29 Things Your Grocer Won’t Tell You
Get smarter about grocery shopping. These tips could change your family shopping—and eating—habits.
The baby formula is locked up because…
…thieves resell it on the black market. Ditto for the cough and cold medications, smoking-cessation products, razor blades, and batteries. Here’s what you should know if you grocery shop online.
Watch your wheels
Driving your Ferrari to the Piggly Wiggly and want to avoid shopping-cart dents? Park far, far away. Here are some more driving etiquette rules you should definitely be following.
How much goes to waste
You’ll end up tossing 12 percent of what you buy. Yikes! Here are some tips to cut back on food waste (and save money, too).
What not to buy
Don’t buy anything with more than five ingredients (too processed), with ingredients you can’t pronounce (too processed), with anything artificial (tastes bad), with a cartoon on it (direct marketing to children), or with a health claim (misleading). —Marion Nestle. Here are the signs you could be eating too many preservatives.
The truth about bags
Paper? Plastic? We don’t really care. But asking us to double-bag…that’s just wasteful. Here are some more super simple ways to live a little greener.
How to find the fresh fruit
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Dig and reach for the freshest produce. Older merchandise gets pushed to the front of the bin and spread across the top to encourage customers to take it first. Speaking of older merchandise, here’s the gross truth about the apples you’re buying at the supermarket.
This isn’t a social service agency
The purpose of grocery stores is to get you to buy more food, not less. —Marion Nestle Only 14 percent of consumers overall stick to just the items on their shopping list. Can you guess how men and women handle grocery lists (and five other aspects of grocery shopping) differently?
Don’t start your shopping just as we’re closing. We just want to leave. It’s been a long day.
Don’t get sucked in
Watch out for gimmicks. They are intended to get you into a store more frequently and to keep you away from competitors. These are the grocery items that you’re definitely better off not buying in bulk.