Grocery store savings secrets

Supermarkets play plenty of tricks to get you to spend more. Here are some common tactics -- and how to outsmart them.

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Feb 9, 2013 10:18AM
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That is why Wal Mart keeps moving everything. Their strategy is if you have to wander around searching for what you wanted you will be forced to walk pass a bunch more stuff. Thus be enticed to buy crap you don't need.
Feb 9, 2013 8:51AM
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again w/the same story?! give us something new. This is at least the 10th time I've seen this in the past year!
Feb 9, 2013 11:10AM
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What they don't realize is that people with little money are NOT going to buy anything they don't need. They get what they came for and then check out. I know, because we ignore everything thats put in places to attract your eye. To think that everyone who goes into a grocery store is going to buy everything is crazy. Only if your rich will you do that.
Feb 9, 2013 10:47AM
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Cut the crapola and just do straight up fair ethical labeling and pricing of products.  I tell the corporations to STOP BEING GREEDY SLEEZY MARKETING LEECHES OF SOCIETY.  stop the greed and lies and predator marketing.
Feb 9, 2013 10:59AM
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Then why do I always find a bad spoiled orange in with the bag of oranges?
Feb 9, 2013 12:44PM
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When my family was together I always bought the solid meat and cheese at a cheaper price, brought it home and sliced it myself with a home slicer machine. I also have an electric meat grinder and bought round steak when on sale and ground my own. Results: saved money by buying in bulk and upped the quality of the ground beef, plus invested in a vacuum sealer machine to secure all to last much longer than store bought packaging.  Now I live alone and am on a fixed income, but those savings are still used and most important at my home.
Feb 9, 2013 9:18AM
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do not trust the store to cut deli meat for you - poor hygiene
Feb 9, 2013 9:50AM
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One thing some markets do and logically don't realize is reversible ie by asking "Can I help you with anything?" If I am going for macaroni and vegetable, and don't know where I mostly have to walk 80% of the store looking for it. and end up with half a cart full, but if someone tells me where they are I go straight to it and get out. I would say be courteous, and let the shopper decide, how much.

Feb 9, 2013 1:05PM
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Walmart is notorious for putting something on sale....and the register does not ring up the "sale price."  This has happened to me several times.  Ex.: loaf of bread marked down from $2.19 to $1.89.....and it rings up at the register at $2.19.  Of course,  they void it out and give me the sale price; however, they do not change it in the computer....after I bring it to their attention.  Went back in two days later....still rang up at $2.19 and the price on the shelf still showed $1.89.  .  I bought two boxes of pudding one time...one rang up at the correct price...the other (same upc code) rang up at $7.95!!!!  When I asked a MANAGER how this happened....he had no answer for this expensive mistake.   Check your Walmart receipts people....the savings you think your getting....your not!!!


Feb 9, 2013 11:46AM
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and not all stores will allow you to take a whole cooked roast beef to the deli counter to be cut do to health department regulations, some of the people yelling about certain practices are wrong it's the store having to follow certain safety and health practices

 

Feb 15, 2013 6:21PM
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So, this article is basically geared really toward stupid people, or those who just don’t pay attention to what they are buying. Of course, I guess marketing in general is geared toward idiots. Ooooh…”Shiny packaging! Low fat! Low sugar!” Pretty much translates to… “lead paint, high sodium, and contains aspartame”.  If people weren’t too lazy to research the foods they eat before going to the grocery store, they wouldn’t buy expensive, unhealthy foods - just because of product placement on an end cap. Our idiocy is making these companies rich people, wake up!

Feb 9, 2013 1:04PM
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It's just good marketing. They are in business to make money, just as any other business is. Learn to control your desires and you'll be able to get what you want and maybe even try something new. What's the problem?
Feb 9, 2013 9:56AM
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I think the author of this article is living in the 50's; "The smart consumer stays on the outside and saves money while eating healthier (items such as) milk, meat and bread."  In what logic are milk, bread, and meat healthier than fresh produce; fruits veggies, nuts, whole grains, most unprocessed foods.  Get a clue dude.
Feb 15, 2013 6:29PM
Feb 9, 2013 10:54AM
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buying whole and taking to the deli to slice is not going to work if the store wants to pass INSPECTION the deli  meat slicers and or saws are   used for cooked meats only
Feb 15, 2013 9:53PM
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Not bad, overall

{but #7 about hammering service employees to slice (especially outside of their department) is a bit much for an ex-grocery employee}

The people who work in this industry are under an awful lot of pressure; the newer ones at relatively low wage rates.

 

Do your brothers and sisters a favor; ask how their shift is going before burdening them with a big, unexpected service job...

 

T

Feb 9, 2013 11:41AM
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this focus group psychological manipulation is the same thing our political parties use to hide their agandas.calling social security and medicare entitlements is the perfect example. Think about these 2 statements. We want to cut social security. We want to cut entitlements. Do you see how your reaction to these statements differs. But they mean the same thing.
Feb 9, 2013 12:05PM
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The fine art of deceptive mind control has become the favored brain child of the new Amerika. It attacks us from every concievable direction 24/7/365. It trickles down from government and permeates every single facet of our lives. It is fueled by an ever increasing greed on steroids in high gear and leaves no stone unturned. Greed is destroying humanity both from without AND within at the same time.
Feb 16, 2013 3:23AM
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It would be nice to know what products at Dollar Tree are from "Reclamation Services" and what are shipped in from China mixed with melamine and who knows what else. I never buy any consumable from a dollar store knowing that they buy China's cast-offs!
Feb 16, 2013 2:30AM
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SUPER MARKETS MAKE ALMOST ALL OF THERE PROFITS FROM NEW ITEMS AND AD MONEY DONT BE FOOLED BY THEY ONLY MAKE PENNYS ON THERE PRODUCTS.
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