Grocery Store Tricks and How to Avoid Them

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Grocery Store Tricks and How to Avoid Them

Grocery Store Tricks and How to Avoid Them

We all know that grocery stores have tricks to get you to spend more money at their store. We have all seen the pretty end caps of brightly displayed products stacked high and just calling your name. Knowing these grocery store tricks will help you avoid them and spend less at the store every time! Study the list below and pay attention the next time you are at the store and you will begin to see the tricks they use to get you to spend more money at their store.

The Sales Flyer – The sales flyer is our frugal friend but pay close attention to these sales flyers. A lot of the items in the flyer are indeed on sale but some of them are not. Companies pay big money just to have their products featured in the sales ad but may not actually be on sale at all. Keep an eye on prices and take the time to check the regular price of an item to make sure you are really getting a good deal.

Single Purchase Items – Buying bagged items can save you 50% more than buying the single item. Item’s such as apples, oranges, potatoes and onions can cost a whole lot more in the single form than buying the prepackaged bag. Picking out each and every fruit is nice to do but is it worth all that additional cost.

Convenience Items – Items such as shredded or grated cheeses, pre-cut meat, or ready made items or meals are great for saving time but not so great on the pocket book. Take the time to prepare a home cooked meal without using those “convenience” items and you should show a drastic cut in your food bill.

End of the Isle – Seeing product displays at the end of the isle will make you think that this is the absolute best deal on that particular product in that particular store. Generally these items are not even on sale. Companies may have paid a high dollar cost to get their products displayed as such. Shop down the isle and compare prices to get the best deals.

$10 for $10 deals – Items that are sold on a number system can be a little tricky. Sometimes these tactics are used to get you to buy more than you need of the said product. Most of these stores offer the same price for the product even if you don’t buy all 10 of them.  Check with your store on their policy and stick to buying only what you need.

Eye Level Trick – Grocery stores never place the better deals at eye level. You either have to look up or down to find the better deals, often causing you to have to stoop to grab what you need. They want you to spend the higher price so they keep it right at “eye level” easy for you to see and grab. Always check the upper and lower shelves to find the best prices item.

Per Ounce Price – Take a calculator with you to the store and check each size to find out which one has the better deal. We have been programmed to think that the biggest is always the best deal. This is not always the case… sometimes bigger is not always better. Double check the per ounce price before making your final purchase to get the better deal.

Items by the Register – The items by the register are often small packaged convenience items that carry a big price tag. Just buy what is on your list and resist impulse purchases when standing in line. Got kids in tow?? Some stores have a no candy isle available…… I frequent these stores often when I find them. It just makes everything simpler when it comes to the kiddos.

Popular items are kept at the Back of the Store – The most frequently purchased items are kept in the back of the store so that you have plenty of time to pick up extra things along the way. Stores have even been known to move items like eggs which gives you plenty of time to find other things that were not on your list while looking for them. I know I have said this already but stick to your list!! Last time to say it I promise! Did I say stick to the list??!

The Freebie Trap – Free samples are a glorious thing! They are great to try and can keep the kids busy while you are making your way through the store. Here is were the problem comes in …. it’s when you feel like you need to buy the product just because you got a free sample and the nice lady or gentleman are standing there looking at you. Come on…. I know you have felt that feeling before! Hold the impulse purchase monster at bay, take the sample and walk away!

Do you have any grocery store tricks that you have noticed in your store?

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  1. Maybe I’m just a cold soul, but freebies never tempt me to purchase the item!
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  2. I love this post! I have to laugh most times I flip through my local sale flyer, because so many of the “deals” are so NOT deals. But if you don’t pay attention to the regular prices of items, it’s easy to assume that everything in there must be a bargain.

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