I have been doing this for a while, being a poor college student. You have to go to H-E-B to do this. These grocery stores are mainly located in Texas. It's called the product freshness guarantee. If you find any product that is out of date in the store you will get the same product that is "fresh" or in-date free. All you do is go scavaging at your local HEB, (I promise there is alot of food expired if you look hard enough) dig to the back of sausages, juices etc... Meat is also very good to do this with. Take the out of date product, along with a fresh(in-date product) up to the front, and tell them that one's out of date. Then tell them (If they don't know) that according to the product freshness guarantee, you get the same exact item free. A manager will come over, type in a code, and you are out of the store with free stuff. There is no printed literature that they have a product freshness guarantee, but they do!! I've been doing this for two years and it's usually very easy to find alot of stuff.
However, do not bring more than $100.00 up in food at a time, they get very mad<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> The most I bring up is about $50.00, they still get frustrated, but you get free food. If they tell you no, then ask to talk to the store supervisor (they will rarely tell you no almost never).
Almost everything in the store expires deli cheeses, cheesecakes (small boars head), fajita meat, small two pack tenderloins, sausages, juices especially, pastries, it all game!!
You can only do this between the hours of 8am-11pm.
Good Luck<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>BUMP FOR FREE FOOD
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 12:14a
ficuso I like your style!!!
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 12:16a
Can i open some cookies and eat them while i'm looking? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0>
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 12:17a
Reminds me of something a German grocery chain did a few years ago: They paid you 5DM (about $3 at that time) per expired product you found. And we found A LOT <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> Too bad that there is no HEB here in Colorado, sounds great.
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 12:44a
No opening cookies, that would be stealing<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
FIND THE EXPIRED COOKIES!!!!
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 1:07a
hahahahahahaha too funny i wish there was an heb next to my house
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 1:52a
Or, you can go to HEB's gourmet food store chain, Central Market (only San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Fort Worth right now), and sample any of a variety of their food products -- freshly squeezed fruit juices, exotic produce, roasted meats, bulk foods, bakery items, deli meats, and imported cheeses. CM is a really bad place for me to stop to do shopping before dinner, because I end up sampling a bunch of different things and end up leaving the store no longer hungry.
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 1:57a
HEB's are only in Texas(Texas family owned company) and Mexico. They are also supossed to give you a product for free if it rings up for more than the actual price. And they were giving out $5 or $10 (I can't remember which) if the cashier doesn't say hello to you, but i'm not sure if they still do that. And I don't know if they do any of these at HEB Pantry or Central Markets, but it's worth a try. My roomates dad is a V.P. for HEB so I'll try to remember to ask him and post the answer here when I find out.
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 2:12a
H-E-B's... doesn't that mean Henry E. Butts if I am correct to their store history? I am a californian, but I have been in and out of Texas. I think they have different style stores. It's a really cool store especially those ones with the lychee, those rock! yum. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 4:38a
suppose u eat the expired food...
well anyway super kmart has the same policy. well not really, cuz its for if the price doesnt match the tag u get if free. once i thought i got a free bag a pistachios cuz it rang up $2.99 when the sign said onsale for $2.49. but turns out the tiny print at bottom says the sales date, late by 1 day, and they didnt remove the sign
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posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 4:40a
here's another "hot deal"
u can drink milk up to 7 days past the "sell by date" i've had gallon jugs of milk that were good 8 and 9 days after "sell by date" but u still gotta refridgerate them... real cold
No mo ho hos
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 6:15a
Good deal! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> Wish I had an HEB.
Price scan guarantees are great!! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> I think most of the stores in my area do that, and I often catch errors. Gotta watch them like a hawk! That "plastic or paper"? question by the boxboy is really an attempt to break your concentration while watching the prices scan. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-mad.gif"border=0> The best thing is when they have a little policies sign printed by the checkout counter (usually under the glass), because the store clerks often feign ignorance of the guarantee.
Rite Aid has/had a policy where they'd give you $5 if they forget to give you your receipt. I took advantage of that. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
If you're going to drink expired milk, do the "sniff test." <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-disgusted.gif"border=0>
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 1:46p
oh geez. i live in austin and can be all over this deal. I can't believe you get $50 worth of food sometimes.
