If you have ever gone to the grocery store and come out with more than you thought you would, you are not alone! Every single detail of your shopping experience—the placement of every shelf, box, sign, and restroom; the background music; color of paint on the wall; words the staff use to greet you—is a precisely orchestrated merchant-customer dance designed to achieve maximum sales results. And it all starts with bigger shopping carts. Just as people tend to eat more if it’s piled onto a larger plate, they’re more likely to spend more trying to fill a bigger shopping cart.
So I guess that it was not just the fact that I went shopping when I was hungry, which we have all been told not to do!
I think that going shopping with a ‘list’ is the best defense we have against overspending. That and the ‘will-power’ to avoid falling victim to the games grocers play to get us to all overspend! But that seems much easier said than done!
How do you stick to your budget and not overspend at the grocery store? Or are you like me, you ALWAYS buy way more stuff than you planned, and it’s like unnecessary junk just JUMPED into your shopping cart?