I have posted before about my Amazing Real Food deals at Grocery Outlet but I thought I would share some photos of what I recently purchased at my local Grocery Outlet store.  I got a HUGE amount of food for storing in the freezer and pantry for all under $80.  That may seem like a lot, but I think it’s great considering how far all of these things will stretch.  I hope you’ll indulge me as I share my finds:

I have never seen these anywhere! I bought 3 packages! NO SUGAR!

I have never seen these anywhere! I bought 3 packages! NO SUGAR!

There was a wide assortment of Yogi Herbal teas for $1.99; these are normally close to $5!

There was a wide assortment of Yogi Herbal teas for $1.99; these are normally close to $5!

I use tea tree oil in homemade beauty products and cleaning products, and these two bottles cost less than the normal cost of one!

I use tea tree oil in homemade beauty products and cleaning products, and these two bottles cost less than the normal cost of one!

I always stock up on Epsom Salt whenever I see a good price because this is a great, inexpensive way to pamper yourself with a detox bath.

I always stock up on Epsom Salt whenever I see a good price because this is a great, inexpensive way to pamper yourself with a detox bath.

I was so excited to find Organic Vegetable Starts for $1.50 per 6!  Mustard Greens, Lettuces, and Broccoli starts for my winter garden!

I was so excited to find Organic Vegetable Starts for $1.50 per 6! Mustard Greens, Lettuces, and Broccoli starts for my winter garden!

Organic Tomato Paste: $.50 each. I stocked up and got a whole case; this is a staple in our home for sauces and lacto-fermented ketchup.

Organic Tomato Paste: $.50 each. I stocked up and got a whole case; this is a staple in our home for sauces and lacto-fermented ketchup.

This was the FIND OF THE DAY!!!  Uncured bacon for $1.99!  Granted, it's not organic and I do shudder to think how it's raised.  Sorry folks, I brake for uncure bacon deals!

This was the FIND OF THE DAY!!! Uncured bacon for $1.99! Granted, it's not organic and I do shudder to think how it's raised. Sorry folks, I brake for uncure bacon deals!

This cold-pressed olive oil has the looks of being decent, although one never knows.  It is in a dark glass bottle, which is promising. The price was good, too, around $4.

This cold-pressed olive oil has the looks of being decent, although one never knows. It is in a dark glass bottle, which is promising. The price was good, too, around $4.

These are my favorite deals; the "bargain produce shelf". I purchaed bags and bags of fresh tricolor peppers (in good shape) for $0.99 per bag (there were 3-4 peppers per bag).  I choped them and froze them in baggies for use in sauces, soups, and stir-fries.

These are my favorite deals; the "bargain produce shelf". I purchaed bags and bags of fresh tricolor peppers (in good shape) for $0.99 per bag (there were 3-4 peppers per bag). I choped them and froze them in baggies for use in sauces, soups, and stir-fries.

I think the happy dance I did in the aisle when I saw the uncured bacon drew some stares, and I couldn’t stop talking about the cacao chips.  It was a good day. My daughter could sense it, and she asked if she could have a pack of glittery pencils in the impulse buy section of the checkout line. I think it’s really cute when your kid passes up the candy and sets her eyes soley on pencils.  A proud moment and a wonderful shopping experience :)

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7 Responses to “Real Food for Less at Grocery Outlet!”

  1. Jen Identicon Icon Jen says:

    What awesome deals!! I’m sooooo jealous of the plants and those peppers. I wish there was a Grocery Outlet near me. :(

  2. Leigh Identicon Icon Leigh says:

    I absolutely love Grocery Outlet. I was so sad when the closest one closed their doors. I do have access to one when I go to my weaver’s guild meetings, so I always try to allow time to stop by and shop.

  3. Olivia Identicon Icon Olivia says:

    You’ve just reminded me of an interesting discussion about cured foods and nitrates/nitrites on Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s site awhile back (post here): they concluded that 1) there are still nitrates in most “natural, uncured” bacon and hot dogs, they’re just disguised by coming from celery or another natural source 2) nitrates and nitrites aren’t actually dangerous in the quantities we get from food (there’s a very in depth investigation of the dangers and history at Junkfood Science

  4. carrie Identicon Icon carrie says:

    Olivia,

    Thanks for the interesting info! I’ve done a little research into the subject of nitrates and it does seem you’d have to consume an awful lot to be harmful, but since we’re all pretty much not optimally healthy, that amount could be different for everyone. I read somewhere that Vitamin C is important to take with foods containing nitrates/nitrites, and so even when we have our “uncured” bacon and hot dogs (which are still rare treats) I always make sure they eat them with sauerkraut, broccoli, or an orange to get some good vitamin C!

    Thanks for the comment!

  5. We don’t have a Grocery Outlet near here, but once a month I travel to an area where there several outlet/discount grocery stores. I love the fun of the hunt – it’s unpredictable what they’ll have, but I love getting wonderful quality food at amazing prices. (I always find it ironic that the things that I get excited most people are walking right by. :( )

  6. Hey Carrie, I love your blog! I’ve actually stumbled on it before, I’m glad you left a comment on mine to let me know you’re local, I will be back more often now! I’ve actually never shopped at Grocery Outlet b/c I thought it would be all the typical nasty stuff, but I will be checking it out.

    I hope you tried the cranberry chutney and liked it!

    We do a lot of things very similarly, I was glad to read that my husband is not the only one who’d rather be eating Doritos while I’m cramming things like baked kale and apples under his nose :)

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