Monday, October 29, 2012
31 Days:: Shop the Clearance Rack
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I've always shopped the clearance rack for clothing, but only in the last few years did I realize that there are clearance racks for food as well!
The "clearance racks" at the grocery store are usually department-specific, so look for one in the meat department, produce, bakery, and general grocery. Some stores have specific days or time of day that they load up the reduced-for-quick-sale racks. Ask the department manager or employees what days are best for shopping the clearance rack in their department.
Meat is generally marked down when it nears its "sell by" dates. It needs to be used or frozen TODAY, or maybe tomorrow. Keep that in mind when purchasing the marked-down meat.
Produce is put on the "reduced for quick sale" rack when it's starting to look a little questionable...although there are times when I can't really figure out why the fruit/veggie was put on the rack. Again, use it or freeze it ASAP and you won't even know you got it on the reduced rack.
Reduced bakery items are probably getting a little stale, although there have been times when I've scored some perfectly good cakes or breads. Bagels or anything else that can be toasted are things to snatch up, and french bread that's getting a little hard is perfect for garlic bread or baked french toast.
Grocery items are sometimes put on the rack because they are nearing their sell-by date, but more often they are items that are discontinued or overstocked. This rack is not always setting out, but when it is, I make sure to check it out. I've picked up a wide variety of items this way, from pasta and canned goods to cereal and paper products.
Picking up items on the reduced-for-quick-sale racks is a great way to save money in the kitchen!*
*Disclaimer: I'm not encouraging you to buy anything that's spoiled, rotten, or otherwise expired. Check the date, do the sniff test, etc. to make sure that you're not buying something that's dangerous to your family's health.
Do you shop the reduced racks at your store? What have you found on those racks?
Looking for more ways to Save Money in the Kitchen? Check out the rest of the series, here.