Before visiting the supermarket
1. Plan your menu for the week
If you know exactly what and when to cook, you will determine what you need to buy, what is in the refrigerator, and so in excess. This will save you from rush purchases and, at the same time, from agonizing thoughts of cooking for dinner during the week.
2. Check discounts
Take a look at the supermarket’s website, scroll through the virtual catalog, and use special applications to find discounts. If you find good prices for products with a long shelf life, it might be worth adding them to your shopping list to save money.
3. Make a list
Even if you have an excellent memory, you should not rely on it in this matter. Write down on a piece of paper or enter into your smartphone a list of products to buy. Look in the bathroom and the cabinet under the sink: you may have run out of laundry detergent or trash bags. This way you can buy everything you really need in one go.
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4. Grab the player
Paradoxical but true: slow background music increases store sales by 38%. Using Background Music to Affect the Behavior of Supermarket Shoppers, Less meditative tunes played from the headphones will help you not fall for this bait.
It is not difficult to seduce a hungry person with food, and he will fill the basket much more actively. Scientists even calculated how much: if you do not eat in advance, spend, on average, 64%. An empty stomach can lead to an empty wallet more than a full stomach.
6. Choose the right time
You will most likely have to run in for bread after work during rush hour. It is better to plan large-scale purchases at a more suitable time. Then you will avoid huge queues and cramped aisles, and the shelves will not grieve with a gaping void.
To calculate the correct time, consider when walking to the supermarket is most uncomfortable. By the way, some shops offer additional discounts for special days and shopping hours, and some check the information booth for information.
7. Park closer to the exit
You enter the supermarket light, and any distance is within your power, and you leave with huge bags or a heavy trolley. Therefore, the return journey should be as short as possible.
On the trading floor
8. Limit time
Make it a goal to make your purchases within a reasonable time. Tight timing will not allow you to “see something else” and spend too much. Also, the “anything else” category rarely includes anything needed.
9. Walk only on specific rows
If you need pasta, cabbage, and milk, go to the vegetable, dairy, and pasta shelves. A leisurely wandering around the supermarket forces you to buy something that was not in the plans. And so that you are not afraid to forget to take something, you have a list.
10. See below and above
Shelves at eye level are reserved for the most expensive goods. So it pays to look down to find products at a more affordable price. Note that cheaper doesn’t mean worse. Just compare the compositions.
By the way, at the level above 170 cm, there may also be excellent inexpensive goods. And even higher, you should look for products that ended on the shelves: it is possible that the sauce for the promotion did not have time to shift from the packaging to the proper place. True, to get it, it is better to call a supermarket employee.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Life hacker