If you don't know that grocery stores are doing things to try to get the most money out of you they can, you're fooling yourself. Here are things to look out for the next time you're shopping.

  1. Putting out samples - The samples alone are more likely to get you to buy something you weren't planning on buying, but they're usually salty, fatty foods that taste good, which makes it even harder to say no.
  2. The have giant shopping carts - If your cart doesn't look full, you're more likely to add more items to fill it up. So they're giving you a larger than needed shopping cart.
  3. Expensive brands at eye level - When you find what you're looking for, you're most likely to buy what is right in front of you. But that stuff is more expensive. If you want to save money, look up and down for the less expensive brands.
  4. The essentials are hidden in the back of the store - There are certain things everyone needs. Eggs, milk, etc. Those are in the back of the store, so you have to walk past everything else on your way back there, which ups the odds of you making an impulse buy.
  5. Tags that say 10 for $10  - Chances are you don't need 10 of a particular item, but that sign will make you think you need to buy 10 in order to get the deal. More often than not, you don't need that many. You'll most likely get the same deal if you buy just two.