(Grand total, $8 even)
1. Check the "expiration" dates! Some items will just by chance be older than the others. Buy the freshest you can get for your $. It's worth it to have it not taste stale or go moldy the day after you buy it.
2. Don't buy whole wheat bread from the super cheap table if you can help it. Yes, it's super cheap, but if you're buying whole wheat varieties, they REALLY ARE almost too stale too eat. Donuts, tortillas, etc. may be ok. It's sort of by trial and error! I typically don't buy from this table, but I'll take it if it's free!
3. Stock up while you're there! Immediately freeze what you won't eat in the next 3 or 4 days. Bread freezes beautifully.
4. Ask what else sells well. It's probably a good buy for the money! Today I was told syrup, which we actually really needed. I picked some up, and we'll try it out!
5. Ask if they have a punch card. My store punches for every dollar you spend. At $30, you get to pick a free baked good and a free bread item from the super cheap table.
6. Ask if there is a day where they run a special promotion. My location has a "double punch" day On double punch days you only have to spend $15 to pick up some free items. Go early on double punch days because the store is always more picked over!
7. Ask if they run coupons. If they do, ask what publication and how frequently. I see them occasionally in mailers!
8. Check for any free samples by the register. There is almost always something there.
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