Supermarkets know more about you than any psychologist, they know your habits, reflexes, desires and intentions, with which they can play as they wish. Supermarkets know how to make you spend even more, but at the same time thought that you spent less. But we, like you, do not want to be deceived, which is why we have prepared for you a list of efficient life hacks that will help you save money on purchases.
Remember what is in the refrigerator
The revision of the refrigerator is the first thing to do before you go grocery shopping. This will help you navigate what you need to buy in the first place, and what purchases can still wait.
In the future, this simple ritual helps save a lot: the fact is that in this way you will stop throwing out food, learn how to store food correctly and will not buy too much.
Lists are the most important step towards saving money in supermarkets. They will help you not to be distracted by bright showcases and focus only on the most necessary and planned. Make lists manually or use thematic applications for smartphones - so you will soon see that you started saving money without much effort.
Sooner or later you will be able to draw up a clear schedule of global purchases (for example, once a week) and track correctly how many products you will need to buy next time without spending too much.
Do not go to the store hungry
Each of us perfectly represents the consequences of a “hungry” shopping raid: the desire to eat is satisfied with the eyes, and the hands are drawn unconsciously to the most harmful products in the entire assortment of the supermarket, while ignoring prices.
Large carts should be chosen only in the case when you are going to buy, say, a week. Baskets and small carts are suitable for everyone who purchases a small list every day.
If you can cut circles in a supermarket for hours, looking at shop windows and looking at various goodies that you don't really need, use only baskets: it will be physically hard for you to gain extra purchases and you will surely stop on time.
Promotions and discounts
If all the promotions and discounts, about which the supermarket happily informs you in giant letters just before approaching it, were really beneficial for customers, the stores would have been ruined long ago. Of course, some proposals really deserve consideration, but the golden rule of rational shopping trips is: "Always read what is written in small print."
Often, large, low-priced price tags do not differ much from the previous ones, written somewhere in the corner of the price tag. In addition, very often discounts are made on goods with expiring or useless trinkets, which attract our attention, forcing them to spend too much.
For stocks and discounts, it is best to buy goods with a long shelf life: cereals, pasta, sugar, flour, tea, coffee and other products that should always be in the kitchen.
Rule of lower and long shelves
Without exception, all the shops use a well-known trick: expensive and least popular products are laid out at eye level, on the most affordable and convenient for the customer shelves. This rule also works in another dimension, products that have a shelf life that expire in a day or two are usually only put in the forefront.
When choosing the right product, be sure to look at the lower and upper shelves: it is usually the place where the cheapest products are most profitable for the buyer. And, most likely, somewhere in the third row you will find the same milk that does not deteriorate the very next day.
Leave the children with the grandmother
Going to the store is just the case when children are best left at home. Everyone knows that parents can rarely resist the requests of the little ones to buy a typewriter or another chocolate bar and satisfy their moods. It would seem that spending on children's products is not big at all, but if you count how much money was spent on unplanned toys and sweets, an impressive amount will be released.
Reduce store visits
The less often you go to the supermarket, the less you buy extra items, so it is logical to make purchases, say, once every two weeks. This way you save not only money, but also time.
Paying for purchases with a bank card is certainly convenient, but it has its pitfalls - using a credit card, a person “does not feel” money and because of this can make unplanned expenses.
If you are not sure that you will be able to avoid the temptations to collect unnecessary purchases, we recommend that you take to the store a certain amount, which should be enough to pay only for necessary goods.
Do not overpay for advertising and packaging.
The total cost of the goods depends on a number of factors, including the cost of the manufacturer on advertising. In stores, you can buy products that are not inferior in quality to well-known brands. The same applies to packaging - bread in a beautiful package or glazed curd bars in bright boxes. Now think about where the colorful packaging will go after the product is eaten? That's right, in the trash. So why pay for beautiful boxes and packages, if after some time they turn out to be useless?