A few months ago the local Amish community opened their own discount store. This has become our favorite place to browse on a free Saturday. Since its not close by we tie it in with a trip to Kalamazoo and add in the Amish bakery stop for cookies on the way home. You never know what you are going to find!
The building is in a converted feed mill outside of Bloomingdale.
Three rows are the bent, dented, outdated, and discount items. The upside is you never find the same things twice, the downside is if you find a product you really like you might not see it there again for a while. We dig thru the crackers, rice, cereal, and snacks to help supplement our monthly groceries. The prices are about what I would pay at Meijer with a coupon on a good day for the items. The savings comes when I can buy as many as I need, not limited by a coupon amount.
One of our best deals was when we bought 25 boxes of Nabisco crackers at $.99 a box. We spread the deal around with my parents, my brother and kept some for ourselves. Wheat Thins, Trisquits, Chicken in a Basket and Wheatables that had just gone out of date a week prior. I have things that are most likely a week out of date in my pantry all the time. Sealed up they are still delicious!
The rice and Mac-n-Cheese are all $.49 a box. Chips are $1 but we take our time to make sure the bag we pick isnt full of crushed chips. Dog food was $3.99 and the dog treats were 2/$1.
They have opened a new freezer section in the back with free beef, pork and chicken. The prices seem reasonable for hormone free meat. We were running tight on time so I plan to explore it more on a later visit. They offer cheese, butter, cider and eggs at very reasonable prices. The cider was fresh pressed and $3.50.
Several more aisles hold bulk foods. Sugar, Flour, mixes. Monster Trail mix is $2.88 a pound. I know I pay $.99 for 2 ounces in the quick stop if I want a quick snack. We buy all of our nuts and dry goods there.
My daughters favorite is the 4/$1 boxes of candy and gum. She will dig for a while to find her favorite gum.
This was our last shopping trip, the grand total was $37.14