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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Apr 25, 2013 9:03AM
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What I hate is the little man who follows me around and makes a list of what I buy so the store never re-orders that product again.
Apr 24, 2013 11:48PM
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My mom used to take us to the store and repeatedly said no. Pretty sure I wasn't traumatized. Instead we got to pick one candy that was on sale.

 Also I can eat samples of things and not buy it. And I can go to the store and only buy the things i need. Maybe I just have a brain and can think for myself or something. 
Apr 24, 2013 4:23PM
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This again?!?!  WTF, I swear, it's a freakin grocery store.  We could all sleep easier at night if the grocery store wasn't out to get us.  I need food, I go to store, I buy food, repeat on a weekly basis.  Sheesh...
Apr 24, 2013 5:16PM
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About the music - yeah, this works, but if I can't stand the music they are playing I am outta there in a flash . . . it works both ways.   About the samples - what's so difficult about saying "no thanks" to the demo lady . . . .
May 30, 2013 12:24PM
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Of all I see wrong with America, the litle tricks grocery stores use to get me to spend an extra buck or two is a very low priority. Better would be to tell me why Food Stamp unemployed are buying soda, corn chips, cookies, t bone steaks and Lobster tails not paying any tax on it, while real American workers have to make due with far less.
Apr 24, 2013 10:07PM
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Yeah..don't bring your kids along. It might cost you an extra $5 in items that they demand. Instead, pay someone to watch them for an hour. That way it will cost you at least twice as much, and you won't get anything out of it.
May 30, 2013 12:12PM
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This is the SAME ARTICLE MSN posted a few months ago. They're recycling content, which I don't appreciate. I'm just about fed up with MSN.
Apr 25, 2013 10:39AM
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Nothing will entice a person to buy more if they don't have more money to spend!
Apr 24, 2013 8:50PM
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I pretty much only buy the loss leaders at the supermarket, although I bought a gas grill there today.  With the high price of food, I buy a lot of food at the dollar store.
Apr 25, 2013 11:57AM
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Make it easy: eat a nice, full meal BEFORE shopping.  You won't feel tempted to get things beyond those that you know you will need, because you are not hungry.

If I am out and then need to shop, it's worth a buck to get a candy bar somewhere, just to avoid the overshopping problem.  Works every time.

Apr 24, 2013 5:55PM
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What I hate are the bear traps that keep me in the store til I over purchase everything. What a stupid article!!!!
May 30, 2013 12:26PM
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I have walked out of grocery stores which have cluttered their aisles with redundant displays of things which are available elsewhere in the store.
When the store is busy, it means that I get repeatedly stuck behind other shoppers who stop their carts right next to the giant displays, not allowing another cart past.
After 40 or 50 times I get so mad I have left a full cart and walked out.
Also when using coupons, pick what you need and then see if you have a coupon for it, not the other way around.
Apr 24, 2013 4:48PM
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Bingo.....time for Uncle Whiskers to step up to the plate and draft some new Federal Reg's to protect us from ourselves and the mean old wicked grocery industry. In fact how's about a Federal worker stationed at every exit door of every business across America checking to see if we the  "little people" have made the right decisions as to what we have purchased and that the horrible business owners have not screwed us. Call it the new full employment progarm.
May 30, 2013 12:15PM
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It can also work in reverse.  Once I went to Walmart.  They had country music playing.  After a few minutes, I left behind the items I was to pay and left the store.  I immediately proceeded to a store in which I was not subjected to such abuse.
Apr 30, 2013 9:41AM
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I can never get used to the constant changing of foods from one aisle to another.  I drives me away from that store quicker than anything else.  Also, the new "modern" music blasting turns me away.  I can walk into s store and tell when there is a new manager by the way the store is laid out, the music, and the atmosphere of the store.  I can be your best customer or the most "GONE" customer you have.

May 30, 2013 12:25PM
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I only shop at stores with gray, powdered metal grocery carts (turns up nose and walks away from MSN).
Apr 25, 2013 5:47AM
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You have to use control and follow that shopping list !   In our neighborhood that friendly small chain store has expanded to the size of 1 or 2 football fields and now carrys furniture, pots and pans , some clothes and all inner mixed with foodstuffs....I can't do that much walking and of course banking,the coffee shop, the little kids "drop off area" so Mom can get those BARGAINS...they've got us figured out....good luck.
Apr 25, 2013 7:48AM
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You all must look hard for these stores..we just buy groceries in ours. Does MSN think up this stuff all by itself? Pathetic.
May 30, 2013 12:31PM
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There weren't all that many suggestions for saving money except for leaving your kids at home and not buying things you don't need.  (1) Make  a list and stick to it; (2) only add something to your cart that isn't on your list if it is half off it's regular price, and you know how all of it will get used; (3) do not shop hungry and do not eat anything in the store; (4) the snack aisle is forbidden; don't buy anything that is ready-to-eat ( you can buy the ingredients for four salads for the price of once ready-to-eat salad, so it is pure laziness to purchase anything that someone has made for you (and usually fattening).  So in order to save money, shop the sales, don't shop exclusively at one store, and prepare your own food.  The rest is common sense.  Does anybody need to tell you to buy bigger packages?
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