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Bargain Gourmet: Finding Gourmet Groceries at Bargain Prices

Living Gourmet on the Cheap

You don't have to spend a lot of money to dine really well.

One of the best ways to save money on eating is to prepare it yourself.

Sure preparing your own food takes more time than grabbing a hamburger at a fast food joint, but if you do it right, you can wind up with great tasting, high quality healthy gourmet food for a lot less than the cost of eating out.

And if you choose wisely where you shop, you can often cut anywhere from 25% to 50% and more off you grocery budget and eat a wide variety of high quality foods that you would ordinarily not be able to eat otherwise.

Some of the places to look for low cost 'gourmet foods" :

  • discount stores
  • outlet stores
  • weekly specials
  • dollar stores
  • flea markets
  • roadside veggie stands
  • canning plants
  • u-pick fields & orchards
  • websites like and

Large Chains which often have delicious delicacies... cheap!

Aldi is a limited assortment, deep discount retailer that sells only private-label products, and is of the world's largest grocers, with 580 U.S. stores and almost 3,000 worldwide.  Aldi keeps costs low by stocking only approximately 700 of the most popularly purchased items, displaying them on shipping pallets in the boxes in which they arrive. Totally bare bones. No baggers. Cash only. Customers bring their own bags or purchase them. Membership club. Gourmet groceries, international, wines, large restaurant size portions, frozen gourmet foods -- plus a wide variety of other goods and services -- at a discount.

Big Lots features an interesting assortment of gourmet goodies... candies, spices, snacks, drinks. Check out their weekly online flyer.

Dollar General Discounted food items, dairy, candy, snacks, nuts, soft drinks. A limited selection, all $1.00 or 2/$1. Found SunMaid raisins, luxury hand soap, pasta, olives. Store locator

GO -- Grocery Outlet. Over 135 stores in ten states and growing. ".... In order to provide its customers with 'bargains only,' Grocery Outlet focuses on finding the best deals from food, beverage and consumer goods companies. Grocery Outlet receives the majority of its products from excess inventory in other distribution channels, including surpluses that arise due to product packaging changes, special promotions or overabundance. Grocery Outlet works with about 2,500 manufacturers to provide its customers with a wide variety of products, including frozen and refrigerated foods, dry groceries, beer and wine, health and beauty care, over-the-counter drugs and general merchandise...." We shop there often and continually find quality products in virtually every area... from discounted angus beef to spices, cheeses (as low as $2/lb!), produce, wines, etc. Well worth checking on a regular basis as you never know what you're going to find... like a Treasure Hunt!

National Wholesale Liquidators  Offers a wide variety of discounted groceries. Good buys on olive oil, pastas, balsamic vinegar, basmati rice, gourmet cookies, gourmet candies.  Online flyer shows weekly specials.

Sams Club "... Memberships provide the opportunity to save on a complete line of products such as quality jewelry, designer goods, sunglasses, crystal and collectibles, high end electronics, floral, apparel, organic foods and choice meats...."

Sav-A-Lot "... one of the nation's leading extreme value, carefully selected assortment grocery chains, operating nearly 1,200 value-oriented stores in all types of neighborhoods— urban, rural and suburban. We deliver our customers terrific savings, up to 40% compared to conventional grocery stores...."

Trader Joe's

"... Our shelves are stocked full of delicious foods and beverages from the basics like milk, bread and butter to more exotic fare like imported cheeses, organic produce and hand-tossed pizza from Italy. ..."

We found that Trader Joe's is definitely worth checking out on a regular basis to uncover a few really good buys... including some outrageously low-priced wine ($2.99 a bottle). Trader Joe's has expanded to almost 200 stores in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.

Also check Trader Joe's® Bargain Raider "...We watch them every week, so you don't have to. Keep tuning in here, and you'll never miss the appearance of their best bargains. Don't forget to check out our other resources (listed on the side bar to your right), and before you try anything weird at TJ's, check our reviews first. .."

And some posts re Trader Joe's.


Reasons people give for shopping at grocery outlet stores:

  • Adventurous
  • Fun to see what is there
  • For treats
  • It's interesting
  • It's like a treasure hunt,
  • Never know what you are going to find
  • Bargains
  • New and unusual items
  • Unbelievable variety
  • To be surprised

Discount Grocieries in the News

Besides being able to save anywhere from 25% to 300% on your groceries, shopping at surplus and outlet grocery stores gives you the "thrill of the hunt" experience without being frivolous... and allows you to be frivolous and indulge while coming in way under budget. Talk about win/win!

Salvaging deals: Discount grocery specializes in dented cans, not wallets "... customers walk out of the store with $30 to $40 worth of groceries for $15. 'I shop here myself because they have a lot of great bargains,' she said. This is the third discount grocery store to open in the area. It joins Penny Wise and Discount Grocery Warehouse, both in Olive Branch...."

Shop Discount Groceries and Save $1,000 "... A survey from Washington Consumers' Checkbook shows that families that would spend $150 a week if they shopped at average-priced chains, such as Safeway, could save $1,326 by shopping at the discount store Bottom Dollar Food

-- or spend $3,510 more by shopping at Whole Foods..... Shops sell food, and often the exact same name brands, for very different prices. By switching from Whole Foods to Bottom Dollar Food, customers could save almost $5,000 a year. That figure might be enough to scare you off those price organic brands for awhile...."

Where to find inexpensive gourmet groceries:

David’s Freebie & Discount Club. Joining is absolutely free. There’s nothing you must buy, now or ever.

You see, because so many merchants know that David Rosengarten has a huge following in the foodie world, they offer him--and all members of his Freebie & Discount Club--significant discounts and free products to sample, on the house!

These discounts and freebies can be for almost anything--say, a 20% discount when you buy gourmet lamb from a famous mail-order vendor ... or a free bottle of Champagne and free upgrade when you stay at a world-class hotel ... or a free oyster knife with your order of fresh oysters ... or a free caviar spoon with your first caviar order ... 10% off everything in a famous food catalog ... and scores of other tempting offerings

Regional and Local Discount Grocery Stores

Here are just a few examples of local and regional discount grocery stores. To find a discount store in your area, Google "discount grocery store" (in quotes) PLUS the name of your town or city. You can also search on "discount groceries" plus your city or town.

Valley Surplus and Groceries

District of Columbia

Penn Dollar Plus Dollar store selling groceries.


Discount Groceries of the Ozarks  Mentions a number of small surplus grocery stores in Missouri Ozarks.


Market Place

eBay Sniper



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