Save Money Shopping Salvage Grocers

More and more people are finding “salvage” grocery stores a way to save big on grocery staples. As a big fan of my local store in NC, I can tell you that the savings can be huge.
While they do not look like typical grocery stores, neither do their prices. While it may not be the place to go to pick up specific items on your shopping list, it can be a fabulous treasure hunt for items you use every day.

I like to stop in my local store at least once a week to see what they have. Some of my best finds have been, Barilla plus pasta for.50 a box, canned beets, peas, corn, string beans and diced tomatoes for.25 a can, IAMS 4lb bags of dog food for $2 a bag,.5 liter bottles of Perrier for.25 each, Kelloggs Smart Start cereal for $1 a box, Ken’s salad dressings for.25 a bottle, 10lb red potatoes for $2.

The packaging is most often a little dented or crinkled but the food is sealed and the price is certainly right. If you see a real deal, you need to take advantage of it. Since these are closeouts and one time purchases, you may not find that deal next time you drop in.

One important thing to remember is that just because you are in a salvage store, everything is not automatically cheaper. I have found paper products, cleaning supplies and some frozen foods to be cheaper at my local Walmart.

While these stores don’t advertise and traffic is mostly word of mouth, you can probably track down at least a couple of stores in your area. There are now hundreds of salvage grocery stores across the United States. I have gone online and typed “salvage grocer” into my favorite search engine to find stores near my children’s houses. They are sometimes even listed in the yellow pages. For starters, this link will get you to a statewide directory: http://andersonscountrymarket.net/directory

I do not consider it to be a complete directory as my two favorite stores are not on it. If you find that you don’t live near one, remember to check out your local grocers clearance section which is usually located in the back of the store or look for closeout labels on the grocery shelves.

In addition to canned goods there are deals on organic vegetables, eggs, dairy, frozen foods meats, dog treats, paper products, over the counter medications, shampoos, soaps detergents, snack foods even candy. In short anything you would find at your neighborhood grocer can usually be found there.

When it comes to expired products, “You can probably buy it and use it safely past those expiration dates. If it’s something that requires refrigeration, you may want to exercise more caution before you buy and consume something like that,” said Susan Parachini, with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She said dates placed by manufacturers don’t imply when something is safe to eat but rather when the quality is best.

Groceries eat up a hefty percentage of American families’ budgets. A weekly trip to the salvage grocer can greatly stretch that budget with prices well below 50% off grocery store pricing. And now that I am using my Loyalty program card I save another 25% on the total price at the checkout. Anyone who has not looked into this is losing up to $170 a month in purchasing power! It is an incredible program and saves you money on what YOU buy everyday.

Architectural Salvage Adds Interest to Home Decor

Add a unique feature to your home decor or garden design by incorporating a piece of architectural salvage. These old building materials can be used as stand alone pieces or recycled to create an interesting piece of junk art.

One of the best things about using salvaged materials for art, crafts, or home projects is that once you get started, you keep coming up with new and ingenious ideas.

Country decor is enhanced with the addition of architectural salvage. The antique pieces of building materials and hardware fit right into a country style and add rustic appeal.

A minimalist decor with neutral colors and clean lines can be livened up with the addition of architectural salvage. Add a note of whimsy, or a splash of vintage flair to an austere room to create a conversation piece or a focal point. The use of antique materials or antique hardware can make a statement. You are reducing waste and recycling old items to give a room an environmentally friendly appeal.

Architectural salvage can be found at demolition sites or architectural salvage yards, antique shops, and junk shops. You can locate and use such things as:

Antique ceramic tile that has been removed from entry halls, kitchens, vestibules, and bathrooms. Old tiles can be strikingly beautiful, and are often embossed with geometric or natural designs. The glaze, crackled with age, adds a note of antiquity to these attractive pieces. Mount on bathroom or kitchen walls, or incorporate into mosaic designs for artistic projects, tables, seats, trays, or anything that you can come up with.

Antique ceiling tile or embossed sheet metal is inexpensive, versatile and attractive. It can be mounted behind a stove for a vintage flair or easily cut with tin snips to make unique objects or ornaments for the home.

Old metal and wood can be made into birdhouses, frames, sculptures, or used as stand alone decorating items.

Old sinks and bathtubs are readily available and can be reused as they are (with a bit of cleaning) or remade for another use. An old pedestal sink makes a whimsical planter. A claw foot bathtub can be used as a small garden pond.

Incorporating architectural salvage into a home decorating scheme is a wonderful way to preserve history, live a sustainable lifestyle, and add an interesting look to your home.

Can You Buy Salvage Cars And Still Come Out Ahead?

Buying a salvage vehicle can be a great investment, but by nature, it’s going to be a very risky investment for the vehicle buyer. A salvage car is just that; it’s a car that has been deemed as being totaled by the insurance companies. When a car is totaled, that means that the total value of the car after it has been damaged is for less than what it would cost to fix the car, or in a lot of cases, the car is worthless. Most worthless cars are simply sent to junk yards to be destroyed, or picked apart for salvage parts to sell. But when a car has been determined to have some worth, it will be sold by various means.

The most common means of selling a salvage car is at auto auctions. In general, auto auctions are venues where salvage cars, along with repossessed cars, are sold to the highest bidder. Most auto auctions are strictly for auto dealers, but some are open to the public. If you are an auto dealer, these venues are a great opportunity for you to buy salvage cars for dirt cheap prices, fix them up, and then sell them to receive great profits.

If you are a member of the public looking for a good deal on a car, then auto auctions can work out for you. You will certainly be able to get the car that you’d like at a low price. But there are drawbacks for the private buyer. The main thing is that repairs will have to be paid for. There is no way that a person can buy a salvage car, and not expect to pay for the repairs. In many cases, the repairs will be extensive. If a person has money sitting around to invest in the repairs, then the price will work out for them. If the private buyer is on a strict budget, then buying a salvage car might not be in their best interest. The repairs will be too high. Even if the car is able to drive off the lot, and even if the car is able to function at first, the owner might find that the car will seem to break down bit by bit. They will constantly have to have the car in the repair shop. By the time that they are finished paying for each small repair, they would have done much better to invest in a new car, or at least a used car that isn’t so old.

If a person is looking to start a business in reselling cars, then buying salvage cars can work in their favor. They will certainly need to have money set aside to repair the cars so that they can be sold at a profit. They will need to have contacts with great mechanics, or they must be very skilled to repair vehicles themselves. They also need to be able to dedicate a lot of time in repairing the cars. Many people buy salvage cars, repair and remodel them, and then resell the cars via auctions for collectors. Lots of profits can be earned in this way.