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  • #8633

    Bobkitty
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    Well, troll, I can see why you’re “Anonymous.” What the hell is this: “Bobkitty, it’s always interesting when one likes to speak with authority, even when they also show little real world knowledge on it.” ?? LOL

    What kind of ‘knowledge’ pray, am I supposed to have in order to post here that I don’t have already? I can speak, read and write 8 languages so far; how many do you know? I grew up in South America and finished school in Europe – with special attention to cooking when I was in Switzerland, training I had minimal interest in when young but was forced to take.:) It served me well in later years.  I taught school on the reservation for over 20 years, and spent a chunk of that time on an old homestead with no mod-cons. There’s not much I do not know about the topic we’re on.

    To the mods, owners, or whoever’s supposed to be moderating these trolls:
    Maybe this forum would keep a little more of its traffic, and gain some more, if you’d get around to that? Members here shouldn’t have to take time out to defend themselves against this kind of crap when they’re merely trying to talk about things no more controversial than groceries. The first thing you all might do is to disallow ‘anonymous’ posters that contribute nothing useful.

    I nearly didn’t bother to come back when I saw this ridiculous post earlier, and notice you all hadn’t dealt with it, but for the forum’s sake, I thought it worth a response – once.

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    #8640

    Molly Malone
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    @namelus i did not know there is a naval base in the vicinity of NYC, must be in New Jersey. I am not aware of a damaged freight disposal company around me, or a warehouse district where people can find bargains on food, but i will check. Thank you!

    #8641

    Molly Malone
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    @bobkitty @namelus I am sure I could do better food shopping in this town if I spoke either Chinese or Russian or Arabic or Hindi… alas not likely to happen… But the merchants still do business with me even if perhaps i dont get the exact same bargain as someone from the neighborhood. Still cheap. Shopping in large Chinese supermarkets is really interesting and fun. I remember a story one immigrant told me of buying a can with a picture of a pie on the can. He opened it expecting to find pie or some other pastry. But it was a can of Crisco!

    #8974

    Amy Dixon
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    Molly Malone – I think Namelus has the right idea.  It sounds to me as though the local grocery stores in your area sell their inventory on to salvage or outlet grocers as it approaches its best buy or expiration date(s).  I checked on extremebargains.net just now and didn’t see any such grocers listed there for NYC but that list is not complete, and I expect there are some in your general area – although maybe not right in NYC itself due to the high cost of real estate there and what that would do to the merchant’s overhead.  Such stores rarely have to advertise because they generally get a lot of “word-of-mouth” customers.  So, the best way to find some might be to a) check the local phone directory, b) ask other shoppers if they know of any “salvage” or “outlet’ or “discount” or “Dent and Bent” grocery stores, or c) contact the Chamber of Commerce and/or Better Business Bureau and ask them the same thing.  Calling or visiting (if it’s safe for a lady to do so) the Harbor or Port Authority office would be a good idea too since, from what I have heard, many salvage/outlet/dent and bent grocery stores buy a lot of their inventory at auctions of damaged goods that are held at or near ports of entry.  If you can find out who holds those auctions, you may be able to contact the auctioneer(s) to learn the names of the grocers who buy inventory there.  I know it sounds like a lot of work but I think that the savings you’d get (particularly on canned good and pantry staples) would be worth the effort.  I shop at salvage/outlet/dent and bent grocery stores every month and, literally, save 50-75% on the cost of what those same groceries would cost me at my typical local supermarket.  It’s been a real blessing for me since I don’t have a pension to supplement my Social Security retirement benefits.

    #8986

    woodsrunner
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    Molly- your story about the immigrant who expected a pie in a can of Crisco made me laugh.  I think we all ought to laugh a little more.

    #8994

    Molly Malone
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    @Amy Dixon, thank you for providing these detailed ideas. I never thought of the grocery stores selling their stock to other outlets when the stock is approaching best by date. I will look into outlet stores. I think it’s great that you are saving at least 50% on groceries, that’s brilliant. I wouldnt feel comfortable going to the ports here for auctions, they are in new jersey and staten island and besides being in desolate and industrial areas, i’d need a car.

    #8995

    Molly Malone
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    @woodsrunner, yes i thought the story of the crisco can was pretty funny. It made me take more notice of the pictures on boxes and cans in stores.

    #9007

    Whirlibird
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    Big Lots is one of the “salvage” stores, selling stuff that will go out of date soon as well as overstock items.

    #9067

    Amy Dixon
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    Molly Malone – You’re welcome!  I know what you mean about not feeling comfortable going down to the ports – and it’s possible you wouldn’t be allowed to attend the auctions anyway.  However, you might consider making a phone call to the Port Authority just to ask if they know the names of auction houses that deal in salvage groceries, and then making a phone call or two to the auction houses to see if they could tell you the names of the companies that buy such items at their auctions.  They might not want to reveal the names but it’s possible they might be willing to at least give you some info that could help you locate some salvage/outlet grocers in your general area.

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