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Grocery Store Garage Sales

I love to go to garage sales and am always looking for things to resell on Ebay. But did you know that I also sometimes find garage sales at the grocery store? I don’t know why more people don’t do this. I eat a lot of canned soup and my two favorite kinds are Progresso and Campbell’s Chunky. On an average week I probably eat 2 or three cans of it as it makes an easy lunch or dinner.

Last week I was walking through my grocery store and I found exactly what I always hope to find. Right there on isle #2 was a garage sale that was too good to pass up. The Campbell’s Chunky soup was on sale for a buy one and get one free which is essentially 50% off!

Sometimes there is a limit to the number of items you can buy for these types of sales. I looked carefully and saw nothing about a limit so I went off in search of a store employee to ask. I found a guy stocking the shelves and asked him whether he could help me with a question I had.

Once we were standing in front of the shelves of soup I asked him whether he knew whether there was a limit on the number of cans I could buy. “Why” he said, “how many do you want to buy?” I already felt a little embarrassed but I knew it was only going to get worse. “I’d like to buy about 150 cans if there is no limit” I said. I immediately knew by his expression that he had never been faced with this situation. “I don’t think there is a limit but let me go get my boss” he said.

His boss came and we had the exact same dialogue. He asked me why I wanted so many and I told him the truth. I eat the stuff all the time, it lasts forever, and it is good emergency food in case there is another 9/11 or a big earthquake. He told me he would have to order it as he didn’t want me to empty their shelves and that was fine.

A couple weeks later I got the call that the soup was in and I went down to pick it up. Again, it was sort of embarrassing as I was paying for it but it was worth it. The soup filled my entire trunk and I had to put some on the seat to fit it all in. All 150 cans of soup are now safely in my garage along with the other 70 or so I have from the last sale.

The other item I do this with is muesli cereal. I go through a box of that about every 3 days and the last time it went on a 50% off sale I kind of goofed. The sale lasted about 2 months and I got complacent. I acted as though the sale would never end and I only saved about 20 boxes. I kick myself every time I walk in the store now as it has not gone on sale since. The next time there is a big sale on that muesli cereal I am going to do whatever it takes to stock up.


Have you ever done this in the grocery store or am I the only one? With a 50% sale on the muesli cereal I save about $2.00 a box as it is normally $4.00. If I buy 200 boxes, which I will I swear, I will save $400.00! Why don’t more people do this?

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  • 1

    When I was in university in Hawaii I found a cool store that sold damaged freight items. Stores in Hawaii must ship everything in so most items spend time on a barge.

    This store had all sorts of things including food. Most were dented cans of things like Progresso soup, tuna, Chef Boyardee ravioli (yum), etc. Products with damaged but intact packaging were also sold, as they couldn’t be put on supermarket shelves. Many were gourmet items like imported salami and refrigerated pasta with just ripped labels. I even found good champagne and wine there once. Everything was pennies on the dollar. I was getting pricy brands for cheaper than supermarket brands.

    If you live near a port it may be worth asking around for similar places.

    Ty on November 20th, 2007
  • 2

    I love BOGO’S, the bet deal besides free. Good post.

    Atlanta Business Law on November 20th, 2007
  • 3

    Man I need to start shopping in your store.

    Steve on November 20th, 2007
  • 4

    Soemthing called “Time Value of Money.” How much of your money do you have tied up in soup?

    Ralph Waldo on November 20th, 2007
  • 5

    I have a couple of hundred dollars tied up in soup. Right now my soup is doing better than my stocks in the stock market.

    DayJobNuker on November 20th, 2007
  • 6

    I think this was the single most bizarre post I’ve ever read.
    And I love it.

    SlightlyShadySEO on November 20th, 2007
  • 7

    Sounds awesome buying damaged goods for pennies to dollars(inside is still good). Making a store that buys damaged goods and then sell them for a little profit sounds like it would become a great hit here!

    david on November 20th, 2007
  • 8

    HAHAHAHAHA I see Im not the only who shops on CRACK
    I did this during the summer with Kraft dinner, I have a 7 yr old boy and we experiment from time to time with foods and pop man you should have seen our mentos and diet coke VOLCANO, any ways thats another story. SO there we are shopping for food on a saturday afternoon and the monsters comes running around the corner beaming from ear to ear DADDY DADDY look what I found (holding a box of KD0 Im like good score dude, hes like no dad you dont understand its on sale, so I went and looked sure enough .49$/box usually its like 1.69 , I looked, no limit there was at least 50 of them so I loaded up my cart (had to get a second one) So yeah I totally understand!!!

    shane on November 21st, 2007
  • 9

    Like thanks dude, I’m like glad you are so totally down with what I’m trying to put out there and like keep reading and come back often to my blog man!

    DayJobNuker on November 21st, 2007
  • 10

    nice post. i want to buy things from your store.
    keep posting.

    branding ideas on November 21st, 2007
  • 11

    Hey, good job! (pssst…did you use coupons on the soup too? That would have made the soup even cheaper….)

    Remember the key to stockpiling sale + coupons = super cheap!

    Oh-and yes I shop at my grocery store like you do. I stockpile when things are on a good sale. I get things free all the time (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cleaning supplies, food etc..). I’m slowing down though as we are moving in a few months and some of the freezer items I won’t be able to take with me.

    Erin on November 26th, 2007
  • 12

    Coupons on top of the 50% sale could be a bit too much for me to pull off. That just might be too embarrassing!

    DayJobNuker on November 27th, 2007
  • 13

    Hey love the idea and no need to be ashamed! If you ask me it sounds like
    strategic thinking and I’m all about that.

    Chris on November 28th, 2007
  • 14

    Excellent. It’s not only food you can do this with. With a family of 4 it is surprising how much Kleenex, toilet paper, aluminum foil, ziploc bags…etc, etc, that we go through. I have become very aware of the going price for these non-perishable items, and when I spot a super sale…watch out! I have totally filled my van with paper products and such more than once. ood post.

    Brad Lee on November 28th, 2007
  • 15

    Hey the market was up huge today…It is probably beating your soup investment now. Anyhow, I love the coupons on top of the BOGO’s, it feels like legal stealing when I walk out of the store with free stuff.

    satellite stud on November 29th, 2007
  • 16

    Not a bad idea. That is a great way to save money. It’s better than going to Costco or even Sam’s Club. You are actually getting a bunch of Cans for free and if they are offering it than they have to be ready for someone buying the whole shelf.

    Garage Sales on June 29th, 2008
  • 17

    Great tips. I’m always looking for ways to save money on my grocery bill. Especially with 2 growing boys eating more and more!

    Printable Coupon on June 16th, 2010