Each week the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets fill up, but our pockets are emptied more often than necessary. A visit to the supermarket is necessary but unfortunately costly, since a walk around the aisles is enough for us tlo buy a lot of goods, which we do not need and then the bill at the cash desk can bring us a heart attack.
And if you think that it is only your fault and that you just have a weak character and yield to the tempting goods placed in front of you in attractive packaging, you should rethink, because supermarkets make us buy more in various ways: by playing relaxing music, which makes us walk quietly around the aisles, rather than shopping in a hurry and vigorously, they have placed candies and sweet products on the lower shelves in order to make them easily accessible to young children, who can turn the whole supermarket upside-down if we do not buy them a candy, they make promotions and urge us to buy things we do not need, just because they make us believe they are worth it, etc.
And although the supermarket will always be on the list of our expenses, the money we spend in it can be reduced as long as we implement some techniques that will help us to not empty our pockets for no reason.
In the supermarket move in the right order
Reasonable consumers know that fresh meat, dairy products, fruits and vegetables are usually placed in a semicircle at the end of the supermarket. And vice versa - the processed products, which are more expensive and high in saturated fats, are found on upper floors or in the aisles on the sides. So if you move in a semicircle towards the end of the supermarket, you will find your cart filled only with healthy but also cheaper products and you will save up to 10 Euros every time from chocolates, biscuits, cakes, sauces, and other processed products that simply will not end up in front of your eyes.
Do market research
According to a study published recently by the Secretary of Trade Stefanos Komninos, reports show that the prices of the same products vary up to 10 percent in different supermarkets. So compare the prices in nearby supermarkets and consider that if you choose a cheaper chain you can achieve a difference in your final bill of up to 10-15 Euros per week, i.e. 750 per year.
Shop... when you are full
How many times have you reached the counter with sausages just because you became a "victim" of your nose and not because they were listed in your shopping list? It is clear that when we enter the supermarket hungry, we are more vulnerable to yield to the temptations of sausages, pastries and other foods that seem to us much more appetizing than usual.
Buy fruits and vegetables according to the season
Seasonal fruits and vegetables, which ripen in the current season, normally have lower prices than imported or greenhouse ones because supermarkets want to sell them quickly so that they won’t stay on the shelves and go rotten. Choose them and it will do good both to your pocket and your health.
Do not take your children with you
As we all know when a child is facing the shelf full of chocolates, candies, pastries and biscuits, he considers it natural to get some, and if this does not happen he is liable to whine, until finally you will almost run out of the supermarket, because other customers will be frowning and be closing their ears. Therefore prefer to shop alone, in order to avoid similar situations that will fill your bags with sweets and will add 5 Euros to your bill.
As many times as possible try to replace meat with something else
Instead of filling up your freezer with meat sometimes choose healthy and cheap alternatives - legumes and cereals, so that you can obtain proteins of high biological value. Pulses are rich in fiber, they are filling and mixing them with rice will provide you with the necessary nutrients and give you a break from meat. They will also reduce your costs at the supermarket by about 5 Euros per week.
Prepare a shopping list in advance
Do you need cheese, potatoes and milk? Take a sheet of paper and write them down, so that when you get to the supermarket you know exactly where to go and what to buy. Otherwise your visit to the supermarket becomes a walk and instead of cheese, potatoes and milk, you'll go home with 2 chocolate bars + 1 free, a bag of frozen patties, patties with ham and cheese, cheese, potatoes, and you will realize you have forgotten the milk.
It is preferable to shop fewer times and to buy more things than more frequently and buy fewer things
Every time you enter the supermarket, this is another opportunity to spend money, and the more often you enter, the more likely you are to buy food and other products that you do not need. Limit visits and shopping to once a week (or less) when you buy more things instead of walking often with the intention to buy fewer things, but ultimately you leave with a full basket. Furthermore, the emptier your basket is, the more you feel that there is space to fill it up, something, which will not happen when you fill it up during your planned visit.
Apply one or more of the tricks we have suggested, whenever you go to the supermarket and make a note of your expenses for a month. If you compare the costs of previous visits to the supermarket, you will find that if you are serious about saving money such tricks can save you up to 20 Euros per visit.