Thursday, March 06, 2008

Banana box groceries

There's not a clean glass left in my house.

While I'm sudsing, you might enjoy reading this WSJ article about banana box groceries, also known as salvage food stores. My archives also discuss shopping this unusual resource.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

So you are going to pick up where you left off without any explanation of what happened?

Meredith said...

Yes I am.

I do not owe readers anything except appreciation. I blog without obligation and will continue to do so until I no longer feel like doing it.

That day may come sooner than I thought. Until then, I'll continue to pop on and share our frugal-related news when I can.

Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Surely you will put those dishes in the dishwasher, both to save yourself the labor of washing them by hand (since you have been ill so long you are probably still not up to par) and to assure that they are sterilized (since you have been ill so long). I do hope you are feeling better. Your posts have been missed!

Deborah Wright said...

Meredith -

You are EXACTLY right. You owe us nothing. While I selfishly hope you continue blogging for a long time to come, I completely understand that you have a life, a family and that your sharing with us via your blog is a gift. I appreciate you and the gift of your blog. Logging in and seeing a new post is like a little present - but certainly not an "expected" one. Thank you for sharing with us! Many blessings to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

Hi Meredith, so good to see you back online. And no, you don't owe your readers anything, but I think that most of us enjoy your blog and we worry when we don't see you post. I hope and pray that everything is ok with you and your family.

Hugs,
Kathy

Anonymous said...

Meredith, I certainly understand your not wanting to share anything too personal with strangers, but most of us feel like we know you on some level and I guess want some assurance that you are well. I sincerely hope so.

Rachel said...

I'm glad to see you back Meredith. Sorry things were rough there for a while. I like daffodils, but I like seeing new posts from you even more ;-)

Hope you feel better, and look forward to reading more blogging from you.

Rachel

CR in Georgia said...

Who is this mean-spirited "anonymous" person? I, for one, wish s/he would pack up and LEAVE. Like momma always said......IF YOU CAN'T SAY SOMETING NICE, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL!!! Meredith, you are great! Bless you for blessing all of us with your thoughts each day.....

CR in Georgia

Anonymous said...

Hope you and your family are feeling better! I battled the flu/bronchitis and it was rough!

A question about these lower-priced food stores: Any suggestions on how I can find if any are in my area?

Toni_KY

Anonymous said...

Meredith,
I, too, am glad you are back!! I hope everything is well with you and the family...
Elise

Anonymous said...

I missed you! Yours is the first site I visit whenever I log onto my computer. I hope you are well. Of all the bloggers I read, you are about the classiest. Your eye for beauty has inspired me. All the best.

Elizabeth said...

Yes, I also missed your updates, was hoping you were OK. At the same time, I love the "blogging without obligation" concept because I have gone through periods of time recently where I didn't blog for weeks... but since very few people read my blog, it wasn't an issue for me.

Do what's best for you & your family, and I'm sure you'll have readers when and however you chose to blog. :)

TJ said...

I do wish there was a food salvage in our area! The closest I get is the damaged shelf or bin at our grocery and sometimes the prices are too high there! I recently found canned tomatoes at Grocery Outlet for 25 cents a can, and bought two cases. Those same cans at the other grocery, even dented would have been at least 40 cents.

You are right to only blog when you want. Like others though I was a bit worried, at least the post on Sunday let us know you were still alive. Maybe a taking a break sign next time? Then us worry-worts would feel better. Thank you for all you do here! I thoroughly enjoy your posts.

Anonymous said...

Just at the time we could really use a discount place, there are none. Used to have a Grocery Outlet that was great. Also, I used to buy lots of dairy stuff at EarthFare for practically pennies as it approached it's "expiration date" but, sadly, they now throw it all in the dumpster. So, my way of saving is to buy nothing boxed except oatmeal and no frills either.
Glad you're back Meredith. U-R-A blessing!
Vicky

Melissa said...

Welcome back Meredith and thanks for the new topic! I can't seem to find a salvage store in our area, but Dollar Tree sometimes has great buys on food items. I also found that our local grocery chain had some boxed food products for half the price of others stores, which was a great deal. If you don't have an area salvage store or bakery, just keep your eyes out for great deals. They are out there, you just need to know when you see one!!

Melissa said...

BTW did anyone see the segment on Oprah a couple weeks ago about "freegans"? I'm ready to go dumpster diving for some of the deals they found!

laurel said...

I started shopping at the Discount food store in our area back in August...I started shopping there when I started an experiment to completely stop shopping in chain/corporate/big box stores for two months. I blogged about my experience, and more than 7 months later, still rarely step foot in any store that is not locally owned. The surprising thing? My grocery bill was cut in half, from $400 a month, to $200...this includes diapers for two children, all toiletries and household items. Anything you can buy at Wal.Mart really. I have also really cut down on processed foods. Anyway, I *heart* discount foods! :)

Kelly said...

I am sure the majority of readers have care and concern in their hearts for you and your family . We are appreciative of your Blog and are happy that you and your family are well again.

Anonymous said...

Meredith, you are a sweetheart to not just block that mean spirited person. You owe us nothing, if anything it is us who owes you. You give of your heart with your blog, sharing your eye for beauty in the mundane things around us. I have come to enjoy seeing your son and daughter doing the sweet things children do. Thanks so much. If you do not want to blog any more, I understand; I will miss it so very much though. I do understand that you have to do the best thing for your family and your self.
I hope that you are feeling better. Take care of yourself. May God Bless. Roxie

Anonymous said...

