Did you know that supermarkets have tricks they use to get you to spend more on your groceries? Today I want to reveal them to you so that you can be money savvy and get value for your hard earned money.
Cheap near expiry products
Shops tend to put items on sale if they are nearing expiry, this can be a good bargain if you intend to use them immediately. However, I once bought chicken which was 2 days away from expiry, cooked it and it had already gone bad. So you see this was not really a saving as I threw it away and had to make something else. I have also bought vegetables and had the same experience, so now I tend to stay away from these kind of items. So from the shop’s perspective, there would rather sell it at a reduced price than bin it.
Quantity reduction but same price
We humans tend to be loyal to a particular shop such that we become oblivious to some changes they make in their quantities. Think of it our lives are so busy, we tend to go to the same shop and grab the same items we buy every time. The question is, is it really the same? For instance, I used to buy a particular brand of kitchen towels.
However, the next time I went I noticed that something looked different that is the rolls were smaller and then I noticed that the quantity had been reduced. So basically I was getting the same number of rolls 4 but the quantity of the 4 rolls had been reduced. Here I am talking about the weight, which means I was getting less.
So in essence I was paying more because the kitchen towel was going to finish quickly then I was going to buy another one again. So keep an eye on your price and quantity to make sure you are getting a good deal.
For instance have you checked let’s say the price of say 1kg of rice and compared it to 2kg or 10kgs. Ideally the more you buy the price should be less in comparison to say buying 2kgs to make it up to 10kg. So when you buy a 10kg check and make you are getting a good price. if it is written a certain percentage off, work out exactly how much you will have off. I always wonder why they use say for instance 5% off instead of just saying the exact amount they are taking off considering that most people would struggle to work it out.
Using the term sale
Just because an item is written sale does not mean that it is actually on sale. You need to know how much it real costs in comparison to other shops. This is the real market value then you compare with their price. That way you can tell if it is actually a legitimate sale.
Buy 2 get one free
This is a very common term which we see every day. Suppose I want to buy a pair of shoes how do I benefit from buying 2 pairs and getting one for free especially when I do not need the other two pairs. How much extra have I paid to get the so called deal? These are the questions you should ask yourself before you buy.
Spend $100 get save $20
I was sent this deal by a supermarket and I literally laughed my head off. I was like why should I part with $100 to save $20? What am I saving here? Really there is no saving here. I cannot be enticed to spend $100 and save $20, literally this would have made me part with an unplanned $80. So basically from a customer perspective there is no saving, it is just the word save used wrongly.
Strategically locating items where you can’t resist them
This is a very common one, have you noticed how the chocolates are by the counter. Most people end up buying just because they have seen them. Look they are usually cheap so you would be like it’s only a dollar or so and then you spend. This is called impulse buying.
Don’t be tricked, be money savvy and get value for your hard earned money.
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