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In the other thread on groceries, I reccomended looking into a bent-n-dent stores for dry groceries...So today we made an extra trip out there and we picked up a few things. But I thought I'd demonstrate the savings on what we got, and the types of varieties we can get, some of which cannot even be bought at our local grocery store.<br><br>
(8) 7th Generation Automatic Dishwashing Gel 45oz, $0.75 each<br>
(2) Reese Precooked French Helix Snails, $0.25 each<br>
(10) 2.25oz sliced black olives $0.10 each<br>
(20) 8oz Pacific Naturals Organis Free Range Chicken Broth, $0.10 each<br>
(10) 10oz Valley Fresh 96% fat free white and dark chunk chicken, $0.50 each<br>
(5) Pomi Chopped Tomatoes in Parmalat carton, $0.25 each<br>
(5) 7th Generation Apple Scent Dishwashing Liquid, 25oz, $0.75<br>
(2) 7th Generation size 6 sposie diapers, 26 count, $3.00<br>
(10) Boxes various Kashi cereals, $0.65 a box<br>
(2) POwdered Meyenburg Goat Milk - $1.00 each<br>
(10) Annie's Organic Mac-n-Cheese, $0.20<br>
(5) Earths Best 1st Soups baby food, $0.10 each<br>
(20) Manshewitz Matzo Ball Soup Mix, $0.20 each<br>
(3) Bags of Feline Pine litter, $1.00<br><br>
So you can REALLY get some great deals on things, (how much would that 7th Generation dishwasher soap go for in a store?) you can find exotics, ALL for more than 50% off of the shelf price.<br><br>
Although, I must ask other than buying organic or natural products, is there an ecological aspect behind bent-n-dent stores? How can I (if possible) justify this as green shopping, just barring saving money?<br><br>
Steph
 

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I've never heard of a bent and dent grocery store. Is that the name of the chain? Where do such things exist? It sounds like you got some great deals!
 

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Although, I must ask other than buying organic or natural products, is there an ecological aspect behind bent-n-dent stores? How can I (if possible) justify this as green shopping, just barring saving money?<br><br>
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i would say that if the items were not at the 'dent' store they would be disposed of... so that is 'green shopping'<br>
i need to find a scratch n dent store in my area.... CEREAL IS A KILLER
 

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I don't have a store like around me, but the back of my grocery store has a little room where they sell dented box items,etc for a markdown. Better than throwing them out and I save money too!
 

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I love scratch and dent stores - that's where I buy most of my organics. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Places like Big Lots, Value City (some have a food aisle in the back), sometimes Gabriel Brother's, Dollar Stores, Dollar Foods...
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> Oh my gosh, I about fell over when I read the prices for the Seventh Gen stuff! I think I paid $4.79 plus tax for my dishwashing detergent the other day at Wild Oats.
 

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WOWZA! Your prices are great!! You are definatly saving some food from going to the dump <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And you can recycle the packaging <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
We have a scratch n' dent, but prices are higher than yours - but still mostly signifigantly lower than the retail NFS.<br><br>
Like, we buy Annie's mac n' cheese for 99 c<br>
Organic Eggs - dozen for 99 c<br>
Organic 32 oz yogurt - $1.49<br>
Organic Raw Milk Cheddar - $1.99/lb<br>
Whole Wheat Pasta - 99 c/lb<br>
etc.<br><br>
I have to make a conscious effort to stay AWAY from the snack foods - which there are SO many of! Seriously about 3 aisles of snacks. very cheap & organic, but still.. yuck! We'll buy pretzels, and if DH is along, he'll buy some chips, but I mainly try to stick to baking goods, pastas, dairy/egg case and produce.<br><br>
anne - it's not a name of a store, just a type of store, and depends on your town if you have them or not. We have a Big Lots, but their selection is crummy. Our scratch n' dents are called Amazing Savings. I just found them by word-of-mouth.
 

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I don't know if there are any real bent and dent stores here. The first time I heard of such places was in the last thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
We do have places that sell day old bread and bakery items. I think the closest place we have that's like a scratch-n-dent is the feed store 5 miles from my house. They carry unexpired dented can food items and other packaged foods in addition to the animal feed. They don't have any refrigerated or frozen items but I've found some organic items there like a large jar of organic pasta sauce for under $2, Annie's mac-n-cheese, Earth's Best baby food, organic whole wheat pasta, etc.
 

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Grocery Outlet is actually the name of a specific chain of stores... which they only have out west. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I loved Grocery Outlet...<br><br>
Big Lots varies... sometimes we get nothing, but I've found whole wheat pasta for a quarter, and whole-grain cereal for .99, and Toms of Maine toothpaste for under $2, and some nice organic natural tea tree oil deodorant for cheap...<br><br>
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The problem is that some of these "bent and dent" stores don't accept Food Stamps- which makes them *more expensive* for me as it means having to use cash for groceries when I otherwise could have just used the EBT card.<br><br>
I also wonder if some of these dented cans are unsafe to use.<br><br>
There's also no guarantee of what you'll find when you get there. Of the items in the OP, I would have stocked up on the powdered goat milk, bought the dishwashing gel even though I really prefer the powder and smelled the dish liquid before deciding whether or not to buy it (I usually get unscented or citrus scent). I might have gotten a few boxes of cereal, maybe not, depending on which varieties they had.<br><br>
But really, between my dairy allergies, my soy intolerance, my sensitivity to smells, DD's sensitivity to food additives, and keeping kosher, there are very few brands I can purchase and a lot of stuff we can't use. I'm not sure it would have been worth the gas money for the gamble.
 

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Thanks! Apparently we do have a Grocery Outlet here but it's closing this month because the lease ran out. Oh well...
 
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