The average household spends $2,300 on groceries per year. However, you may be spending more money than you realize, thanks to supermarket schemes. Once you're inside, grocery stores use various tricks to get you to buy more, but if you know what to look for, you won't get duped.
First, supermarkets place basic essentials, like milk, in the far corner of the store so you'll be tempted by other things on your way there. If you're just going to the supermarket to pick up some quick necessities, keep your eye on the prize and don't be lured by items you don't need.
Another thing to be wary of is well-placed flashy packaging. Stores often place these products at kids' eye level, hoping they'll convince you to buy it for them. So, if you see cheap toys or brightly colored candy, keep the cart moving and stay strong in the checkout aisle.
Water packing is another shady supermarket practice that could be raising your grocery bill. Stores overprice their cuts of meat by adding a diluted solution to the package. Then they include that weight when pricing out the cost. Stores may call it a "flavor enhancer," but it's really just water, so think twice about packages that have a noticeable amount of liquid inside.
Follow these grocery shopping tips and you'll avoid getting bagged by supermarket schemes. You may even notice more money in the bank because of them.
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