A lot of people may not realize that your grocery store may offer many free products that they don’t know about!
Over the years, I have learned of many free items and services my stores offer. Here is a list of 10 Little Known Free Grocery Store Services!
10 Little Known FREE Grocery Store Services
Different stores in nearby areas offer a diverse list of free things like:
- Free Food
- Free Birthday Stuff
- Free Home Goods
- Free Household Items
Does your store have a Dietitian on staff? Many do, and they can:
- help you plan out meals in an easy way
- teach you a good deal about food allergies
- help you learn a better way to read labels
- help teach kids about nutrition.
If you want to learn more about nutrition, a dietitian is a great place to start. They have taught me some of the best ways to manage my diet.
Check with your store and see if there is a Dietitian on staff and what services they offer.
2. Slice Meat
When my kids were young, I used to grab a cheap canned ham off the shelf and take it to the meat department and let the butcher cut it in thin sandwich slices. I would separate it into 1 lb bags and freeze the excess!
It was cheaper than the deli or the pre-packaged meats and sliced thinner and lasted longer! This was always a great way to save money. I’ve always had a great experience doing this.
3. Tenderize Meat
The Butcher can also tenderize your meat for you. Get to know your butcher and what they can do for you to make your life a little easier and dinner a bit faster.
4. Grind Meat
Again with the Butcher: If you prefer to choose your own beef and have them grind it for you, they will do that instead of buying pre-packaged hamburger meat. Plus, you know it’s always good quality meat.
5. Recipes & Cooking Tips
The Butcher can also tell you how to cook specific meats and even offer recipe suggestions. I’ve learned some of my favorite ways to cook meat this way.
6. Trim Meat
Chalk up another one for the Butcher – I told you they are your friend! The butcher can trim your cut of meat for you.
7. Cut Up A Chicken
The Butcher seems to be winning here – they can cut up a whole chicken for you.
8. Slice Breads
The deli or bakery area of your store will slice whole loaves of bread.
9. Slice Cheeses
The deli will slice cheeses for you, too! Your cheeses will be in perfect condition every time.
10. Pharmaceutical Advice
The Pharmacist is a great resource, too. They have been specially trained regarding prescriptions and over-the-counter meds and can tell you what to use when to use, them and how they interact even with your vitamins.
Many a night, I called the 24-hour Pharmacist when I had a sick child, and they were able to help me determine if I needed a Dr. or what I could use until morning when the Dr. would be available. This is an awesome free resource!
For bonus tips, you can make an account with your local grocery store. All you need to do to set up your new account is your phone number and personal information. Most stores have some good freebies every week. Plus, a great app from your local store will save you tons.
Most stores will give wooden shipping pallets of various sizes once they are done with them, if you ask. I prefer large sizes for my plants.
Speaking of free stuff:
There are many social media accounts and local groups all talking about freebies and this would be an excellent condition to find information about free things at your store.
You should also check out sites like the freecycle.org group: Entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their own Towns.
Sites like these are better than any yard sales, and garage sales, most of the items are in good condition and only have minor dings. Many items are better than the free stuff Craigslist has to offer.
Most of the time, these things aren’t advertised, and that’s why you don’t know about them. So, remember these the next time you head out to your store. We can use all the help we can get to make our lives a little easier and save us time.
With that extra free time – choose some free fun, there are plenty of great activities you can try. You can take the kids to the park and use the picnic areas for some lunch or dinner and fun outdoors together.
You can even set up scavenger hunts, take a short walk down a few local nature trails they might even have a walking tour. Some local parks even have outdoor concerts and live music. There’s free stuff all around you, just think outside the box.
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