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7 Secrets to Outsmarting Your Supermarket

Look Past the Super Marketing to Protect Your Wallet and Your Waistline


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  • I enjoy grocery shopping and do use a list. I also eat samples and try to count them in my Nut stats for the day. - 1/7/2017 11:54:28 AM
  • Great ideas. Some were new to me, some not. Heading to the store today so this will be a wonderful challenge. I'm in!. - 1/4/2017 11:58:25 AM
  • Loved the article. Nice to be reminded to stand firm in the grocery store and not give in to impulse buying. Need to strengthen both my self-determination as well as my finances. - 12/15/2016 9:33:42 AM
  • As for the free samples... our grocery stores only give out free wine, brandy, and rum. No food. And I will log it in my tracker - but free booze?! Yeah, you know it! - 12/2/2016 5:03:11 AM
  • All common sense things we all probably already know to do,but don't. Great to be reminded so it becomes an everyday lifestyle habit though. - 11/24/2016 8:08:07 AM
  • THIS was a great article, seems like common sense, but it isn't always easy to avoid the "traps" and manipulations! - 10/5/2016 3:46:59 PM
  • I only go down the aisles that have items that are on my list. That way I am not tempted to buy things I don't want to. - 9/27/2016 5:17:22 AM
  • One of the things I have learned through my weight loss journey is to shop the perimeter of the store first. My supermarket opens to the produce section so I shop there first then the dairy, meat and finally the deli (not that I buy anything there) but it right by the bread aisle. IF I still need anything I then go to the aisles. Coffee, Tea, soup for hubby, some juices, etc. are in the aisles. Shopping the perimeter usually gives me all I need for the next week. As an old TV ad proclaimed "Try it, you'll like it". - 8/28/2016 1:52:44 PM
  • This is my second trip on Spark. Grocery shopping FROM A LIST and timing your trip with the goals of Sticking to the list and spending the least amount of time in the store. I shop the Walmart Neighborhood Market and I list shop. I also uses their app for submitting my receipt so they give me money back if competitors are lower. 22 local competitors show up on the comparison. I don't need coupons and I don't have to shop multiple stores or read ads. Try it. You'll love it. - 7/27/2016 7:23:05 AM
  • I love the 'Boycott the Bakery' line. I normally can smell the fresh baked bread or donuts if I go grocery shopping in the morning.
    I now know how to avoid those temptations. - 5/23/2016 1:28:39 PM
  • I find sometimes you have to shop with metaphorical blinders on - for me that's a well thought out and clearly written grocery list and an absolute limit on how much I can spend. - 5/17/2016 11:28:34 AM
    I like all the Battle plans . . - 5/17/2016 10:16:30 AM
  • I'd use those seasonal, holiday pushes to an advantage. Time to fill the freezer! :-)

    Thanksgiving usually has the best prices all year on sweet potatoes, winter squash & cranberries. I've found 29 cent a lb yams & they'll store in a cool room for weeks.
    Cinco de Mayo just let me stock up on black beans & some awesome deals on tomatoes & avocados. Summer BBQ holidays can yield good sales on chicken. Christmas often has lower prices on oranges & Cuties.

    Now Superbowl snack sales aren't such a good idea, but... :-)

    - 5/14/2016 9:49:26 AM
    I'm on a strict budget so there is no room for extras. - 3/8/2016 7:08:17 PM
  • I'm on a strict financial budget as well as a caloric budget so I go grocery shopping for what is essential, not what catches the eye. Moving is costly and moving across the country 3000km is even more costly! I have to save for what matters and what I might want, if not necessary, is not going to be purchased! I find I stick to my plan better if I don't have a list but carry it in my head because then I am focused on what I'm looking for rather than other things. I've switched from chips to nuts for snack food and bought lots of fresh veggies and fruits on my last shopping trip so I can make my own soups instead of using canned soups. - 3/7/2016 9:21:48 AM

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