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Dented-Can Groceries

by Kayla K on June 22, 2010


Earlier this month I casually entered The Non-Consumer Advocate Food Stamp Challenge.  Katy has challenged her readers to keep their grocery budget to $101/person to mimic food assistance allowances in her home state of Oregon.

One of my favorite ways to save on groceries is shopping at a dented-can store near my parent’s home.  I took a picture of all of the groceries purchased for only $20.25.  This includes spaghetti sauce, canned beans, seasonings, and dry beans.  I am especially excited for Starbucks coffee purchased for $2.25 (Which is normally $7) with a coupon on each for a free tall cup of brewed coffee.  I bought packages of mini-candy bars to put in care packages for Spencer for $1.50 each.

I enjoy fresh produce but dented can stores are a great way to stock up on dry goods like rice, pasta, coffee, and personal products like toothpaste, deodorant, and soap.  I can “splurge” on the convenience of canned beans for just $.25 for a can.

I would have bought many, many more groceries if I were shopping for Spencer.  Cereal and granola bars were $1 or $2 per box and there was an excellent selection of bottled juice, juice pouches, snacks, and other items I usually hesitate about purchasing.

Most Extension services warn against eating food from dented cans as botulism can be introduced.  You will notice that although purchased from a “dent” store, the cans I purchase are all in good shape.  I check expiration dates on most of the food.  I am lenient with cereal, pasta, and oatmeal.  I do not purchase out-of-date canned tuna, canned vegetables, or salad dressings.

I have been very pleased with my experience shopping at dented-can stores and encourage you to give it a try.

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1 robin June 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I heard that dented cans could be bad to eat, when I was going through chemo from being diagnosed with a.m.l. (acute myloid leukemia) some thing about the lining in dented cans could cause the food to be bad ??

2 robin June 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm

sorry I should had read your complete article I feel like a complete idiot please forgive me after I posted then I went and finished reading it is good prices on the bags of food and other items I am glad to see you dont buy cans that are dented.

3 Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog June 22, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I didn’t even know such stores existed!

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