A lot of people bought milk in bulk at the auction and, even if it's near the expiration date, they freeze it. Why? Because Horizon organic milk sold for $2.75 a half gallon there, whereas it costs about $6.79 at the store. Savings: 59 percent.
At the store, Triscuits costs $3.29. At the auction? Just $1.25. So, our percentages are climbing up to 62 percent on that one.
A six-pack of V-8 juice is $4.39, according to the national chain we contacted. But Frecker sold it for $1.50 at the auction. That's a 66 percent savings.
For some reason, juices were a great deal at the auction, so we've saved the best bargain for last!
At the auction, bidders were able to snag six-packs of Odwalla smoothies for $1.25. At stores, the Odwalla smoothies are only available singly -- and in a slightly different sizes -- but if you do the math, six of them would be $10.86.
So by buying at the auction instead, customers saved an impressive 88 percent.
You've got to go in knowing what foods cost at the grocery store.
These days, it's easy because you can make a list and check it online.
If you don't have a point of comparison, it's easy to get carried away with the excitement and competition and overpay.