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I've been so inspired by the discussion of salvage grocery stores over on the Frugality & Finances forum. Unfortunately, I can't find any of these types of stores in Houston on my own. It seems to me that there is more word-of-mouth type advertising than traditional yellow pages advertising for these type of stores. So, fellow Houston-area folks, what are the words coming from your mouths about these types of grocery outlet / scratch and dent stores? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I've only found a couple near here on yellow pages searches. One is called Quality Salvage Grocery in Huntsville, and another is Capital Sales Damaged Freight in Houston (but I can't even tell if that one sells groceries at all, lol!). Anyone know of any others? Personal recommendations?
 

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Well, near me there is a store called Poole's grocery, where they have a rotating stock of good deals, depending on what you like. For example, they will sell 10 lbs of bacon for $5 or a case of soda for $3. They also sell plants and such.<br><br>
They are in northeast Houston (in a bad-looking neighborhood, but not dangerous) on E. Mt. Houston and Homestead.<br><br>
I don't tend to go there that often because it doesn't work well with my schedule and the things they have are usually things we don't really eat, but they do have good deals. And they have produce and such, too.
 

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Cool, thanks for the Poole's Grocery recommendation! I'll check it out when we're next on that side of town.<br><br>
On the plus side, the Kroger we go to has a scratch and dent section in the back (most of them do, usually hidden way in the back near the restroom or some equally out of the way place). Last night I found 4 6-packs of mismatched beers (looks like someone had stolen one out of each of them) for $2 each, and what do you know -- my SO is now very intrigued by the scratch and dent idea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Do your Target's have a "clearance" area? The grocery area of mine does and I have picked up Cherrybrook Kitchen box baked goods (allergen free) for $2-3. In my Target, this is on the end caps of the boxed food aisles, by the eggs and dairy section.<br><br>
ETA: Have you tried the dollar store? They had a bunch of detergent and other things I would normally buy at the grocery store.
 

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I love the Target clearance areas, which tend to be pretty good where I am because I typically shop at a SuperTarget that stocks all the food items. I'm a big dollar store fan, also. The 99 Cent Only Stores chain is really good for some food items, including some organics every once in a while.<br><br>
It looks like the Houston area doesn't have too many of the types of salvage food stores that people in other areas talk about, though. Which is all right because I can typically find most of what I need at good prices if I look hard enough, but I must say my frugal little heart would skip a couple of beats if I found the type of cheap food emporiums mentioned on those threads. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
ETA -- lalaland42, I wanted to add I love your location line. A couple of years ago, I saw Lyle Lovett (who tries to be a cowboy around here, lol) in a Starbucks ordering frappuccinos. I thought of that and just cracked up when I read your location.
 

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Hi -- I do know what a "scrath-n-dent" store is (I used to live in Richmond, VA where we had one)... anyway, I do NOT know of any in the Houston area.<br><br>
However, Fiesta grocery stores usually have the best prices on canned goods and produce. I would guess that Fiesta runs at least 25% less then most of the other chains ... maybe even more of a discount for the produce.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: Fiesta!! ITA.<br><br>
And the Fiesta on Main and Kirby is awesome for ethnic foods!!<br><br>
Plus, they carry Ezekial bread, as well as crazy cheap tofu (.89!) and frozen naan bread. Oh, I'm hungry!
 

