You can save money at the grocery store by no falling into these common spending traps. Here's how to avoid supermarket spending traps.
It might surprise you, but retailers put a lot of time and effort into making their store a place that will entice you to spend more just based on how it is set up. The atmosphere is a big factor in determining a lot. Do you ever say to yourself, “I really like that grocery store. Their displays are so nice and clean. I wish I could shop there more often.”? That is exactly what retailers hope you will feel about their store.
Supermarkets are no different. Luckily, there are some things you can do to avoid falling prey to their “spend more” tactics. Keep these tips in mind the next time you're at the grocery store so you know How to Avoid Supermarket Spending Traps.
How To Avoid Supermarket Spending Traps
Be aware that the music and flowers at the front door are there to help you feel relaxed. This tactic is used so you will stay longer and shop longer. Don’t give in. If you have just a few things to buy, purchase them and get out before you are enticed to leisurely shop.
Shopping carts have gotten bigger over the years. This is not because families are bigger or because products are bigger. It is so you will feel like you need to fill your cart more before you leave. If you are going for a small trip, grab a basket. If you are lucky enough, grab one of the smaller sized carts if your store has them.
Notice how annoying it is when you just need some milk and you have to go to the back of the store to get it? That isn’t by mistake. Stores hope you will buy more than you came in for with this tactic. Outsmart them by keeping your “blinders” on. Don’t deviate no matter how great that new product is that you see on display.
Shop the middle sections of the store first. Most people shop the perimeter first. However, if you get the staples that will fit in your pantry first, your cart will already appear fuller. You will not be tempted to spend more to fill it.
Speaking of the shelves, don’t shop eye level. Stores want you to buy these more expensive eye level products. Instead, scan the top and bottom shelves first to see if the item you need is cheaper in another brand or generic.
Skip samples. If your store has a sample day for new products, don’t give in. Avoid that day if possible. Samples are designed to get your hunger going in the same way an appetizer does before a meal. Not only will the taste of the new product make you hungry, but the smell of it throughout the store will too.
Examine end caps closely. The products on the ends caps are not deals or items on sale at all. They are just there as a feature because the company pays to have their product displayed here. This is where knowing your prices can come into play. Is it an actual sale or just something on display?
If your store offers a “child-friendly” checkout line, use it. These checkout lines are designed to NOT have candy, soda, toys, and trinkets that children often beg for at the end. It might surprise you, but you are probably tempted by them, too. You may even succumb to it by tossing a candy bar or pack of gum onto the check out counter.