Last month, I was talking with a friend who is into “couponing”. She was telling me how she shops at Grocery Outlet, because they have great prices on a lot of items.
To be honest, I have been to Grocery Outlet maybe twice in the last five years. So when I was asked to work with them on a review of a local store, I thought it would be not only a way to check out their prices for myself, but share my experience with my readers as well.
Grocery Outlet has been a tradition for bargain-seeking customers since 1946. The company’s reputation as a deep-discount store began when the late Jim Read began purchasing military surplus back in the 1940s and sold it at huge discounts.
We source product opportunistically. Simply put, we buy brand name products directly from their manufacturers for pennies on the dollar. When a manufacturer has surplus inventory like excess packaging or manufacturing overruns they call Grocery Outlet first.
About 75% of our product is sourced this way. Some of our greatest buys are in Health and Beauty Care, Wine, Frozen Foods, Organics and Produce. To ensure that the basics are always available at Grocery Outlet, some product is sourced conventionally, like other grocery stores. Because we cannot source these products opportunistically, the savings may not be as phenomenal; however, we think it’s important to provide them for your convenience—to save you that extra trip.
So a couple of days ago I headed to our local Grocery Outlet with my mom and baby girl. Of course, I waited to there was a freak snow storm out! Considering the crazy snow, it wasn’t too busy.
I was actually surprised to see that Grocery Outlet is very much similar to walking in any of our local grocery stores. With the exception that they do not accept manufacture coupons.
All their price tags tell you their price, then how much the product is “Elsewhere”. One thing I noticed, when looking in the candy section, was some of the products did not match up with the price tags. Another words they were either in the wrong spot, or had the wrong sticker. I have seen this at other grocery stores as well. Being that I used to work for a grocery store, I just know to look for stuff like that.
Passing by the bread section, I saw a gentleman from our local Franz Bakery filling the shelf. I even found some Blueberry Streusel Bread, yum!
A few times throughout the store, I saw holiday products that were even more reduced in price, like the Chips Ahoy Halloween Cookies. One key about shopping at Grocery Outlet is to check the expiration dates. I found some White Chocolate Coffee Creamer that I love, that was only 2/$1. However, because the expiration date was for next week, I only bought one.
I especially loved seeing all the Organic products throughout the store as well.
They had a pretty good variety of non-food products. I even found cake pop makers, comforter sets, dolls, toys, and hair and makeup products. A lot great ideas for gifts.
While some products you probably could find on sale at other stores, at least you always get the sale price at Grocery Outlet.
I spent $49.43 total, on 19 items, including a super cute Jewelry Tree that was only $9.99.
My total savings was $42.39, which is almost 50% in savings.
I’m really glad I had the opportunity to check out our local Grocery Outlet.
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I received a gift card to help facilitate my review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.