Originally Posted by Midpack
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.