Probably, most of us are familiar with the situation: having received a salary, we go to the nearest supermarket and leave a large amount of money there, and returning home, we find that we bought a bunch of completely unnecessary things. Doesn't that happen to you? So you are a happy person! If something like this happens to you almost every week, you should think about what you are doing wrong?
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We will show you how to learn how to profitable shopping, without losing half the salary on the first day. So how do people go shopping who manage to spend on food in 1,5 – 2 times less than everyone else?
They go to the store before closing.
Do not stay in the supermarket - this is not a museum! The longer you walk along the rows, the greater the risk of taking something extra.
For a grocery shopping trip, the time is right before closing the store or shortly before the start of your business day. If you need to return from the supermarket by bus, which runs rarely, it is better to go shopping just before the arrival of transport. The main thing - do not overdo it. Otherwise, you may be left without shopping, being late for work and reprimanded from your superiors.
They artificially limit themselves to money.
After receiving a salary, devote half an hour to the proper distribution of money. They must be enough until the next payday.
Before you go to the supermarket, take a calculator and a piece of paper and count how much money and exactly what you need. Do not take too much! You already run the risk of being seduced by some kind of trinket and spend what remains of the main purchase.
Also, if possible, do not take payment cards with you, especially those with a large amount of money. Better save them for serious purchases. When shopping for groceries, it’s enough to take cash with you, and if you don’t have it, remove a small amount from the card and then go to the cashier to pay for the selected item.
They are constantly looking for discounts and promotions.
Never throw away coupon codes. Next time you can use them and purchase something you need at a lower price. Subscribe to SMS mailing about promotions, so as not to miss the notice of reducing the cost of a product. In addition, information about the duration of the action will help you choose the best time to visit the supermarket.
They do not take a cart
The smaller the package for shopping, the less you can carry with you. Unable to resist taking something unnecessary from the shelves? Take the cart instead of the cart. And if you jumped into the supermarket for a loaf of bread, it’s best not to take anything at all. Such a purchase is not difficult to convey in the hands.
They do not buy semi-finished and sliced
Have you seen beautifully sliced products in the ready-made gastronomy department? In fact, they look quite appetizing. However, they will cost you much more than if you purchased an uncut product. Do not forget: you have everything you need in the kitchen to clean, chop and cook any food yourself.
They buy goods of their own brand trading network
Network supermarkets and hypermarkets often have their own budget brands under which the most diverse products are manufactured. Under the brand "Economy" or "Best Price" you can buy much cheaper products, the quality is not inferior to expensive counterparts from other manufacturers. Moreover, the range of branded goods can be very diverse, ranging from bread and ending with candles, soap and houseplants!
They do not hesitate to put the goods in place
Going through the store and choosing everything you need, think about whether you really need all these products. Perhaps something you took in reserve, and something at all just because now this product has a discount?
If you find something in your basket in which there is no need now, it is better to return and put the goods in place. You will be able to buy it next time (if, of course, remember what you were going to buy), for now, save money for a more important purchase.
They control the work of the cashier
When you stand in line at the cashier, follow these rules:
- moving to the checkout, respect the queue;
- do not allow those behind you to put your purchases on the counter, mixing them with yours: there is a high probability that the cashier will write someone else's purchase on your account;
- read carefully all that is written on the check: sometimes the cashier mistakenly punches one item twice;
- if you give the cashier a coupon code, make sure that the goods you actually sold at a discount (it is usually indicated on the check).
They carry their bags
If the cashier with a kind smile offers you a bag or purse, do not agree. Most likely, there is an additional charge. In addition, an extra bag is another polyethylene, which will then be put in landfills for years.
It is best to go to the store with your fabric bag or straw basket. It is more convenient to carry it, it is more durable, and it looks much more beautiful. In addition, even small savings will not be superfluous either.
They go to the markets
Many products in supermarkets have a much higher markup than private entrepreneurs offer in the markets. That is why buying some products on the market or fair is almost always more profitable. If possible, go to the supermarkets only in case of emergency, and only if you are firmly sure that you will not be able to buy the right product on the market at a low price.