Supermarkets are great and extremely convenient, long gone are the days where we needed to go to multiple shops for bread, milk, meat etc, not it’s all under one roof. However, as the years have gone on the supermarkets have come up with various ways to trap the consumer into buying, there are also various ways in which we can get the most out of our shopping experience with the supermarkets, so here are some hints and tips to ensure you aren’t fooled and get your money’s worth.
Don’t Be Fooled By The Bakery
Supermarket bakeries are another convenient aspect to the supermarket experience. But be careful, when you smell the scent of fresh bread try not to impulse buy. The location of the bakery is strategically placed at an opposite end of the store, this way the smell of bread will drag you through the store, the more you see the more you want to buy. Also, a lot of the bread is in fact not even fresh, but brought in frozen and then simply backed off in the store. So don’t be fooled by offers of “fresh bread” next time you go shopping. Change your habit and get your bread from somewhere cheaper where it is actually fresh, like a genuine bakery store for example.
Check Other Places For New Varieties
Supermarkets usually have agreements with various wholesalers and brands regarding exactly what they sell, this will change on occasion as new agreements are signed, but for the most part they’re far slower than online retailers to change their internal inventories. For example, you can get new variety flavours of instant porridge online that you simply cannot get in local supermarkets, if you fancy something new, go somewhere different, don’t try to buy something different in your local.
If you’re in the market for a reduction or two, then make sure you visit the supermarket at the right time. They would rather items sell for a lower price than be thrown away for nothing. The fresh and frozen items usually start being reduced from around 3-5. If you’re in the store during this time you can get a great deal on that days evening meal.
Use A List
Even if it’s entered on your smartphone it can make a huge different. If you don’t want to be tempted by fresh doughnuts and special offers try to adhere to the list you have, tick it off as you go and get out of the store as quickly as possible. It’ll stop you impulse buying. If you are an impulse buyer then perhaps you can set yourself a budget in conjunction with the list, by doing this, it will allow you one or two additionals, but will stop you going overboard with your spending.
Be Careful With Promotions
Promotions can be a great thing, and you can forgive yourself an impulse buy if you really are getting a great offer. But that’s the thing, how do you know? Usually supermarkets are quite sneaky, and will bump up the price of something only so it can reduce it down the following week for what it really wants to sell it at, this is most certainly the case with electronics. If you’re thinking about buying something, ask a member of staff how much it was before the promotion, they’ll check and tell you, it might still be a good deal, but you should shop around just in case, don’t be lured by the promotion sign.