It goes without saying that everybody’s trying to save money these days. But supermarkets are designed to appeal to our human wants, not necessarily our needs. When you go grocery shopping and want to stock up on a few extra things to put by, you don’t want to get ripped off.
Here are five tips to help you save money when you go grocery shopping. This is about as basic as it gets.
* Make a list and stick to it. If there’s something you see and think you should have that’s not on your list, check out the label for info on calories and nutrition facts. I’ll bet you decide to keep to your list.
* Don’t shop when you’re hungry. Those smells from the bakery or deli can be enticing, but don’t give in. Get what you came for and go.
* Shop the perimeter of the store. That’s where you’ll find fresh produce, lean meats, low fat and fat free dairy items.
* Shop for what they hope you don’t see. The items the store wants you to buy are at eye level. Sugary cereals for kids are put down at their eye level. If you don’t look up and down hard enough, you could miss generic or less expensive brands.
* Shop midway into the aisle. That’s where you’ll find staples. All those appealing items are at or near the ends so you’ll see them first. You may have to look harder for what you want, but it’s worth it.
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