So - ficuso - when you having the dinner party?
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 10:17p
<< here's another "hot deal" >>
heheheh...here's another hot deal....those Ramden soup packs are usually only 10-25 cents! Five bucks worth and you can eat for a week!
posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 11:28p
FOR ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE HEB SCAM, I THINK I WILL SCHEDULE A TRAINING SEMINAR.
RULES WHEN SCAMMING FREE FOOD:
1) ALWAYS DIG DEEP, THE BEST STUFF TAKES TIME TO FIND! I.E. THE SAUSAGE WILL MOST LIKELY NOT BE SITTING IN PLAIN SIGHT. IF IT WAS, A LAZY HEB EMPLOYEE MIGHT HAVE ATTEMPTED TO TAKE IT OFF THE SHELF. 2)NEVER LOOK THROUGH THE MEAT SECTION WHEN THE BUTCHERS ARE RESTOCKING THE MEAT! THEY HAVE BIG KNIVES AND THEY GET IN TROUBLE WHEN YOU TAKE THAT $30.00 EXPIRED BRISKET UP TO THE FRONT AND CLAIM YOUR BLOODY FRESH BRISKET. 3)NEVER EXCEPT NO AS AN ANSWER FROM THE MANAGMENT. SOMETIMES THE MANAGMENT DOESN'T EVEN KNOW THEIR OWN POLICIES. TELL THEM TO CALL ANOTHER STORE OR TALK TO THEIR DISTRICT MANAGER. 4)DO NOT SCAM ALL OF THE HEB'S IN AUSTIN, I WILL STARVE
I AM OPEN TO INTERACTIVE TRAINING SESSIONS FOR ALL THE DOUBTING PEOPLE OUT THERE!! IF IT IS NEEDED, I WILL COME!!!
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posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 11:48p
OMG, that is the funniest thing I have read all week. I am a starving student and here is my only trick. If you go to certain supermarkets (Albertsons for me) they have this section of their meat section where they throw all the old meat. The expiration will be today or tomorrow so expect to eat it for dinner or lunch at the latest. The meat is heavily discounted. Makes for a great steak or porkchop dinner for that special guest. They don't need to know the meat is old.
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posted: Sep. 25, 2001 @ 11:50p
Lol I love your cheapness!
posted: Sep. 26, 2001 @ 12:52a
Oh, no! You're in Austin? I'm going to be hitting up the one near campus pretty soon. Maybe we can start some grocery gangs and claim different areas.
posted: Sep. 26, 2001 @ 1:19a
The Hancock center HEB is very hard to scam. I think this is due to the fact that UT is real close and probably a handful of people hit that HEB. A better, more reliable HEB is the one on S. Congress. Skirt Steak, fajita meat, and deli cheese's are almost guaranteed!!!
posted: Sep. 26, 2001 @ 1:57a
No HEB by me...
After the manager agrees to give you the $50 in free food, tell him he owes you $5 for not saying "hello" before he rang it up!!! Boy I would love to see his face...
posted: Sep. 26, 2001 @ 3:16a
Also at the Hancock center they have the U-Scan machines now... If you wanted to scam those, not saying that you should. Personally, I'm a 1L and I believe that is against the Law Tip: But the whole counter is a scale. Only when an item is scanned can anything be placed on the counter. Also the scanner doubles as a camera, when scanning one item You can essentially place 2 items in a bag, but it must be done almost simultaneously Since items are scaned yourself, you can also essentially place items inside another. Or you can just eat Sushi in the store like I do. I DO NOT HOWEVER CONDONE ANY OF THIS!!
posted: Sep. 26, 2001 @ 5:43a
Hahaha....geez, reminds me of the good old days of digging through TS (today's special)...can't believe there are people like me <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
posted: Sep. 26, 2001 @ 9:43a
<< JackOfAlTrades: After the manager agrees to give you the $50 in free food, tell him he owes you $5 for not saying "hello" before he rang it up!!! Boy I would love to see his face... >>
LOL, JackOfAlTrades!!! Hahaha, thanks for the laugh. I would love to see someone do this! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
posted: Sep. 26, 2001 @ 11:46a
HAHAHA!!!! THIs is hilarious!!! haha~!~
Any other supermarkets that do this, I dont have a HEB?
