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7 Secrets to Outsmarting Your Supermarket

Look Past the Super Marketing to Protect Your Wallet and Your Waistline

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3/8/2017 10:19:15 AM

LINDYINDA's SparkPage
Good advice. I've done the sampling when in Sam's club. Christmas hubby wanted the cheesecake we sampled to take to the dinner on Christmas day. At least we shared it.
2/16/2017 11:58:56 AM

EBCOOKSGOOD's SparkPage
Once I learned I was diabetic, I stopped buying and eating sweets. Just like that. I can walk right by the Entemann's or Fritos or whatever isn't healthy like it isn't even there. My dietician lets me have a small square of unfrosted cake (which I bake myself) Friday night and Saturday lunch to celebrate the Sabbath. Otherwise, I eat no cake, no snack foods, no soda, etc. during the rest of the week. And I'm not even tempted. I try to find recipes that feature veggies, poultry, and fish. I still have issues with portion control, but at least the foods I do eat are the ones I should be eating: whole grains, poultry (skin off), fruits, veggies, water, etc. I eat pretty few prepared foods so that I can control the sodium, too. As soon as this Bell's palsy clears up, I want to enroll in exercise classes. I'm starting to walk more again on nice days. Hey---I'm TRYING!
1/28/2017 8:35:38 PM

CAROL0512's SparkPage
In winter when I have a bulky coat I place the coat in the cart. This "fills up" the cart and helps me to buy less.
1/7/2017 11:54:28 AM

ALILDUCKLING's SparkPage
I enjoy grocery shopping and do use a list. I also eat samples and try to count them in my Nut stats for the day.
1/4/2017 11:58:25 AM

MONTANAFOCUS's SparkPage
Great ideas. Some were new to me, some not. Heading to the store today so this will be a wonderful challenge. I'm in!.
12/15/2016 9:33:42 AM

DOTBVAR's SparkPage
Loved the article. Nice to be reminded to stand firm in the grocery store and not give in to impulse buying. Need to strengthen both my self-determination as well as my finances.
12/2/2016 5:03:11 AM

TUKARAMA's SparkPage
As for the free samples... our grocery stores only give out free wine, brandy, and rum. No food. And I will log it in my tracker - but free booze?! Yeah, you know it!
11/24/2016 8:08:07 AM

SOXENDINE18's SparkPage
All common sense things we all probably already know to do,but don't. Great to be reminded so it becomes an everyday lifestyle habit though.
10/5/2016 3:46:59 PM

LVNKNIT's SparkPage
THIS was a great article, seems like common sense, but it isn't always easy to avoid the "traps" and manipulations!
9/27/2016 5:17:22 AM

CLEOALLEN's SparkPage
I only go down the aisles that have items that are on my list. That way I am not tempted to buy things I don't want to.
8/28/2016 1:52:44 PM

FUNKYG1's SparkPage
One of the things I have learned through my weight loss journey is to shop the perimeter of the store first. My supermarket opens to the produce section so I shop there first then the dairy, meat and finally the deli (not that I buy anything there) but it right by the bread aisle. IF I still need anything I then go to the aisles. Coffee, Tea, soup for hubby, some juices, etc. are in the aisles. Shopping the perimeter usually gives me all I need for the next week. As an old TV ad proclaimed "Try it, you'll like it".
7/27/2016 7:23:05 AM

SPECPAPA2's SparkPage
This is my second trip on Spark. Grocery shopping FROM A LIST and timing your trip with the goals of Sticking to the list and spending the least amount of time in the store. I shop the Walmart Neighborhood Market and I list shop. I also uses their app for submitting my receipt so they give me money back if competitors are lower. 22 local competitors show up on the comparison. I don't need coupons and I don't have to shop multiple stores or read ads. Try it. You'll love it.
5/23/2016 1:28:39 PM

VERNSKIDS's SparkPage
I love the 'Boycott the Bakery' line. I normally can smell the fresh baked bread or donuts if I go grocery shopping in the morning.
I now know how to avoid those temptations.
5/17/2016 11:28:34 AM

ROSALIND_LE_MEW's SparkPage
I find sometimes you have to shop with metaphorical blinders on - for me that's a well thought out and clearly written grocery list and an absolute limit on how much I can spend.
ROSENDALE52
5/17/2016 10:16:30 AM

I like all the Battle plans . .

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