Outsmart the grocery store
I just wanted to take a moment to share a worthwhile link. I consider myself a reasonably savvy and experienced grocery shopper, feeding 12 on a very modest budget, but I learned a few things from this list:
50 Sneaky Grocery Store Tricks That Trim Your Wallet and Pad Your Waistline ETA: link is now dead
Sale items are out of reach. Let’s say a can of tomatoes is on sale. You search for it, can’t find it and instead of making your own marinara sauce, you opt for a pre-packaged option that’s high in fat and salt. Grocery stores know most people won’t bother to ask or seek out a sale item they can’t immediately find, causing you to buy the less healthy and more expensive option.
And I often let myself get fooled by this one:
Multiple buys. Grocery stores love to run promotions for multiple purchases with the worst food on the planet such as soda and chips. You don’t need one bag, much less the three for $7 batch.
This was a little intriguing to me. Do you ever fall for it, or think others do?
Produce at the front of the store. Research shows that produce is placed at the front of a store because shoppers will stock up and then feel less guilty about not-so-healthy purchases elsewhere in the store.
And I've had dark suspicions about this one for a long time:
Pricey house brands. We’ve been conditioned to think the off-brand is always cheaper. This isn’t so. Many name brand are competing with house brands and know it, so they can be cheaper based on ounces per unit. Read the label and don’t assume you’re getting a better deal.
That was 4.
Read the other 46 tricks. ETA: link is now dead
My own observation: Have you noticed that store brands, which used to imitate the packaging of national brands, are beginning to look cheaper and more generic? I think they are reacting to the struggling economy. While they used to strive to look like the higher quality products, now they want consumers to perceive them as being less expensive. Generic packaging does the trick, often convincing buyers that they don't need to do the math and compare unit price - anything generic must be cheaper, right?
What sneaky grocery store tricks have you figured out? Which ones have you fallen for?