I'm pretty much all over that spectrum.
Used to have a Super Fresh market in my neighborhood. They always had a rack of less than perfect produce. NEVER anything rotten or gross... just not picture perfect. Would often buy bananas that were actually PERFECTLY ripe for immediate eating. Usually close to free. Some for eating and rest into freezer for banana bread in the future. A 5 lb bag of fancy "organic" apples became a messa apple sauce. A bag of mis-matched tomatoes became some sauce for something.
The Shop Rite near me always has lots of stuff from their bakery area with sell-by dates... like tomorrow?!? NOTHING wrong with the stuff. When I know I'm gonna want/need bread crumbs, croutons, or bread cubes (like in 2 weeks for stuffing), will end up with a nice crusty loaf of $4-5 bread for maybe $1.50. Today it was a bag of 6 SOFT onion rolls.
Today, bought bacon... odds/ends of the good stuff from deli counter. It's slowly rendering on stove. Will yield a nice batch of bacon fat (for things like crab cakes) & a messa REAL bacon crumbles for all sorts of things.
Have bought packages of cheese ends (from deli area) when getting ready to make mac & cheese.
Anyone else in this boat with me?