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20 Ways Supermarkets Trick You Into Spending More Money Gallery

The Daily Meal Logo By Kathleen Collins of The Daily Meal | Slide 1 of 21: Going grocery shopping is one of those things we usually don’t give much thought to. We grab our shopping list, choose our cart, walk around the store, pick out the food we want, pay, and leave. But in reality, every supermarket is a well-oiled machine, hell-bent on getting you to spend as much money as possible without even realizing it. They’re got a few tricks up their sleeves to make sure that happens.
The typical supermarket sells more than 50,000 items, and getting them onto the shelves, keeping them in stock, and selling them before they expire can be a Herculean task. There’s meat and the deli counter on one side, fresh fruit and vegetables on the other, bread in the corner, eggs and dairy in the back, and packaged goods taking up the shelf space in the middle. And while it might all look like chaos, the layouts are actually very scientific, and everything is where it is for a reason.
Giving the customer the impression that everything is as fresh as possible is a major priority of supermarkets, as is making as much money as possible. Supermarket companies have had decades to perfect their methods of convincing you to buy the slightly more expensive item, to make that impulse purchase in the checkout aisle, to buy more fruit and vegetables than you probably need — and they’re very, very good at getting you to part with your money. Read on to learn about 10 tried-and-true tactics they use, and remember the two rules of thumb for not overspending while grocery shopping: Don’t shop hungry, and stick to your list.

20 Ways Supermarkets Trick You Into Spending More Money

Going grocery shopping is one of those things we usually don’t give much thought to. We grab our shopping list, choose our cart, walk around the store, pick out the food we want, pay, and leave. But in reality, every supermarket is a well-oiled machine, hell-bent on getting you to spend as much money as possible without even realizing it. They’re got a few tricks up their sleeves to make sure that happens.

The typical supermarket sells more than 50,000 items, and getting them onto the shelves, keeping them in stock, and selling them before they expire can be a Herculean task. There’s meat and the deli counter on one side, fresh fruit and vegetables on the other, bread in the corner, eggs and dairy in the back, and packaged goods taking up the shelf space in the middle. And while it might all look like chaos, the layouts are actually very scientific, and everything is where it is for a reason.

Giving the customer the impression that everything is as fresh as possible is a major priority of supermarkets, as is making as much money as possible. Supermarket companies have had decades to perfect their methods of convincing you to buy the slightly more expensive item, to make that impulse purchase in the checkout aisle, to buy more fruit and vegetables than you probably need — and they’re very, very good at getting you to part with your money. Read on to learn about 10 tried-and-true tactics they use, and remember the two rules of thumb for not overspending while grocery shopping: Don’t shop hungry, and stick to your list.

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