Mark Cuban's Grocery Store Hack Will Help You Score Cheaper Produce The billionaire talked about his early days in Dallas when he was strapped for cash.

By Emily Rella

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Mark Cuban may be a billionaire entrepreneur now, but his humble beginnings taught him how to make ends meet when times got tough on his wallet.

Cuban recently appeared on the "Club Random with Bill Maher" podcast when the two men began discussing wealth and how their lives have changed since making it big in their respective industries.

The duo talked about how having money has offered them the opportunity to do what they want, when they want, something Cuban points to as a gift.

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When speaking about what the "best part" of being wealthy is, Cuban said that the answer is "time."

"I get to control my time," he said.

Still, he wasn't always rich. When Cuban was in his 20s and first moved to Dallas from Indiana, he told Maher he didn't have much to his name, so he came up with a money-saving grocery hack.

By eating at off-hours, he could score lower prices on easily perishable items. Since most grocery stores can't put items like cooked poultry or expiring produce back on shelves, some vendors will slash prices during later hours.

"I used to go to the grocery store at midnight because they lowered the price of chicken and these big French fries to $1.29," Cuban explained to Maher of his late-night shopping. "And I would buy a bunch of them."

Related: 'Are the Chickens On Strike?': Consumers Furious As Egg Prices Skyrocket Over 64% In One Month In Some U.S. States

The billionaire also talked about his love of canned cheese, and the unsanitary way he'd consume it —and then leave it for unsuspecting customers.

"I'd take the Cheez Whiz, open the top, [eat it], and put it back," Cuban said.

Cuban's current net worth is an estimated $4.6 billion, which tells us he probably isn't going for any more midnight cheese runs anymore.

Emily Rella

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Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

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