shop and sometimes the only way. I love saving money and knowing that I can do groceries cheaper by getting discounts like this. I just wish there was a salvage store near me!
Do you shop at salvage stores or discount bins?