The 14 mistakes not to make at the grocery store

If you multiply mistakes and bad habits of consumption in the grocery store, your grocery bill may inflate without you even realizing it. In order to help you save money, I tell you what are the worst mistakes you can make when it comes time to make your order at the grocery store.

1. Go to the grocery store on an empty stomach!

A classic mistake that we forget too often. By going groceries on an empty stomach we tend to buy more because we seek to fill one of our primary needs, feed, then we buy more items ready to eat or snack food that will be consumed immediately at the exit of the grocery store to fill his hunger.

2. Do not make a grocery list.

By not making a grocery list, it's as if you do not have a clear purchase plan, so you risk missing items or worse than your planned grocery bill. I invite you to lime my last article where I reveal to you how I make my grocery list.

3. Buy in large quantities.

This error is the starting point of a major problem, waste! This is especially true for fruits and vegetables because we tend to tell ourselves that fruit and vegetables are good for health so why to deprive yourself. The problem is that too often the fruit and vegetables lose their freshness quickly and ends up in the trash instead of being eaten ... so before buying perishable products, ask yourself if you will have time to eat everything before your next grocery store!

4. Buy a product because there is a coupon on it, but forget to use it at the checkout.

How many times a year do you feel tempted by one more expensive product than another because there is a discount coupon sticking to the package? We say here is a good opportunity to try a new product, but too often we come home and we realize that the cashier to pass the item without using the coupon that was affixed to the product! so come to the checkout make sure you take off the coupons for these products, otherwise, you will pay the full price!

5. Trust the labels to know if you are doing a good deal.

The grocery store and department store have become masters in the art of making you believe that you are doing a good business. Too often we see big labels of garish color that displays "Super Bargain", "LOW PRICE". We could believe that the item is on sale, but it is not if we look under the label we realize that despite all this paraphernalia, the product is at regular prices. Open the eye!

6. Go to the grocery store at the busiest times.

By going to the grocery store at the busiest times, you increase your stress level and may wait longer at checkouts. In addition to taking more time for your order, you also take less time to compare prices to not be in the legs of other customers. On average, the busiest hours at the grocery store are from 3 pm to 6 pm Monday to Saturday and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday. The most popular days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday so think about it, go grocery shopping on weekdays early in the morning or late at night, there are no crowds, parking lots do not overflow and you can really take the time to do our groceries!

7. Go to the grocery store the wrong day.

There are two types of bad days, big sporting event days where you risk falling on empty shelves (eg chicken wings on the day of the Super Bowl) and holidays, it is close then you will have to wait until the next day or visit the nearest convenience store.

8. Shop for bargains at the wrong time.

Those who like to save money on certain products to make reservations, know that it is important to go grocery shopping on Thursday ... the day or the new discount offers flyers arrive in store. Often new offers that get cheap or almost free products with discount coupons fly away quickly, so the sooner you arrive to take advantage of these deals, the more likely you are to find what you want on the shelves.

9. Do not ask for a delay.

Too often when a product is out of stock, we go our way saying that we probably miss a good deal, but did you know that you can ask for a good delay in order to get the product you wanted at the same price when it will be back on the shelves.

10. Buy fruits and vegetable products out of season.

When buying off-season products, we often pay more because the supply is smaller than the demand, which inflates prices. By knowing more about the fruits and vegetables and the time they are available you increase the chances of lowering the cost of your grocery bill. A tool that I like to use is the practical calendar of fruits and vegetables of the season, go see that!

11. Lift your nose on alternatives.

Do not be closed to new brands or private labels, very often they can offer a product equivalent to a lower price than the big popular brands. As they say, if we do not try it .. We do not know!

12. Do not check the unit price (Rs. / un.) And weight (Rs. / 100g).

What a mistake to always go to the cheapest product without first comparing the unit price or the price per 100g. Often, products sell a little less than another, but it does not offer the same amount (especially in frozen products, they hide the real product inside a box of the same size, it then it's easy to fall into the trap!). You find the unit price or the price per 100g on the price tag. Unfortunately, too often the ones do not display it, especially when the product is special.

13. Forgetting or not checking coupons.

If you do not look for coupons before going to the grocery store, you make a huge mistake, these companies strive to offer you discounts on the product, use it at the right time and especially do not forget not at home is money fast!

14. Take a basket bigger than our needs.

The more you can carry things easily to the grocery store, the more we will be tempted to fill it, if you plan to do a small grocery store, opt for the basket or the half basket when it is full you may have bought everything you need.

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—    Mihia Iyer