Grocery stores are designed to make you feel like you need to follow a certain path through them. Some pretty impressive master planning goes into those fluorescently lit markets you pop into one to several times a week. Haven’t you noticed that you go in there with a plan to only stay for 20 to 30 minutes and a list of items to buy that only spans one post-it note, and you come out an hour later, with five bags full of items? How did this happen? When you went in there, you felt pretty certain that you knew what you needed—and what you didn’t—for your kitchen. Yet, somehow, once you stepped inside that store, you were convinced otherwise. Don’t let the layout disorient you and cause you to over-spend and buy things you don’t want. Here are parts of the grocery store you should just avoid.
The clearance section
You didn’t go into the store thinking that you needed hard cider, condensed milk, Danish pastries, or boxed mac and cheese and yet…you now have those things. Why? Because you found them in the clearance section and thought, “I’ll save money if I buy these!” But any amount of money—small as it may be—spent on things you don’t need is money wasted.