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10 Money-Saving Secrets From Supermarket Employees

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 November 2019 09:53 AM

When it comes to grocery shopping, the world seems to be divided into two groups of people. You have the shoppers who rush off to the store with a list in hand, grabbing what they can from the shelves and then making a beeline for the exit after paying as quickly as possible. Then you have the shoppers who spend ages in the store scouring the aisles for deals and discounts.

There is a middle ground, though. You don't need to spend hours in a store to save cash and score big on quality foods, and these 10 secret tips from supermarket employees, as told to Eat This, Not That!, can help you on your way.

  1. Get there early. The best time to hit the stores is earlier in the day, when you are most likely to get the freshest produce — and avoid the crowds. "Shopping earlier in the day can help to avoid busy rush-hour business and allow the ability/time to pick the best products on the stand before someone else beats you to it," explains Sprouts Farmers Market spokesperson Diego Romero.
  2. Look deeper. The freshest items tend to be at the back of the shelves. This is because many stores rotate products so that the older items that are nearing their sell-by dates are placed at the front.
  3. Organic is not always fresher. An organic label is not an indicator of how fresh an item is. "Organic is not fresher or less fresh than conventional, it's all how it was handled and how long it was in transit," one unnamed grocery store owner says.
  4. Cheap is not always bad. Not all items marked down are about to expire. Sometimes it just means that there is a surplus of a certain product. "When the price is the cheapest that's also when the quality is the highest," an unnamed grocery store owner of produce explains.
  5. Ask for samples. Some stores will allow you to sample a product that you are curious about before buying it. Danna Robinson, a communication manager for Harris Teeter, reveals how their "Green Thumb experts are happy to slice a sample of any fruit or vegetable, offer tips and recipes and help shoppers find what they need."
  6. Have a plan. Preparing a shopping list beforehand means you are less likely to fill your basket with items you do not need — and forget the ones you do need.
  7. Go online. Chances are, your local grocery store lists weekly sales on its website. Do not underestimate just how much you can save by planning your shopping list around these deals.
  8. Try different brands. Many shoppers are in the habit of sticking to a specific brand, even when there is a massive price difference between brands. Ditch the brand loyalty and your bank account will thank you.
  9. Don't be afraid to ask. Employees at your local grocery store may have some useful tips to share and may help you find the best quality products. A perfect example is the butcher, who can recommend meat seasoning, custom cuts, and help you place special orders.
  10. Shop around. You may know your local grocery store like the back of your hand and it may be convenient to shop there, but doing so may mean you are missing out on better deals elsewhere. Broaden your horizons and shop around a bit.

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You don't need to spend hours in a grocery store to save cash and score big on quality foods. These 10 secret tips from supermarket employees can help you on your way.
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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 09:53 AM
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