Clearance areas have that certain stigma to them…
Old, unwanted items. Expired goods and returned crap. Hopefully, all the pieces are in the box when you get home. With so many vast ways to go hunt the
With so many vast ways to go hunt the clearance section these days, this is not your grandma’s (or Walmart’s) clearance shopping.
Top 5 reasons to go Clearance Shopping
Clearance Shopping is Budget Friendly
In a day where you’re either a major spender or an extreme couponer, it is difficult to find a happy-go-lucky medium. That is why I love to help my grocery budget with shopping in the clearance aisle (with or without coupons).
Couponing is a skill and as with any skill, it is useless without having the tools for it in your purse. Coupons are difficult to find on every product you buy. Don’t get me wrong, they are widely available for name brand, popular products.
My family is trying to steer away from synthetic ingredients and such, I am finding less and less coupons available for the products we now use. I used to fill my stockpile room for free with coupon items easily and now it is more difficult, but finding great products in clearance has helped immensely.
You Tend to Find Organic and Natural Products in Clearance
I am not sure if they are just hoping we will all one day all see the way and eat healthy or we just haven’t met their weekly produce order or no one but a few of us hippies are buying organic.
Whatever it is, every store I go to seems to have an overabundance of good, healthy food. Fred Meyers and Grocery Outlet are 2 of my favorite clearance gold minds.
I can typically fill a basket of everyday necessities from organic whole milk to healthy snacks to free-range meats for 50% off of food we are actually excited to eat.
I Never Knew I Like Gouda
Since eating healthy, the different kinds of foods and tastes from them have got me hooked. I have no desire in the world to ever have a box of Kraft Mac & Cheese again, and I fully blame trying some new foods.
My palate yearns for more interesting ingredients these days and because of clearance, I don’t think twice about grabbing an interesting ingredient that is half off or more.
Buying From Clearance is Still Buying
Grocery Outlet, like I mentioned before, is just like any of the millions of small/medium/large businesses. Selling things for profit was most likely part of the master business plan, right after selling things other stores could (or would) not.
In many other stores, however, deducting a ‘loss’ from usable, donate-able items that are going straight into the dumpster has become an all too common business practice; while people are getting laid off from stores that are not producing expected profits.
It is a broken model that supports the corporation, and not the employees and it is not the lessons that we should be teaching our youth.
Food waste is the REAL Reason to Consider Clearance Buying
EPA loosely suggests 36 million tons of food or more go to landfills (and this was over 2 years ago). I know very few who compost at home and only 4% of that huge number was even attempted to be composted.
This last and final reason comes out with the complete frustration of my motive.
I like to buy clearance foods so they will not go into the dump. I wish I did not have this as a major deciding factor to clearance shop and this excess food could just be donated, but alas our country has made that an increasing difficult effort.
I wish we were an understanding society…
I wish we understood food safety (or were at least taught, slightly), expiration dates (or at least have a bit of standards) and some Samaritan efforts (giving is good).
But instead, we limit and hinder the very products that many in our population (many children) may go without every day.
I wish we understood the environmental consequences of food waste, like the ever rising levels of methane – a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
Or the economic effects of paying to grow, herbicide, process, package, transport, maintain just to pay to throw it away.
It really makes no sense.
Most of all I wish we all understood how easy it is to give just a little bit of effort.
And believe me, clearance shopping is easy!