13 Things Your Grocer Won’t Tell You
With so many products and options at your fingertips when you go to the grocery store, we have 13 secrets from a grocer that might just help you make your choices a little easier.
1. Pick the Coupons With A Barcode
They are the easiest to scan. The other ones can take an eternity, but if you (and everyone in line behind you) are willing to wait, it could mean even more savings in your pocket.
3. If You Hate Crowds and Lines, Shop at Dinnertime
Beat the crowds by doing your shopping between 5 to 9 p.m. or even later. Only 4 percent of shoppers hit the aisles between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Looking for the least-crowded day of the week? Go on a Wednesday.
4. Some Items Have Been There (a lot) Longer Than Others
That starfruit has been on the shelf a lot longer than the broccoli. The reason is that familiar produce turns over more quickly while exotic items tend to stay on the shelf a bit longer.
6. Employees At Chains Could Be More Friendly
Shop at chains that are employee-owned, suggest customer-satisfaction surveys. When employees have a stake in the profits, it shows in their attitude.
7. Don’t Be A Grazer
The ‘grazers’ order food at the deli, eat it as they’re shopping, and get rid of the wrappers before they check out. We also call that stealing.
9.We’re Marketing Your Kids, Too
That’s why we put the rainbow-coloured cereals and other kiddie catnip at their eye level.
10. Be Wary of Special Offers
When people see signs with numbers such as ‘8 for $10!’ or ‘Limit: 5 per customer’, they buy 30 to 100 percent more than they otherwise might have!
12. You’ll Throw A Lot of It Out
Even when you walk out of the grocery store, full of best intentions, you’ll still end up throwing about 12 percent of it out. Try planning your meals ahead of time to avoid wasting food and money.