10 grocery store traps

Grocers are masters at using psychology to get you to spend more. If you want to save money, don't fall for these gimmicks.

By Bill Briggs, SwitchYard Media, Special to MSN Money

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It is difficult enough to grocery shop as a senior citizen, when people in Congress do not have any idea what the elderly go through. So they want to cut Soc. Sec., and programs that feed the elderly.

But if you're still able to do things for yourself be careful in the stores.

I always plan when to shop and have a list ready and follow it.  Glad that I don't have little ones to feed and have to drag them with me to the store anymore.  I really feel for parents of small ones. No choice if Dad or Mon is still at work.

I shop with the little basket.  If it is full, it's full.  No more!  Cash only.

As for organics, I can afford the price by shopping at Trader Joes and other health food stores on Senior Citizens Day.  Even then I limit on what to buy, only the sales.  Music, bakery smells don't bother me. Clearing sales ditto.  It has too much sugar in it anyway. Shop organics to stay healthy and save on doctors visits.

Please donate to Meals On Wheels if you can.  They feed the elderly.


Grocery store trap 11:  trying to make you think that saying no to your child over that packet of cookies will scar them for life -- bogus.  It will teach them that just because they want something does not mean they can have it.  That money isn't something to be wasted. 


 Another way is to try your store own brands.  My supermarket has excellent own store items.  One or two are not so hot, but the majority are as good as brand name.  In fact, I found out that the own store brand of milk came from a well known dairy chain charging almost a dollar more for that gallon jug.. 


A while ago, when I changed to the supermarkets above, my daughter complained that that chain "was for poor people".  I asked her what made her think we were rich. 

May 7, 2013 2:01AM
Wow, I think this is the stupidest thing I have ever read.  Who is being paid to compile this useless information?
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