posted: Sep. 26, 2001 @ 11:57a
The U-Scan (self-checkout) registers can be good if you want to load up on the "one per family" loss leaders that most of the stores have. Simply split your order up into several. The cashier almost will never bother you (you're not stealing anything, so why should they?)
posted: Sep. 27, 2001 @ 11:37p
Any chance you might die from some bacteria?
posted: Sep. 28, 2001 @ 11:26a
Death from bacteria will unlikely occur!!
When you find the expired product, you get a fresh product too. You take the expired and the fresh to the front. Look at it as a bartering system, you give them the expired product in exchange for the fresh product!
posted: Sep. 28, 2001 @ 11:58a
IMO it is a shame
posted: Sep. 28, 2001 @ 12:08p
Good luck on the U-Scan's ... each item has a weight associated with it. If you scan an item and the weight you put down on the "scale" does not mactch what is expected, the cashier is notified ("Please wait for cashier assistance" - they usually just ignore it, but it could be put to better use.
They could capture the image of the item you scanned, then if you pay by CC or use a loyalty card, they have all the info on you they need. They could even keep a record of people that get a lot of these errors. It's the chance you take.
Probably the most common way to cheat the system is to ring up expensive fruits and vegetables with a wrong, cheaper PLU (i.e. bananas).
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posted: Sep. 28, 2001 @ 1:54p
Just buy some meat, stick a dead rat in the package and i gurantee your whole cart of groceries will be free as long as you don't talk!!
posted: Sep. 28, 2001 @ 2:30p
This reminds me, of once I saw on TV when I was flipping through the chanells, it was either tom green, or JACKASS the show, and he went itno restaurants and put dog shite in the food when he ordered it, lol
posted: Sep. 28, 2001 @ 9:27p
as a former Austinite now living in Tennessee, I can't tell you how much I miss HEB. I do my shopping at Albertsons now - Albertsons! I lived about 2 miles from Central Market - that and Hancock Center were my 2 stores.
That being said, this is wrong. HEB is a great store - very clean, good inventory, low prices, pretty good service. I understand that you may not have much $$ - I was a poor student, too. But you're taking advantage of a situation. Maybe in a few years when you're with a company and in a position of authority (and I'm sure you will be since you're a horn), you'll have a slightly different perspective about whether this is proper. This is a difficult time - we need to have integrity as a country and as individuals.
posted: Sep. 28, 2001 @ 10:24p
texasfight, well said.
posted: Sep. 29, 2001 @ 1:19a
The reason H-E-B is so clean, has a good inventory, and low prices, is because of people like me. I should me a hero to society. I am the one that scavages through the freezing aisles of H-E-B and takes that ecoli infested chicken off of the shelves. The reason you and many others haven't died of horrible diseases, is because of my people and I. I do not take advantage of a situation, I solve societal problemsThe reason H-E-B has this policy is to meet FDA standards and get expired food off the shelves. I am the mechanism that gets food off of the shelves. Also, I am deeply offended by your comment: when you're with a company and in a position of authority. I think I am in a very authoritative position. I am in charge of getting diseased food off of the shelf. I've probably saved your life more than once. Bow down to the master!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> You say "we need to have integrity as a country and as individuals."I say integrity is subjective. You obviously don't respect the magical four letter word free
The notion of proper is relative to the person. I think it is proper and every other fatwallet member that agrees bump it!!!!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> Also,
Learn to respect fellow Texans and all other honest scam artist!
Give a brother a break. Moral sh*t doesn't work with me!!
