We’d all like to save a little money, right? Groceries account for a big chunk of most people’s budgets, but few of us stop to consider all the little ways we’re paying more and getting less value when we fill up our shopping carts. These common grocery shopping mistakes may seem minor, but they add up over time.
Check out our top 20 tips to be a winner at the grocery store—your wallet will thank you!
20. Skipping Self-Checkout
There’s a simple reason why self-checkout will save you money at the grocery store. Because you don’t have to wait in line for as long near the shelves stocked with impulse items, you’re much less likely to grab candy, chips, sodas, and magazines. Those items have the highest markups, so avoid the lines and breeze through checkout!
19. Avoiding Online Ordering
An even more effective way to cut down on impulse buys is to pre-order your groceries online and pick them up at the store. Several chains, such as Wal-Mart, have curbside pickup these days. You can shop from your phone or computer, double-check your list, and schedule a pickup—usually on the same day. An employee will pull your items and bring them to your car.