How to Outsmart Supermarkets and Save Money on Your Groceries

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1390-112013-120305 dollar 01Supermarkets and grocery stores use all manner of tricks to get you to spend more. Learning these tricks will help you outsmart them in their own game and save money. Below are insider secrets for shopping smarter.

1. You don’t have to fill the shopping cart

Research shows that the reason shopping carts get larger these days is because they make you to buy more. Therefore, make an effort not to fill a big cart. Alternatively, take a shopping basket and not a cart.

2. Don't be afraid to ditch items at the last minute

According to research, more than 60% of shoppers tend to change their minds regarding an item while on the line. Thus, supermarkets have started to make checkout lanes narrower to discourage you from going back and returning the item where you found it. Do not allow the narrow bounds of the checkout lanes to force you to buy something you do not need. You can even give it to a shop attendant.

3. Wear headphones and enjoy upbeat music while shopping

Did you know that wearing a headphone and listening to upbeat music while shopping could make you spend less? It is no coincidence that most stores play music with slower beats. They do this to encourage customers to move slower through the aisle - which leads to 29% more buys. Instead, listen to your preferred workout mix and you are likely to move at a much brisker pace as you shop.

4. Find out if there are complimentary add-ons

The baker slices a loaf of bread for you and the butcher will tenderize the meat for you. Even a florist usually gives free greenery for every loose flower purchased. Therefore, do not afraid to ask what complimentary add-ons you will get when you purchase something.

5. Do a little calculating before you buy in bulk

Sometimes, it may be cheaper if you buy items found in the produce section per pound as opposed to buying multipacks. It also gives you the opportunity of being able to inspect each vegetable or fruit for defects, something that also saves money. Check the prices and do some calculations to determine if you will make significant savings by buying in multipacks.

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