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ETA -- lalaland42, I wanted to add I love your location line. A couple of years ago, I saw Lyle Lovett (who tries to be a cowboy around here, lol) in a Starbucks ordering frappuccinos. I thought of that and just cracked up when I read your location.</div>
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I may have to change mine to a variation of that. That's awesome!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ETA -- lalaland42, I wanted to add I love your location line. A couple of years ago, I saw Lyle Lovett (who tries to be a cowboy around here, lol) in a Starbucks ordering frappuccinos. I thought of that and just cracked up when I read your location.</div>
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That is too funny. About a year ago, I was in Starbucks and I saw 3 men in the stereotypical rancher uniform ordering frappuccinos with all the extras. That's where my location came from. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I have a good friend who, until recently, lived in rural Illinois. Her only local grocery store was called the Salvage and it was the kind of store you described. She told me about bags of organic greens on sale for $1. I was a little jealous of those buys myself. She did tell me though that whenever she bought the more exotic stuff (like artichoke hearts), the checker would lecture her on frugality. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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There is a scratch n' dent store at the corner of Airline and either W. Mount Houston or W. Little York. Not sure which street it is, but I think it's one of those. There is a Washington Mutual across the street from it. I don't know the name, but you'll see it. I think it has a sign that says something about cheap rice. It's not the best area, but the prices are good. I live too far (Katy), but I used to go there when my husband worked nearby. I have also heard that there are some in Pasadena and South Houston. I'll let you know if I find the names and locations. HTH!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There is a scratch n' dent store at the corner of Airline and either W. Mount Houston or W. Little York. Not sure which street it is, but I think it's one of those. There is a Washington Mutual across the street from it. I don't know the name, but you'll see it. I think it has a sign that says something about cheap rice. It's not the best area, but the prices are good. I live too far (Katy), but I used to go there when my husband worked nearby. I have also heard that there are some in Pasadena and South Houston. I'll let you know if I find the names and locations. HTH!</div>
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Awesome!!! I'm driving into town tonight and that's right on my way. Hopefully I'll get a chance to stop there. If not, I go to Greenspoint Mall every once in a while (yeah, that's not super-safe either, but the parking is great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), and that intersection seems pretty closeby. Can't wait to stop!
 

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Reporting back on the store at W. Little York and Airline... Directions were perfect, btw -- found it really easily. Everything there, though, was SUPER-expired. Like, not a couple of weeks off, but a couple of -um- years... Weeks or even a couple of months for chips and stuff I can get away with; more than that, there's no point in buying since my fiance won't eat it. Their paper products, etc. were at prices comparable to lower-end grocery stores. But I think products move in and out through those types of stores quickly, so may be worth checking again.<br><br>
If anyone else does end up checking it out -- there's a really cool thrift store down near the other end of the strip center. Their pricing is by days; On Thurs, everything is 1.75, Fri 1.50, Sat 1.25, Sun 1.00, Mon .75, Tue .50, and Wed .25 (I think I got those days right!). Typical thrift store fare, though a bit less organized, but I'll take it for that pricing structure!
 

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Houston Foodco Incorporated<br>
5601 Navigation Blvd<br>
Houston, TX 77011<br>
(713) 926-5007<br>
Capital Sales Damaged Freight Groceries, 5701 Almeda Rd, Ph 713-522-0285<br>
Capital Sales Damaged Freight Groceries, 4663 Telephone Rd, Ph 713-649-8658<br>
Jimmy Poole Grocery, 11658 Homestead Rd, Ph 281-442-0512
 

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Big Lots too has non-perishables (no produce though). Ross and Tuesday Morning have good deals on gifty-type stuff...think food-related Christmas gifts for teachers.<br><br>
I once saw Lyle Lovett clear the Astrodome in less than 5 minutes (at the Rodeo). He tried really hard to ride up to the stage on a horse but just looked so uncomfortable it was funny. "Frappuccino Cowboy" hehheheh.
 

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The $.99 Only stores can have some really great deals. You have to watch out to make sure that they are actually great deals on some items, but for the most part, you can find good prices.<br><br>
I've gotten Back to Nature organic boxed mac & cheese of various flavors 3 for $1 a few times, Muir Glen Organics large canned tomatoes, these YUMMY huge boxes of frozen tempura veggies that you just stick in the oven and bake, wow, they were GOOOOD, I wish they would have those again. Dove ice cream bar 4 packs, on occasion produce like yellow squash and other things I primarily buy to feed my lizard, but are in great condition for humans, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, boxes of grape tomatoes... all kinds of stuff. They have a rotating stock of their frozen foods and such, and it's worth it to go often. Oh, I've also gotten boxes of lean pockets for dh to take to work there a few times. You can't beat .99 for those, it's one of the few processed foods I ever buy.<br><br>
They moved the one that was really close to me, so I haven't been in months to one, but they really are worth it if you are near one often.
 
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