Must-Follow Tips

How to Save Money at the Supermarket

Ask Eat This, Not That!: Help! I just got my first apartment and I had no idea food shopping was so expensive. Can you keep me off the Ramen?

Must-Follow Tips

How to Save Money at the Supermarket

Ask Eat This, Not That!: Help! I just got my first apartment and I had no idea food shopping was so expensive. Can you keep me off the Ramen?

While you can’t haggle with the checkout lady, there are some easy ways to save at the supermarket:

1

Check Yourself Out

Studies show that impulse purchases drop by up to 32 percent when you use the self-checkout instead of paying a cashier.

2

Don’t Get Prepared

Taking home containers of premade salad or rice and beans is a great way to make cheap food really expensive. The only
thing worth buying at the prepared-foods counter is a rotisserie chicken, which can feed you for three nights for a mere 6 bucks.

3

Save Produce for Last

Studies show that shoppers who peruse the produce section first spend more time—and money—in the store overall.

4

Shop the Bottom Shelf

What’s at eye level is generally the most overprocessed, overpriced food in the store. You’ll find healthier, often less expensive stuff on the shelves below or above.