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 9, 2013 10:33PM
I *hate* when stores have the winding, turning aisles. They don't encourage me to buy more. They encourage me to leave because it's too much of annoying shopping experience to stay.
Apr 9, 2013 11:18PM
Have lunch before you go shopping hungry customers buy more
Apr 10, 2013 5:33AM
The constant rearranging of the aisles so you have to spend more time hunting for what you want gets me.  Every time I go into the store thinking I know where to find the bread...they are in the process or just finished rearranging everything "for my convenience" and I have to wander through 3 or 4 different aisles to find what I used to be able to head straight to.....

Apr 10, 2013 8:05AM
A word about the sample lady:   Take your sample and MOVE ON.  Other people come to the store to shop, not feed their kids lunch from the sample booths.  You are and look like the cheap mooch you are when you clog up the aisles with you, your brood and your shopping cart.  Just get your freebie and move on and feed your children someplace OTHER than the sample booths.
Apr 9, 2013 10:12PM
I only buy the loss leaders and absolute essentials.  Stores hate me.  LOL!
Apr 10, 2013 12:49PM

My wife and I shop most often after breakfast and rarely use coupons, as many that we find are not for things that we would buy anyway. First rule of coupons is don't buy something with one that you would not use anyway. We shop the sales and stock up on what we can. We do walk most of the aisles in part just to walk. Many times the list is only what is restocking what we used in the last week and then we look to see what is on sale to cook in the meats that week.

Apr 10, 2013 3:44PM
I always try to go in the morning before the other stores open.  I find that if I go after 10 am, I am in the grocery store 20 minutes longer because a) more people obviously b) you have more of ignorant jackass 1 parking his cart in the middle of the aisle while they can't decide on what they want. c) you have ignorant jackass 2 taking 15 minutes at the deli because they have to sample everything they think they might want to buy and d) you have ignorant jackass 3 that can't figure out how to navigate a parking lot without holding up 10 other people.
Apr 14, 2013 1:13PM
I absolutely despise cashiers 'panhandling' at the register..."Would you like to donate... (insert monetary amount here)... to save the (enter the bogus charity here)....Then, on the way out, even MORE panhandlers hit ya up  for as much money as they can get so they can get whatever it is they want that particular day.
Apr 10, 2013 8:21AM
the grocery stores near me stays open until 11pm - when possible I like to shop as late at night as possible because that's when the freaks, weirdos and psychos do their grocery shopping.
Apr 10, 2013 7:57AM
Heaven forbid grocery stores actually attempt to keep their doors open by being profitable!
Apr 10, 2013 12:17PM

You missed a big one the 2 for $3.00 or 3 for a dollar. 

Generally people will pick up what the special price says, but if I only need one I will get it for $1.50 or .34.  The grocer game is to get you to puck up more than you need

Apr 10, 2013 12:20PM

I tend to purchase store brands rather than name brands, they are usaually fillind in the same factories, and even with double coupons on the name brand I tend to get a better price on the store brand.

The best advice is try a smaller sample to see if you like it before buying the supersize bag


Apr 10, 2013 6:25PM

Coupons for grocery shopping are good for things like shampoo and frozen dinners. However, fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, milk, meat, butter and eggs almost never have coupons apply to them. You have to be very strategic to save much of anything on fresh food staples. Sigh.

Apr 10, 2013 11:24AM
 know all those tricks plus the brightly colored packages, the nice red color in the meat, and the trick of putting expensive items in the check outs. I don't fall for the tricks I when I go in the supermarkets I'm there to get out and get only what I need. 
Apr 10, 2013 3:50PM
This is all common sense that most people that have been shopping for a few years already know.  If you didn't know, then the rest of us are counting on you to keep making impulse purchases to keep the profit margins up at the stores so they don't have to raise prices.
Apr 9, 2013 10:26PM
I have noticed that they don't have the small shopping baskets available anymore.  Cart or else!
Apr 9, 2013 9:33PM
Well?!, don't let it go to your head, only you know what's right for you regardless what the retailers are doing. I buy stuff too expensive because I crave it and has nothing to do with grocery store gimmicks. In light of it all I have to laugh at some grocery store gimmicks because it seems so obvious.
Apr 10, 2013 3:38PM

Whoever you bring to the grocery store makes no difference. You go with your shopping list and just buy what is on it. To save more, use refund world magazine for rebates on many products.

Price match at Target and Walmart and make only one trip for food and other groceries . Just take your local ads to these two stores and enjoy the savings.

Apr 10, 2013 4:25PM

I always spend more when I smoke a joint before shopping!

Apr 10, 2013 11:05AM

WTF, it's a grocery store.  You go there to buy food.  Even if you over-spend you are still going to eat what you buy.  This is so stupid anymore.

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