Oh, Meredith, you're back. I'm so happy! We will take whatever you have to give us and be very thankful for it too!

I missed you so much though.

Heather

Nikki said...

The 'banana box' store here is an over-priced joke : (
However when I visit my IL's I always make sure to stop at BB's Grocery Outlet in Newburg Pa. It's so much fun! I stock up on various gourmet tomato sauces for around.75 a jar and cans of chickpeas priced at 3/$1. It's a great store thats owned and ran by the Amish.


Meredith-I'm glad you are back and that your family is well. God Bless!

Anonymous said...

I am so thrilled to see your posts again. How I have missed your beautiful pictures. Your blog so lightens up my day. But I must admit, it is the pictures of your dear children that really touchs me. I have none of my own and so enjoy yours. You have made this world a better place and if there is a regret, it is that I have never met you or your family. but still feel I know you better because of your blog. I can't thank you enough for sharing your life with us.

Judy

Anonymous said...

So glad to see you back! I am a daily luker, and I have missed you. I love your topics, writing style, and you are an inspiration to me. You make me want to work harder for my family - thank you!

Stephanie

Gini (Hallquist) Young said...

Yeah. When I do the $6 box sale every other Saturday morning at 9am, we also use banana boxes! I love it! I can hardly wait for the next one. You can't beat a sale where in you can buy any and everything you can fit in that box for only $6. I used to get diapers before potty training AND than tons of groceries! You can't buy a pack of diapers alone for less than $6. So It's well worth the trouble of the crowd and the unusual toting of the box.

Margo said...

Meredith -
So refreshing to see a person stick firmly and nicely to her boundaries :)
I'm adding my voice that you DO blog for a long time!
I shop regularly at a discount store that has some salvage, but sadly, they are raising their prices. Half-gallons of name-brand orange juice used to be .99, but as of last month are $1.50. sighhhh

Margo said...

HEY!!! I just now went to the WSJ link and read the article: THAT'S MY STORE!! In my previous comment, the store I was referring to was an Amelia's store! Feels like a small world to me now :)
Amelia's seems to have some inventory that I can count on, but also some random bargains. I buy yogurt when it's 4/$1 and bottled (shelf-stable) juice for .99 for 64 oz. of 100% juice. Can also get free and clear laundry detergent for $3 for the standard size (compared to almost $7 at my grocery store). I've bought boxes of Grape-Nuts for $2 a box and organic mac n cheese for .50/box.

I'm very blessed to have a store like this so close to me!

Cyndi Lewis said...

Meredith,
Like other readers, I was worried. I'm glad to know that things must be even slightly better or you wouldn't have posted. You should definitley put you and yours first before any blogging. I do admit to being curious as to what happened but I realize that you do not owe us anything. God Bless You & Keep You!

Renee said...

Glad to see that you are ok. Not blogging is great! It shows you have a real life like the rest of us.

I understand, and I have not posted any new posts on my blog as well. Taking a breather is what is needed as things have been hectic here.

My four kids have battled super high fevers, sore throats, bad moods, and couch plopping. I am wiped out and don't feel like blogging lately.

Have a nice weekend :)
Renee

rural momma said...

((((((((Meredith))))))) I'm glad to see you back!! :0) I have no idea what happened, but I want you to know that your blog inspires me. :0) I love that share little glimpses into the beauty that you make and how you do it for a good price!! ;0)

On another note, I love the Discount Food Store!! I go there once a week and it definatly has saved us money. I wrote about it last Frugal Friday on my blog.

Andrea said...

Hey Meredith -

Glad to see you back! I think anonymous up there is the same person who was causing trouble over at Mrs. Wilt's blog and Sallie's blog when they took a bloggy break. I know that folks feel like they 'know' you on a level, but really, a blog is nothing more than an online journal, without quite so many personal thoughts. You owe us nothing, and vice versa. Yes, I worry about the safety/health of some of my favorite bloggers if they disappear, but I understand that they've got homes, families, and stuff going on in their lives just like I do. I always wish that person well and pray for their well-being.

As far as banana box stores, we don't have 'em here in Wisconsin. :( You can hit up Dollar Tree for deals, but that is about it. I stick to Aldi and couponing for my deals.

And I can't believe you have such pretty depression glass!! Mine is never used - I keep it locked up in the secretary for show. My grandma had a huge collection, and it is all, besides happy memories, that I have left of her, so I cherish it.

Perhaps you could blog about using nice dishes and such with two littles - my son is only 7 months old and LOVES to bang anything and everything. I have a feeling I'll have to switch to Tupperware dishes when he gets older!

Many happy returns, my dear!

gracemercyandpeace said...

you were surely missed Meredith! Blessings to you and your family,

deb meyers

Jenni said...

Thanks for sharing the blog regarding salvage stores. I had never thought to see what is around my neighborhood. Turns out there is a Grocery Outlet nearby! I can't wait to take a peek inside. My family just got over the high-fever, respiratory flu that has hit these parts with a vengance. Glad your family is doing better!
God bless!

Jennifer in OR