10 Great supermarket secrets you need to know about to save money and time
Supermarket chains spend millions of dollars finding new ways to trick into buying more than you intended to. Piped music, special offers and how the store is laid out are all designed to get you to place more and more items in your basket or cart. So turn the tables on the supermarket giants and read these ten tips on how shop faster and cheaper and how to avoid some of the cunning traps that the supermarkets set for you.
1. Always pick items from the back of the shelf
Supermarkets always stack shelves with the oldest items at the front. To get the freshest items and those with the longer use by date, always reach to the back of the shelf to pick your produce.
2. Wear headphones and don’t listen to their music
The music that plays in the background in a supermarket is always gentle and soothing. It’s designed to make you want to take your time, so that you can be tempted to buy more. Put on your headphones and play some upbeat music. You’ll spend less time in the store and you will up less.
3. Don’t waste your money on ‘buy one get one’ half price offers
If you needed two bunches of bananas you’d have put two bunches on your list. Buy one, get one half price offers, will only make you buy more than you need and, if the goods are perishable, you will probably throw away the free portion anyway.
4. Don’t be taken in by the prices of the essentials
Supermarkets often fight competitive price wars on essential products and then increase the price of other items. Don’t just compare the price of eggs, bread and milk because these will always be competitive, It is the prices of the other products that you really need to keep an eye on.
5. Don’t fill your cart or basket
Have you ever felt that supermarket carts and baskets seem to be getting bigger? Well, that’s because they are! Supermarkets have found that customers tend to fill a cart full before they move on to the checkout, so they have been gradually increasing the size of the carts and baskets.
6. Don’t grab a cart when all you need is a basket
Another trick that supermarkets have learned is that you buy more when you are using a cart and not a basket. Their response to these findings is simple, they reduce the number of baskets available so that you have to take a Cart instead. Don’t fall for it!
7. Never shop when you are hungry
Don’t go shopping and then grab some lunch, go for lunch and then grab some shopping! You are much more likely to buy more when you are hungry and you will probably find your cart filled with treats that never intended to buy.
8. Look up and look down
Supermarkets always place the most profitable items at eye level. Look below and above the eye level shelves, that’s where you will find the real bargains.
9. Make a shopping list and stick to it
Don’t be tempted, don’t be tempted and again; don’t be tempted! You go in for essentials and you come out with bags of treats and that how the supermarkets make their huge profits. Make a list of what you need and stick to your list. That way you’ll be in and out in no time and you won’t buy things that you don’t really need.
10. Try late night shopping
Most supermarkets are now open late and night and some are 24 hours. Late night shopping is not only good because the queues are shorter, but you will also find some fantastic last minute discounts on bakery items and other perishables that you won’t see during the day.
What are your favorite supermarket tricks? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.