29 Things Your Grocer Won’t Tell You
Get smarter about grocery shopping. These tips could change your family shopping—and eating—habits.
What your grocer isn’t telling you
Whether you know them by name, or it’s your first time in a new grocery store, those workers with colorful smocks and name tags aren’t about to spill all their best kept, on-the-job secrets. Luckily, Reader’s Digest was able to convince a few experts to fill us in on what the people behind the scenes know about grocery shopping.
Get it while it’s fresh
Go ahead and reach way back for the fresh milk. Everybody does. Here’s the real reason grocery stores put the milk all the way in the back of the store.
Save time…and money
Coupons with a bar code are easy to scan. The other ones take an eternity. But if you’re willing to wait, be our guest.
Wacky produce lovers, be warned
That star fruit has been here a lot longer than the broccoli. Familiar produce turns over more quickly than exotic things. Here’s the truth about why your grocery store sprays the produce.
The more products you see…
…the more you are likely to buy. That’s why the aisles are so long and the milk is usually in the far corner. —Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat. Here are some more supermarket tricks you probably fall for.
Like employees with a good attitude?
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Shop at chains that are employee-owned, suggest customer-satisfaction surveys. When employees have a stake in the profits, it shows in their attitude. These are the 10 jobs that have the happiest workers.
I’m not just selling groceries…
…I’m selling real estate. Look high and low—literally—for good values from smaller manufacturers who can’t afford to stock their products in the eye-level sweet spot. Plus, consider just making these 14 overpriced grocery store foods at home.