Grocery stores are setup very strategically. There is a definite rhyme and reason for the layout. Here are some helpful guidelines  to remember when shopping:

    • Make a list before you go. If not, you’ll end up buying items you already have, thinking you don’t have them, or you will forget to buy items that you need. Even worse, you will be tempted to purchase other items that look enticing but that you don’t really need.


    • Try not to go shopping on an empty stomach.  When you while hungry, everything looks yummy to you. As your hunger increases, your bill likely will as well.


    • Have you ever noticed the middle of a grocery store never contains fresh produce? If you want to eat healthier, gravitate to the outer edge of the store.  This is where all the fresh produce is located, along with most unprocessed foods such as meats, milk, eggs, and frozen vegetables.


    • The inner aisles contain the shiny packaging filled with tasty, processed foods that we all tend to crave but don’t really need.  These are the foods we gravitate towards when we need a little comfort or pick-me-up. Examples include the potato chips, cookies, and sodas. So stay away if you’re filling blue.


    • When walking down the aisles, the items at eye level are generally not as healthy for you and are typically more expensive than the ones up above or below that you have to reach to grab.


    • Check out your local store’s coupon policies. Consider shopping on days when they double coupons. For example, a local grocery store doubles coupon up to $0.99 everyday and up to $1.00 on Wednesdays.


    • Some stores offer manager’s specials as the foods get closer to their expiration date or as new inventory comes in. This is great way to save a little money on more expensive items.


Did you ever think that the store incorporated so much strategy? Next time you go grocery shopping, think about these guidelines for a smarter shopping experience.