As the family dollar stretches thin smart shoppers are realizing that purchasing salvage or distressed groceries might be a great idea. Salvage grocery retailers, also known as scratch and dent can stores, are enjoying huge profits selling excess and distressed packaged food items.

When food is deemed salvage some of those reasons have nothing to do with an items freshness or expiration date. Items designated as salvage can earn the title thanks to distressed packaging, wrong packaging or due to an item that is no longer being distributed.

Salvage stores retailers can buy distressed food by the truckload and turn right around and resell it to you and me at a fraction of its original retail price. Who would not jump at the chance of buying name brand food below retail pricing?

Salvage food stores will also offer products that are “near dated” or close to expiration, but does that really pose a safety risk? If an item is within two weeks of its “born on date” or expiration dating does that mean the quality or taste is any different? Experts agree that products can and will live on past their freshness dating and a little common sense is all that is needed when shopping at a salvage grocery store. Obviously, products like potato chips and cereal will become stale, but what about items like cake mixes or can goods?

Food quality will become compromised over time and much has to do with the storage of that item as far as temperature. Obviously, can goods stored at a higher temperature will have a shorter shelf life.

Shopping at a salvage food store is no longer a well-kept secret; many people are choosing to save money supplementing their food purchases shopping at these stores!