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8 Ways Grocery Stores Get You to Spend

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8 Ways Grocery Stores Get You to Spend


It happens to the best of us. Without even really thinking about it, we end up with a basket full of groceries, when we really just wanted to buy a tomato and a bag of rice for dinner that night. Though it may not make our pocketbooks, or our bulging cupboards, very happy, it sure makes the supermarkets happy. Indeed, the marketing minds behind your local grocery store haven’t let any detail go unnoticed when it comes to creating the perfect environment for you to fork over your cash. Click through to read about some of the surprising ways supermarkets get you to spend.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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2:52PM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

shop the perimeter used to be the rule, stores are now changing and putting junk on the edges and the fruit and veg in the middle. if it is in a box don't buy it. you are paying for sugar and salt.

8:50PM PDT on May 14, 2013

I was already wise to most of these tricks, but that doesn't stop me from occasionally being taken in by a seemingly great deal or making an impulse purchase. Strictly adhering to a shopping list and comparing the "per unit" price is a great way to avoid most of these pitfalls, though.

8:59AM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Itry to get only what I need, but usually come home with LESS, I do forget things.

5:49AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

I only go in to get what I need, and a list also helps to keep you focused! Sneaky indeed...

11:14AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

great tip.. don't shop on an empty stomach!

6:50PM PST on Jan 23, 2013

thank you!

6:25AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

a lot of them are blatant though! putting things at eye level and the gondolas at the end of the row are well-established ticks of the trade, so to speak! some things you can do to avoid these tricks include writing a shopping list and just buying what's off that and having already eaten before going shopping so you're not impulse buying as you're hungry. i personally like the reduced sections and pull out great bargains!

1:21AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

A few I hadn't considered! Thanks!

10:44AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Very good, Ms. Waldeck, thank you

4:34PM PST on Dec 3, 2012

you forgot one, rearranging the whole store. Everytime Trader Joe's shuffles the store around, it costs me $20 more in things I never saw before.

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