And last of all,
"FREE IS THE MAGICAL FOUR LETTER WORD" Stores have policies for reasons, think about the poilices, then decide why the policy would be beneficial for the store!!
posted: Sep. 29, 2001 @ 3:17a
texasfight, while I understand where you are coming from, I think this is actually a good deal for HEB. As a former stockboy for a supermarket, I must say it was a pain in the butt digging through food every couple of weeks looking at the dates. It's the mundane tasks that often get neglected...heck, say it took me 5 extra hours to remove some of the expired food...that's $50 in wages. Why not just give a college kid $50 in food (which costs the store much less than that)? If there's no expired food in the store, then the store doesn't "lose" anything...and if there is, then it shouldn't be! just my $.02....
posted: Sep. 29, 2001 @ 3:56a
Albertson's in Tallahassee (don't know where else they may have stores) has the same policy. The thing about overrings is that if you buy something and it scans over the price, you get the first item free, but you just get paid the difference on the subsequent items. Still, free is good!
posted: Sep. 29, 2001 @ 7:32a
Holy Toledo Batman-I have been doing this for YEARS!! I live in San Antonio. Last week I got $55.00 worth of stuff. I always go to the same store-they call me the datechecker lady. They changed the policy some-it USED TO BE EVEN BETTER. In the deli section- thye used to have these huge wheels of cheese-like cambebert(sp.?),etc., anyway- these are 5# wheels of $10.00 a # cheese. So I would find one out of date and they did not have another one to replace it(these were actually "store stock" items-they would be cut into chunks and sold dated from the cut date). They would then give me $50 or whatever the value was from the deli. I would get ready to bake pizzas(freeze them), tons of lunchmeat, hunks of cheddar, puddings.Now they do not display the big wheels anymore! And also- you only get ONE POUND free of a multi-pound item now <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> I get stuff from all over. Best place to count on is the case with the sour cream,little yogurts,etc. I can get a bunch of them every week. The juices in cartons-like OJ-I used to hit them hard too-so many I did not have room in my fridge sometimes ! The bacon used to be incredible-I was getting 6-7# a week easy.
But alas- my local HEB has really cleaned up the situation and I don't get as much as I used to-but I still bring home a small haul every week.
When my mom comes for her two week visit from Philly, she does it with me-hehe(she says she wishes they had fresh or free at Pathmark-but hey they get double coupons every day-WE DO NOT EVER GET DOUBLE COUPONS EVER!) As for Albertsons-they USED to have the same fresh or free policy. There is one on the CORNER from me-I can walk there if I have to. They have the absolutely worst rotation in foods and I could get hundreds of dollars of food from there-so much I used to give it away all the time to my friends. They stopped the policy about two years ago-but they still have the laziest staff I have ever seen. In fact I wrote to corporate a few weeks ago-cuz when I do go in there for something-the store near me alwasy has this WRETCHED odor that assails your nostrils as soon as you walk in. I went in there yesterday.IT smelled WONDERFUL. Someone got a message!
posted: Sep. 29, 2001 @ 11:50a
This is one of the coolest things I have ever heard of... too bad I'm a Californian and there aren't any stores like that out here.
You shouldn't have any regret about taking advantage of this program because, if it's in their policy, you're just following the rules!
The thing that sucks is the fact that older people who know probably get away with all the time, while us young, starving college students get hassled by the management. I hate the age double standard... but I don't have to worry about that in this case cuz I don't have a HEB!
Texans enjoy... but I would rather pay for my food and live in CA!
posted: Sep. 29, 2001 @ 1:49p
Not as cool but all the stores in my area price match each others sale adds so you don't have to chase all over town for lost leaders. Also some times Albertson's will put baby back ribs on sale but they look like crap , so I take the add to another store and PM them for good ones.
posted: Sep. 29, 2001 @ 1:55p
I buy lot's of outdated stuff, with the meat I freeze it right away, and defrost to cook. After cooking it last 7 days.
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posted: Sep. 29, 2001 @ 7:09p
this thread inspired me to remember to look when I went to HEB today Here is what I got without trying too hard:
Ball Park Singles Hot Dogs $1.98 Turkey Store Ground Breast $5.03 Pollock's Ring Sausage $3.42 Go-Gurt $1.97 Choice Beef Filet Mignon $8.99 Turkey Filet,Bacon Wrapped $3.99 _________________________________
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