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Get to know the layout of your store of choice and try to plan your shopping trip so that you walk down as few aisles as possible. The more you explore the store, the more likely you are to make impulse purchases that will cut into your overall savings.
21. Shop by yourself
If you bring your spouse or your children along for your shopping trip, you're more likely to spend more than you intended. Other people might not be as dedicated to savings as you are, and they might talk you into buying more expensive or unnecessary items.
22. Don't shop hungry
You know better than to go to the grocery store hungry, but we all do it sometimes anyway. To curb your appetite (and stop yourself from making impulse purchases driven by hunger), eat a mint, which should satisfy you in the moment and prevent you from being overpowered by the delicious smells wafting out of the bakery.
23. Put your headphones in and get in the zone
Zoning out and listening to music can be relaxing, but more than that, it saves you from falling into the rhythm of the store. Studies have shown that stores play music with slower beats that encourage you to walk more slowly through the aisles, giving you more time to browse and make impulse purchases.
By themselves, these common-sense tips might not make or break your shopping trip. Together, they can add up to huge savings.
If you're still struggling to make ends meet, however, and debt is the reason why, you might need more than advice on how to navigate the grocery store. Call National Debt Relief or browse our reviews today to learn more!