Grocery Clearance & Outlet Stores

There are lots of methods and tips for saving money on groceries out there, but one that isn’t mentioned quite as frequently is shopping at grocery outlets. I have fond memories of stocking up on food for school lunches at outlet stores as a child, and I still enjoy it today! There is something about getting an amazing deal on food that thrills me!
Here is a round-up of the outlet stores in and around Davis County.
Please let us know if you know of any others to add to our list!

Dollar Tree (Clinton, Syracuse, Layton, Centerville, Bountiful)
I know, it sounds weird–buy groceries at the dollar store? But if you look around for a while, you’ll notice that in the midst of chips, peanuts, and Sour Punch Straws, there are actually some pretty good items. Dollar Tree has a selection of frozen fruit and vegetables–a bag of frozen blueberries, mangoes, or bell peppers will cost you far more than a dollar at a regular grocery store! They also have all-natural frozen potstickers that make a fantastic lunch! A dollar is a great deal for a quart of chicken broth, and this past trip I noticed they carried quarts of Gossner shelf-stable milk. This makes a great food-storage item! My kids hate the taste of powdered milk, but this tastes much better. None of the food I checked was past the expiration date (or even close to it), and the selection stays pretty consistent throughout the year. So next time you head to Dollar Tree to pick up party favors or Easter eggs, you might consider stocking up on some grocery items as well!

Big Lots (Layton)

The nice (and unique) thing about Big Lots is that they have a really big selection of natural and more nutritious foods. They have a huge section of Bob’s Red Mill items–a 3+ lb bag of Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats is just over $5! They also have a huge variety of veggie chips for $1.90/bag, BeechNut pouches of baby food for 50 cents, 4-packs of fruit cups for $1.00, organic Envirokidz cereal for $1.25/box, and much more! Goldfish were just $3 for a package of 3 bags, and there are also inexpensive pantry staples such as peanut butter. Big Lots also sometimes has a clearance section where food is reduced even more. Like Dollar Tree, the food I checked was not past the expiration date and their selection stays fairly consistent.

Franz Bakery Outlet (Layton)

This outlet store took over when the Wonder Bread/Hostess outlet closed. They have a large supply of bread starting at $1/loaf. They also carry English Muffins, tortillas, bagels, pastries, and other bread items. There are a few additional items, such as chips and locally-made jellies, but bread is definitely their focus. They also have a rack of items from which you can choose things for free if you spend a certain amount of money. Remember, bread freezes really well, so you can buy a bunch to stick in the freezer.

BDO Outlet (Ogden)

BDO Outlet is such a fun store! They carry a LOT more than food–like diapers, clothing, shoes, purses, and even big-ticket items like basketball hoops, canoes, trampolines, and picnic tables, all at reduced prices! But they also have a good-sized selection of groceries. We love the Mom’s Best cereals, so I was happy to stock up on some big bags for $2.39 (normally $3.99 at Smith’s). They also had a variety of other foods like cheese, yogurt, pasta sauce, peanut butter (and cashew butter–yum!), dressing, bread, and candy. BDO Outlet is also an official Lofthouse Cookie outlet, so they always have a big stock of Lofthouse Cookies from 99 cents up to $1.50/box. BDO’s stock is not consistent (except Lofthouse Cookies), so you can go just to browse, or sign up for their e-mail list and get alerts when they have new items or sales.

(Heads up, this week their biggest sale of the year is going on and all shoes and clothing are 50% off, cereal is buy 2 get 1 free, Hershey’s chocolate hazelnut spread is 99 cents, Huggies diapers and pull-ups are 25% off the reduced price, and more!)

Carlo’s Produce Outlet (Ogden)

Cheap produce is probably what makes me most excited when buying groceries! When I drove past this place a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to check it out. And I’m so glad I did! Where else in Utah can you buy avocados and red bell peppers for 50 cents in the middle of the winter? I was also thrilled to buy a case of strawberries for 9 dollars. We love freezing strawberries for smoothies! I’m sure I’ll be visiting this store again because we freeze and can so much produce, and we love enjoying meals with lots of fresh veggies even in the middle of the winter without breaking the bank!

Smith’s (Syracuse, Layton, Farmington, Bountiful)

While Smith’s isn’t specifically a clearance grocery store, I felt this post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention their Manager’s Specials! Just about every time I go to Smith’s I get some amazing deals by keeping my eyes peeled for their bright-yellow price stickers. Our local store has Manager’s Special sections for produce, bakery items, meat, dairy foods, and non-perishable items, and sometimes there will also be random items on the shelves at a reduced price. If you train your eye to notice them, you can save a lot of money! I think my best find, recently, was a big box of Huggies pull-ups marked down to 5 dollars!

Do you have any other stores you frequent for fantastic deals on groceries?

5 Responses to “Grocery Clearance & Outlet Stores

  • Lindsay
    6 years ago

    I know there is an NPS in Salt Lake. Do you know of one in Davis or Weber counties?

    • Davis County Mom
      6 years ago

      How fun! I hadn’t heard about this one! It doesn’t look like there is one in Davis or Weber counties, but I’ll have to check it out sometime and maybe add it to our list. Thanks!

  • I find clearance items at Target every now and then as well. But Smith’s is my favorite.

  • Jocilyn
    6 years ago

    Clem’s in North Salt Lake. It’s just up Redwood Rd from me. I haven’t checked it out yet, but I know some people in my neighborhood have found some really great deals there.

  • Matt Knudson
    2 years ago

    Update the list. Carl’s Super saver on Harrison Blvd in Ogden is another great place for discount groceries and clearance/outdated stuff. September 2018.