Food is a necessity, so it’s something we always have to purchase. It can get a little pricey, especially when your family is growing. No one can refute the practicality of buying groceries, but that doesn’t disregard the fact that some aspects of grocery shopping can’t be completed more efficiently than others.
By remaining on the lookout for deals and knowing exactly when to purchase your goods, you can easily save your money for the later down the road. By the time this is done consistently, you’ll have saved a ton of money while learning the ropes of the system.
Check out these 10 facts grocery stores don’t want you to know, and start saving your dollars today.
1. Rewards members get the best sales – If you’re not signed up (usually for a free program), you’re paying more. Frequent shoppers will even earn access to even more sales that aren’t listed to non or even new shoppers.
2. Sales are on a schedule – We might not gain access to the list, but most stores mark down goods at a similar time and day each week. Keep an eye out for someone with sale stickers and follow them as closely as possible.
3. End-caps are a trick – They might be convenient, but that’s also the point. Customers grab and buy on a whim, especially with items that are within close reach. Steer clear of these placements to find a better deal.
4. Sales are on the regular – Look for hidden spaces where managers place clearance items (usually those with a long shelf life). They’re often full of obscure items, but can save you handsomely when the right product is to found.
5. Off-brands aren’t always cheaper – We generally think that non-name brand items come with a better deal. However, when coupons are available, the “real” stuff might save you even more dollars.
6. Stores don’t lose money on coupons – They’re getting reimbursed all the same. Don’t let them act like they’re being put out by accepting coupons, no matter how much they let you save.
See also: 7 Tips For the Beginning Couponer
7. Canvas bags = savings – Shopping with your own bags means a discount, or set-price off your total. Buy these reusable bags once and save each time you shop.
8. There is a set produce day – Different items might come in each day, but for the most part, there’s a schedule as to when things come in. Find out when the lettuce is the freshest, eggs the latest delivery, and more.
9. Shelves are stocked to make you buy – There’s a serious science behind the arrangement of food shelves. And it’s specifically designed to make you buy more. Be on the look out for mid-placed items, which are more expensive; cheaper items are usually placed at the tops and bottoms because they’re harder to reach.
10. Shopping carts are gross – so gross. In fact, unless there’s a specific accident on a particular cart, it’s probably never been cleaned. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the available wipes or hand sanitizer.