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7 Secrets to Outsmarting Your Supermarket

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


2/7/2011 10:09:25 AM

KB_KABIR's SparkPage
Hmmm...I liked this article. I find that I enjoy walking up and down the aisles because I find it fun. I typically don't buy extra items unless I know how I was going to use or cook with it. Fresh produce is the only place where I allow my whims to spontaneously take over.
1/22/2011 11:12:34 PM

Agree with the previous comment of shopping the perimeter of the store. Also a lot of smaller chains have bins where you can buy bulk lentils, rice, beans, and grains. These are handy to stock up on (reasonably priced) to experiment with some good recipes.
1/22/2011 8:43:23 PM

It great idea, but how do you keep teens or almost teen from getting unhealthy food?
1/22/2011 1:33:29 PM

CAZ5346's SparkPage
Due to a bad hip, my hubby does grocery shopping and YES he brings home a lot of junk food. Since most grocery stores have electric carts I'm going to go with him and get some healthy food.
1/22/2011 7:49:37 AM

Lists, lists, lists! I won't go into the store without one unless I am picking up a single item I forgot or something like that. The store I go to (Wegmans) has a phone app where you can create grocery lists from what they have in the store. It tells you right where everything is so no need to wander. It's great! I mostly shop produce, meats and spices so have no need to go into the isles.

The other thing, besides list, a person should be armed with is the understanding and capability of reading all labels, even on some meats. There is hidden salt and sugar in nearly everything!
11/19/2010 3:15:00 AM

I see desperate mothers going through the routines. I eye point for point all issues you wrote- a profit over their customers health.. I think some people should be ashamed of their selling ethics..
11/12/2010 5:11:54 PM

I made a very clever discovery one day: I spent less money on groceries when I was alone than when I had my husband with me, and even less when I went without my teens.

I realize that shopping alone isn't always an option for everyone and I'm grateful I can do this, but when I'm alone I don't have my husband asking "do you need this?" or "did you get enough of that?" and my teens, well, they don't even ask. Plop, into the cart when I'm not looking and then I get a surprise at the checkout because, well well well, they loaded the card onto the conveyor. Mom didn't catch it until it was through the checkout. I get home and unload groceries and start pulling "foreign objects" out of the bags, wondering where all the junk came from! Sneaky little monkeys, they are!
8/13/2010 2:12:29 PM

I would also add: try and stay away from the aisles. The fresh food is on the perimeter. Think produce, meats, dairy...I know kids like the cookies, etc., but if you can probably make a healthier snack for everyone if you use fresh ingredients. I am starting to make it my habit to not go down the aisle with the cookies, soft drinks or canned food (if possible). My children are older and will say..."Didn't you buy any pop?" Nope...go get it yourself (with your own money), if you want it. Solves that problem (for the moment anyway). Great advice. Thanks.
7/28/2010 2:30:15 PM

RAEANN76's SparkPage
Thanks for the great tips on shopping wisely. However, the comment about "flipping through a magazine" while you're waiting in the checkout line is not a good one. The magazines are not there for your perusal unless you have a serious intent to buy one and want to flip through it. Your local library has magazines for you to flip through without buying. Another idea while waiting: mentally tally your groceries by rounding off and adding them up either in your head or on a piece of paper (using tallies). Many people have no idea how much money is in their grocery cart and if they did, they would probably put some things back on the shelf.
7/19/2010 10:14:18 PM

MELMART89's SparkPage
The hubs and I have been diligently shopping with coupons. We have friends who are fantastic at saving money this way and we are trying to learn from them. Since I am a diabetic I tend to get frustrated in several of the aisles that are full of my weaknesses (chips and cereal). I try to stay away from them as much as possible or let the hubby take care of those aisles. He's WAY more self controlled than I am and its not going in the cart unless he has a coupon for it. Also, I am very lucky to have family nearby that own a farm and supply us with fresh, organic veggies. AND we can get the canned veggies from them if we help harvest...which adds to the exercise points right? Well, maybe not but it makes us feel better when we get out there and sweat. local!
7/19/2010 1:46:12 PM

SKINNYPANDA2015's SparkPage
I love grocery shopping, and I love wandering around looking for new healthy things to try.

This article really hammered home some "live-by" rulse - don't by any of the seasonal crap, stay away from the stuff at the ends of the aisles, and try the generic to see if you like it before buying the name brand.
7/10/2010 10:59:31 AM

XME501's SparkPage
I basically shop in the fresh veggie section, meats, and then pick up milk, bread and cheeses. I stay away from the center of the store - most of the items there are not groceries anyway.
Some items I pick up regularly at WalMart - same item but much less expensive. And, there I do not think of it as grocery shopping, so do not tend to pick up other items.
Good ideas here and good reminders.
5/14/2010 11:57:02 AM

MOMELA79's SparkPage
I avoid thinking in the grocery store. I use the nutrition tracker to plan my meals for the whole week, then I use the grocery list. It's one of my favorite things about Sparkpeople. I only think about getting what's on the list. Nothing else.
3/31/2010 1:16:24 PM

gretat ideas and helpful for next grocery trip. Thank you.
3/27/2010 5:32:01 PM

This is a great article and a lot of these articles have helped me in the grocery store. When I am in the check out line I do get my groceries in order on the belt and the only thing I put in my pile while waiting is a pack of sugar free chewing gum. I have learned a lot of helpful information in articles like these. Keep on educating us for life. Thanks!

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