How to Avoid Impulse Purchases at the Grocery Store
Earlier in the week, I posed the question to some friends, “What is your biggest impulse purchase at the grocery store?” Not surprisingly, salty and sugary snacks were the most popular answers. While it’s not impossible to avoid these unintended purchases, it does take a fair bit of inner strategizing before entering the store.
How does one avoid these impulse purchases? Here are some tips!
Eat before going to the grocery store: Going to the grocery store on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster. You will think more with your stomach than your brain.
Make a list: Planning purchases in advance will keep the process more organized and will give you a reason not to deviate from the list.
Go alone: Avoid shopping with someone who might be considered a bad influence on your shopping habits. By grocery shopping alone, you are more likely to remain focused on the task at hand.
Do your homework: Compare prices between other stores and research the items online. This will provide you with more insight on true bargains and deals.
Read the labels: Is the bag of chips and the calories that follow really worth it? Ultimately, you are the judge, but first read the nutritional information before making the impulse purchase.
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