How To Hack The Supermarket Shopping Experience

NEW YORK (MoneyTalksNews) —Grocery list? Check. Coupons? Got ‘em. Eat a snack so you won’t shop hungry? Done. Mentally prepared to resist impulse buys? Totally.

Now you’re properly prepared for your weekly trip to the supermarket. Or are you?

No matter how hard you try, supermarkets often find a way to eat up more of your budget than you bargained for. Don’t feel bad. Today’s modern supermarket is less a store than a micro-managed, computerized retail laboratory whose sole purpose is getting you to part with as much cash as possible.

In this video, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson talks about the tricks of the supermarket trade. Watch it, then read on to see other grocery store gimmicks and how you can avoid them.

1. Store layout

It’s no coincidence that staples like milk, bread, and eggs are placed in vastly different locations within the store, and nowhere near the entrance.

Is it possible you can run a gauntlet of 10,000 impulse buys on your way to the milk without succumbing? Sure. Is it likely? No.

Solution: Only go to the store when you really need a restroom. That way when you run the gauntlet, you’ll actually run it.

2. Grouping foods that go together

You spot a bag of some heavily-advertised tortilla chips. That’s OK – you’ve got a coupon. Too bad you don’t have one for those jars of salsa sitting next to them.

In the blink of an eye, they’re both in your cart. So much for that carefully planned list. Solution: Wear these “anti-ogle goggles” and you’ll only be able to see what’s directly in front of you.

3. Sweet smells

It’s a secret real estate agents have known for years: The smell of freshly-baked cookies can help turn an open house into your next home.

If the smell of fresh-baked cookies will persuade you to drop $200,000 on a house, how are you supposed to resist dropping $4.95 on fresh-baked cookies?