A lot of grocery stores use sneaky strategies convincing shoppers and customers to buy a lot more than they actually need. Here are some helpful tips that you can implement into your shopping routine that will help you to spend less on groceries.
Don’t Start at the Fresh Produce Section
The fresh produce section is bright and colorful which is an attempt to uplift your spirits and make you buy more food. The canned food section is less eye-catching in comparison. If you start in this section of the store, it will help you stick to a budget as it gets your mind into a certain zone.
Listen to Your Own Music
The music played over store PA is usually of a really slow tempo. Don’t fall for it; it’s a trap. It will only make you move slower through the aisles as you sync your movements to the music. This is a clever way for the store to give you time to buy more. If you listen to your own music but of a faster beat, you’ll be less likely to linger in the aisles.
Don’t Fill Your Shopping Cart
The larger the shopping cart the more likely you will feel you need to fill it up. The increasingly large sizes only encourage shoppers to buy more. Opt for a basket which is obviously smaller, but you will only fit inside the items that you feel are ultimately necessary to buy!
Ask for a discount, especially on bakery or meat items with a looming expiration date such as tomorrow.
Ask if you can get some complimentary services done such as a baker slicing a loaf of bread or a butcher cutting meat down into various cuts.
Double-Check Sale Price Details
Sales on products generally apply to only a certain size of that product. Be sure you are getting the right product that is on sale.
Do your math before buying items in bulk to see if you are getting a good deal or not. Also inspect the items for quality if you choose to buy in bulk because it may be compromised.
The spaces at the ends of the aisles known as endcaps aren’t to be trusted. Stores sell these areas to companies for them to promote a specific product. Check the prices to make sure these strategically placed goods really are good value.
What are your tips for saving money at the grocery store?