Have you ever walked into the grocery store, planning to get the basic items you will need for your weeks meal plan, and find yourself with bags packed full of items not on your list? Clever marketing strategies and sneaky layouts make it almost inevitable you will end up buying something you were not planning on and most likely that ‘something’ is not exactly healthy.
Grocery stores are designed to make you linger longer, and the longer you linger, the more you are likely to buy. A lot of people will run to the grocery store because they need milk or maybe some eggs. So why is it that the dairy section is in the very back of the store? You may say, because that’s where the refrigerators are. Yes, but the main reason is that for those people only coming into the store to buy milk will have to walk through the entire store (and in turn say no to numerous marketing ploys to get them to buy the latest new cookie, chip, bar or whatever it is) to get their milk. And most of the time, because they did have to say no to so many temptations on their way, they will end up giving in and eventually saying yes to something and leaving the store with more than just the milk
So what can you do to avoid the traps of the supermarket? Below are some tips to shop well and eat well and ensure you are leaving the store with exactly what you came for.