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Beat the Grocery Stores At Their Own Game! (Part 2)

I hope you read my previous article about the sneaky tricks that grocery stores are using to grab every last dollar from you as a customer…

Well, today, I’m going to go even further and show you how to sidestep those tactics and come up with a strategy of your own that stretches your shopping dollar by miles…

First up, I’ll show you one of the oldest tricks in the book…

And it’s still being used today because it works so well. What I’m talking about is…

The Old “Empty Box” Trick

aisle with cereal boxes

One of the most insidious tactics that supermarkets and food manufacturers use is the old “empty box” trick…

What that means is that you’ll have two similar products side by side on a shelf, but one box will be bigger and slightly more expensive…

Your initial reaction will be to think that the bigger box contains more quantity…

And because the difference in prices will be relatively small, it makes sense to buy the bigger box for a few cents more and get more food.

Seems simple, right?

I hate to say it, but you might want to take a closer look at the boxes

That’s because there’s a good chance that the bigger, more expensive box has either the same amount or even LESS product than the smaller box…

So essentially, you’re paying for the air inside the box – not a great deal, is it?

The Solution

Always make sure to compare the weights on similar products to ensure you’re getting the best value.

What I do is simply use my phone’s calculator whenever I’m unsure, but I’ve heard that there are also apps out there that will make it even easier…

Just don’t be fooled into paying more for an empty box.

Here’s another common way supermarkets try to get you to buy overpriced goods…

Disguising Higher Prices as Sales

man walking through the grocery store surrounded by sales

Do you know what endcaps are?

If not, they’re the end of the aisles where you’ll see promotional products and items that are supposedly on sale…

But here’s the thing – as with shelf placement from my previous article, endcaps are paid marketing.

Manufacturers and distributors pay to have their products featured on these endcaps. That’s because they have extremely high visibility and result in more sales…

However, the truth is that the savings they seem to offer may not be real at all…

The Solution

Before you buy something from an endcap display, check the same item on regular aisles and do an apples-to-apples comparison.

Many endcap promotions are bigger in quantity and have a higher per weight price than smaller versions on the aisle, so if you really want the product, make sure that you’re paying the best price available.

Now onto the biggest way to save money at the grocery store…

Loyalty Programs and Supermarket Cards

woman with shopping cart looking at products

I’m sure you’ve come across grocery stores loyalty programs – it seems like nowadays, every supermarket has one…

And there’s a nefarious idea behind them…

You see, these programs were invented to try and get you to shop at one store exclusively, which often negates the savings you could find by shopping around…

And the unfortunate truth is that they work.

However, I’ll show you a better way in the next section to turn the tables on loyalty programs while still getting the best deals.

For now, though, if you want the best prices, then you’ll need to sign up for the loyalty programs at every grocery store where you shop…

You can also download apps to be notified of deals, but I prefer exploring the store itself to discover reductions that may not be advertised.

Simply using your loyalty card can result in considerable savings, but that’s because prices are often exaggerated for non-card holders…

Most stores will give you points, gas credit, or other perks that save you more money down the road…

Fortunately, there’s another trick to put these loyalty programs to work for you…

Price Matching – The Hidden Grocery Store Hack

cashier smiling

You’ve probably heard of price matching from big box stores like Best Buy and Target…

But did you know that grocery stores will also price match?

Note that not all chains will do this, but you’ll be surprised how many will. On your next shopping trip, simply ask the manager on duty if they honor price-matching…

And if they don’t, then you may want to consider spending your dollars at a competitor…

That’s because price matching can save you tons without requiring trips to each individual grocery store.

What I suggest is to keep a running list of the foods you buy on a regular basis and before each grocery store trip, compare the prices online. Chances are high that you’ll find a lower price than what’s at your preferred store.

Not only that but with the loyalty program apps and simply by looking online, you can find other foods and products that are on sale at other stores.

The end result of all this is that when you go shopping, you’ll be making only one stop…

There, at your favorite grocery store, you’ll use your loyalty card to rack up more points, AND use price matching to make the supermarket earn your money…

Sure, checking out will take a bit longer than usual, but it’s still a lot of time saved when you compare going to other stores to get the same products.

What’s Your Favorite Money-Saving Supermarket Strategy?

grocery store aisles

Over the last two articles, I’ve shown you the devious manipulations that grocery stores use, as well as how to beat them…

However, these are only the solutions that I’ve come up with myself…

And I’m sure you probably have some tricks up your sleeve as well…

If so, I’d love to hear them – comment below and let me know your personal hacks for saving time and money while grocery shopping…

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