Before a visit to the supermarket
1. Plan your menu for the week
If you know exactly what and when to cook, you can determine what exactly you need to buy, and what is in excess in the refrigerator. This will save you from rash purchases and at the same time from painful thoughts about what to cook for dinner, within a week.
2. Check discounts
Look at the supermarket website and scroll through the virtual catalog, use special applications to find discounts. If you find favorable 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 a great memory, you should not rely on it in this matter. Write down on a piece of paper or put on your smartphone a list of products that you need to buy.
Look in the bathroom and the cabinet under the sink: your laundry detergent or garbage bags may have run out. So you can really buy everything you need at one time.
4. Grab the player
Paradoxically, it is a fact: slow background music increases sales in stores by 38% . Less meditative melodies sounding from the headphones will help you not to 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 an average of 64% more than with a full stomach.
6. Choose the correct time
You will probably have to run for bread after work at rush hour. Large-scale purchases are better planned at a more appropriate time. Then you will avoid huge lines and cramped spaces in the aisles, and the shelves will not upset you with a gaping void.
To calculate the correct time, think about when it’s most inconvenient to go to the supermarket. By the way, some stores offer additional discounts for special days and hours of shopping, look for information on the information stand.
7. Park closer to the exit
You go light to the supermarket, and any distance is within your power, and go out with huge bags or a heavy cart. Therefore, the return trip should be as short as possible.
In the trading floor
8. Limit time
Set a goal to make purchases in a certain, but reasonable time. Hard timing will not allow you to “see something else” and spend too much. In addition, the category “something else” rarely includes something you need.
9. Walk only in specific rows
If you need pasta, cabbage and milk, go to the vegetable, milk rows and to the shelf with pasta. Slowly wandering around the supermarket makes you 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 products. So it is worth lowering your eyes to find products with a more reasonable price. Please note that cheaper does not mean worse. Just compare the compositions.
By the way, at the level above 170 cm there can also be excellent inexpensive goods. And even higher it is worth looking for products that have ended on shelves: it is possible that the sauce for the action just did not have time to shift from the packaging to its proper place. True, to get it, it is better to call a supermarket employee.
11. Read the labels
Pay attention to the expiration date, date of manufacture, storage conditions and do not forget about the composition. For example, cheese and cottage cheese should not contain vegetable fats. And low-fat yogurt can be more high-calorie than its regular counterpart, which is important if you buy it for dietary purposes.
12. Check the terms of the promotion
If you are interested in yellow price tags, take the selection process carefully. First, check the expiration date of the goods, perhaps this is how the supermarket sells illiquid assets. Secondly, specify the conditions: it is possible that the promotional price is valid only when buying three products of the same name, but you do not need three houses for a cat.
13. Pay attention to the price.
This advice sounds in the style of Captain Obviousness, but many do not look at the cost of goods that they buy regularly. You’re used to that a package of milk costs 64 rubles, and just put it in the basket. But it may turn out that the product has long been much more expensive.
If you do not know the price of products that you often buy, you are depriving yourself of the opportunity to save.
14. Explore your own supermarket brand
Many networks produce goods under their own brand. They are distinguished by nondescript packaging, low price and the absence of any advertising. Among such products you can find both terrible and wonderful products. You can find out the quality by carefully reading the labels, and, alas, by trial and error.
15. Calculate the cost of a kilogram
Some supermarkets write on the price tag not only the cost of packaging, but also the price of goods per 1 kg. If they do not, count on your own. It is this figure that most eloquently speaks of the real value of the goods and helps to choose the most profitable option from several.
16. Round correctly
499 rubles – this is 500 rubles, not 400. Yes, the difference is “only” 99 rubles, but with 10 products almost a thousand will run, so you can not fit into the budget.
17. Look deep into
You buy cottage cheese for the whole week, but on the shelf is only a product whose shelf life expires the day after tomorrow. Look at the packaging in the second, third row, and so on up to the wall.
The sellers put the fresher goods back, and this is logical: so the buyers will first sort out the products whose shelf life is about to expire.
18. Take care of pre-packaged goods.
On the packaging of sliced sausage or cheese, you can often find only the packing date, which is easy to change with the plastic film. And not a word about the date of manufacture. So such purchases are at your own risk. Moreover, most supermarkets already offer sliced products like cheese and sausages, just ask the seller about it.
19. Weigh vegetables and fruits yourself
It’s nice when someone did the dirty work for you, but spoiled vegetables may be in the bag. And fruits on a plastic backing are usually more expensive than their comrades from the box. However, there are exceptions. For example, single bananas in polyethylene. Fruit detached from the bunch spoils faster, so the supermarket is interested in selling it first.
20. Buy seasonal fruits and vegetables
The gifts of nature from the nearest gardens and fields are usually cheaper, since the cost of logistics is less.
21. Use packages
It is better to put flour, preserves from fish, meat and other similar products in a bag before you put it in the cart. At the checkout you will most likely be offered to pack these goods additionally. But in time to fill the entire contents of the basket, the insidious pickle from some mussels may be earlier.
This is not quite an environmentally friendly solution, but you don’t mess all the products. If the soul hurts for nature, put several similar products in one bag at once and use it several times.
22. Do not buy too much food.
Even with the list you can buy too much, for example, take a bag of carrots instead of two pieces for soup. You use as much as you need, and the rest runs the risk of deteriorating.
According to statistics, Russians throw 20-25% products. So be moderate.
At the checkout
23. Keep yourself in control
At the checkout there is a dangerous zone of spontaneous purchases. Painful waiting in line can cause a desire to reward yourself, and here’s just a chocolate bar on a shelf. Then you suddenly need wet wipes, throat softeners, and lemonade to drink the sweetness of the chocolate bar.
This is what marketers are counting on. So show your resilience yourself and occupy your child with something different from the contemplation of shelves.
24. Inspect the contents of the cart
Audit products. Perhaps you grabbed something from the shelf without thinking. It’s time to lay out the excess and not spend more than necessary.
25. Check the check
Some products may break through twice, some may not be at the price you were counting on.
A dispute may arise over a stock item. When you point to the wrong price, you will be kept at the cash register for a long time, and then they will lead you to the shelf on which the new price tag will already be. And you just won’t prove anything. Therefore, it is better to first go to the trading floor and photograph the price tag, and then find out the relationship.
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