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Old 01-08-2013, 02:01 AM   #41
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Au contraire, sorta. While I certainly agree it's mostly processed stuff, I've been buying our Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats at the local Big Lots for less than 50 on the dollar for a while now. And though I wouldn't go there weekly or even monthly, I've selectively bought some decent name brand stuff at our local Big Lots.

Dollar stores et al are a good place to buy some perishables IMO, but if you want quality durable goods, you may be out of luck.
We also get the steel-cut oats at Big Lots (plus brown rice & bean mixes), and often find decent canned foods such as roasted red bell peppers which we use quite a bit.

Same with Grocery Outlet (GO): We find some great deals, like huge bags of organic veggies. (Plus a fun wine selection.)

In both cases, it's a matter of sifting through the miscellaneous to find the goodies.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:22 PM   #42
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Glad to hear the positive comments about Aldi. A store just opened about 5 miles from my house. I'll have to check it out.
Whenever I suggest Aldi's, I feel obligated to warn folks about the strange thing they do with shopping carts......e.g. you have to pay a 25 cent deposit to use a shopping cart. When you return the cart to the corral you get your quarter back...at least that's how the ones around here work. You are also required to purchase bags or provide your own. It's not a big deal to me, but I've had freinds shudder at the thought of shopping there.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:43 PM   #43
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Whenever I suggest Aldi's, I feel obligated to warn folks about the strange thing they do with shopping carts......e.g. you have to pay a 25 cent deposit to use a shopping cart. When you return the cart to the corral you get your quarter back...at least that's how the ones around here work. You are also required to purchase bags or provide your own. It's not a big deal to me, but I've had freinds shudder at the thought of shopping there.
That must be standard with them because they do that at my Aldis too. They also only take cash or debit cards which is fine by me. How funny though...I guess your friends would rather pay 10-30% more for their groceries and have the luxury of leaving their cart wherever they want to. I used to think that Walmart was by far the cheapest (on average) in my area, but Aldis has even lower prices. I've only found one product of Aldis that I didn't like (the ground coffee was a little too bitter for me) but I suppose that is just a personal preference.
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