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Going shopping this weekend? Check out these SUPERMARKET TRICKS, TIPS AND INSIDER SECRETS

Going shopping this weekend? Check out these SUPERMARKET TRICKS, TIPS AND INSIDER SECRETS



Waddya say we all save some money in 2014? Consumerist put together a list of supermarket tricks and tips.

• Shopping carts are getting bigger so you’ll put more in them. In one test, shopping carts were doubled in size and shoppers bought 19% more.

• You probably only know the price of four items: Your brain can only hold so much. So while you know the approximate price of milk, bread, banana and eggs, 95% of shoppers have no clue what other things cost. The clueless shopper then doesn’t know if theyre’re getting a good deal outside those four things, so it might be good to study up.

• More than half of shoppers decide not to buy stuff in their cart while in the checkout line: That’s why supermarkets have started making checkout lanes narrower with less space to off-load those items. If you can’t dump it, you might be more likely to buy it.

• Wear headphones and listen to upbeat music while you shop: Many stores plant earworms by way of slow music, slower than the average heartbeat. That lulls you into spending more time at the store, which then leads to spending about 29% more.

• That myth about milk being in the back of the store so you have to walk aisle to get to it? Not quite the real reason. Milk needs to be refrigerated right away; the trucks unload in the back, so the fridges are there so that stores can fill the cases as quickly and easily as possible.

• That mist on your fruits and vegetables looks nice, but really it can make them rot faster. Also make sure you shake off your leafy greens before you get to the checkout — the mist can add to an item’s weight.

• If you see something in the bakery or meat department that’s probably going to get marked down tomorrow, say "Hey, this is expiring tomorrow. Are you going to mark it down?" Sometimes they’ll do it for you right then.

• We’re all fools for the ten for $10 promotion. Stores will  take an 89-cent can of tuna and mark it "ten for $10" and instead of buying six cans for 89 cents, people will buy ten for $10.

• Just because you saw it in your grocery store circular doesn’t mean it’s necessarily on sale: Some of those products are just advertised so you’ll buy them.

• USDA quality grade means more than the cut’s name: Angus? So what — that’s no guarantee it’ll be a good steak, says Kari Underly, former grocery store meat cutter and author of The Art of Beef Cutting: A Meat Professional’s Guide to Butchering and Merchandising. Prime is the best, then choice (usually the highest grade available in grocery stores), followed by select, and finally standard.

• You aren’t that apple’s first customer: Shoppers are constantly picking up produce, dropping it, and putting it back, so beware.

• The carts never get cleaned: Babies will do their business on carts, chicken juice will leak and who knows if anyone cleaned up after that? If you’re worried about germs, give carts a quick swipe with sanitizing wipes.