Story Category: Shopping

Did you know that listening to upbeat music while you grocery shop may help you spend less? Or that “10 for $10” promotions can sometimes cost you more? Reader’s Digest talked to supermarket employees, industry experts and grocery shopping gurus to put together an exhaustive list of the strategies supermarkets use to get shoppers to buy more, as well as some insider advice for shopping smarter. We went through the list and pulled out the best tips for saving money at the grocery store.

Don’t feel the need to fill your cart.

Shopping carts are getting larger because testing reveals that they encourage customers to buy more. Make a conscious effort to not fill an enormous cart, or grab a basket instead of a cart whenever possible.

Go beyond milk, bread, bananas and eggs when comparison shopping.

These four items are the ones customers most commonly rely on to compare prices between stores. However, you’ll have an easier time identifying deals if you make a longer list of the items you purchase most, and the price you usually pay. Keep it in your phone for easy reference while out shopping.

Start shopping in the middle of the store.

You typically find the produce section in the front of the store, where the “bright colors put you in a good mood and inspire you to buy more.” Stay on your game and stick to your budget by starting more in the middle, surrounded by the less vibrant boxed and canned food

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