The grocery store is where many people struggle when it comes to impulse shopping. Whether you are standing at the register in line and you grab a pack of gum or a magazine, or your kids are bugging you to get their favorite popsicles in the freezer aisle, impulse shopping happens when you buy something you weren’t planning on buying, no matter which budget it comes out of.
Marketing experts that work for the companies that stock the shelves of the grocery stores know how to get consumers. Product placement, packaging and pairings sucks shoppers in, making the grocery store a common impulse trap.
Here are a few ways you can avoid the impulse shopping trap at the grocery store:
Go With a List
If you shop with a list and only buy what is on the list, you’ll avoid those impulse traps.
Leave Your Kids at Home
If possible, avoid shopping with children. Marketers are great at focusing their efforts toward young, impressionable minds, knowing that kids have a huge influence on what their parents buy at the grocery store.
Plus, if you avoid taking children grocery shopping it’s a quicker, healthier process; they won’t bug you for processed, sugary food which is better on their health.
If you meal plan, then there is no reason to buy anything that isn’t part of the meals. Plan out snacks too, so you don’t find yourself in the junk food aisle spending $5 on a tiny carton of candy that won’t give you any nutritional benefit.
Meal planning and then writing the ingredients you need down is the best way to save money and avoid impulse shopping at the store.
How do you avoid impulse shopping?