5 Sneaky Ways Supermarkets Get You to Spend More

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On your next grocery run, watch out! Savvy Sugar alerts you to the five tricky methods supermarkets employ to get you to spend more money.

Do you ever wander through the grocery store and end up spending more than you were budgeting for? Don’t beat yourself up over it—supermarkets actually have several different strategies to trick customers into blowing bucks. Be on the alert and watch out for the sneaky psychology tactics these stores will try to use on you.

Woman shopping in produce department

Ten for $10

Ten for $10 sounds like a great deal. However, you’ll get the same savings even if you only buy one item, according to the New York Times. A grocery store survey recently found that people bought way more items when they see ten for $10 deals vs. five for $5 and one for $1 sales. Even if you aren’t buying ten items, your mind will trick you into thinking that the item is such a great deal that you end up buying more of it.

Growing Carts

No, you’re not shrinking; it’s the grocery carts that are growing. The larger the cart, the more likely you’ll end up spending more, so try to stick to a hand basket instead.

Pre-Cut Vegetables and Fruit

  • Masnr9

    Thanks for the article!  Many people think that you need to buy 10 to get the 10 for $10, but you don’t need to! My husband around a month ago was about to load up the cart because he thought this way also.  I called him crazy! We don’t need 10 of the same thing of anything haha.

    • http://mischievouskitty.blogspot.com Stephanie

      Sometimes you DO have to buy a certain amount of an item to cash in on the savings though.  You have to read the sign carefully – if it says “must buy X to save” then you need to get that many.  If it doesn’t, just buy however many you need.  But if it’s a really good sale on a nonperishable item, I tend to stock up regardless. :-)

      • Masnr9

        Yes I know, but where I live, all the grocery stores advertise the 10 for $10, but you do not need to buy 10.

    • http://mischievouskitty.blogspot.com Stephanie

      Sometimes you DO have to buy a certain amount of an item to cash in on the savings though.  You have to read the sign carefully – if it says “must buy X to save” then you need to get that many.  If it doesn’t, just buy however many you need.  But if it’s a really good sale on a nonperishable item, I tend to stock up regardless. :-)

  • Masnr9

    Thanks for the article!  Many people think that you need to buy 10 to get the 10 for $10, but you don’t need to! My husband around a month ago was about to load up the cart because he thought this way also.  I called him crazy! We don’t need 10 of the same thing of anything haha.

  • Masnr9

    Thanks for the article!  Many people think that you need to buy 10 to get the 10 for $10, but you don’t need to! My husband around a month ago was about to load up the cart because he thought this way also.  I called him crazy! We don’t need 10 of the same thing of anything haha.

  • Masnr9

    Thanks for the article!  Many people think that you need to buy 10 to get the 10 for $10, but you don’t need to! My husband around a month ago was about to load up the cart because he thought this way also.  I called him crazy! We don’t need 10 of the same thing of anything haha.

  • Masnr9

    Thanks for the article!  Many people think that you need to buy 10 to get the 10 for $10, but you don’t need to! My husband around a month ago was about to load up the cart because he thought this way also.  I called him crazy! We don’t need 10 of the same thing of anything haha.

  • Masnr9

    Thanks for the article!  Many people think that you need to buy 10 to get the 10 for $10, but you don’t need to! My husband around a month ago was about to load up the cart because he thought this way also.  I called him crazy! We don’t need 10 of the same thing of anything haha.

  • Lshwn

    Guilty I am.  I love purchasing anythiing that is pre-cut.

  • Lshwn

    Guilty I am.  I love purchasing anythiing that is pre-cut.

  • Lshwn

    Guilty I am.  I love purchasing anythiing that is pre-cut.

  • Lshwn

    Guilty I am.  I love purchasing anythiing that is pre-cut.

  • http://www.mangomoney.com Mango Money

    Okay, so I know I just shared this link on a different post, but I just have to do it again, since it seems to be so applicable. The thing is, it isn’t just grocery stores that do this! I work for Mango Money’s blog and we recently did a post on In-Store marketing and the sneaky tactics used by all kinds of stores. I was pretty surprised at some of their ploys and I guess I’m just trying to spread the word. Besides, we made a pretty cool little video about it that I think you’ll enjoy :o )  So be wary of shopping, not just in grocery stores, but in all types of stores! 

    http://www.mangomoney.com/blog/trends/the-booby-traps-of-in-store-marketing

  • http://www.mangomoney.com Mango Money

    Okay, so I know I just shared this link on a different post, but I just have to do it again, since it seems to be so applicable. The thing is, it isn’t just grocery stores that do this! I work for Mango Money’s blog and we recently did a post on In-Store marketing and the sneaky tactics used by all kinds of stores. I was pretty surprised at some of their ploys and I guess I’m just trying to spread the word. Besides, we made a pretty cool little video about it that I think you’ll enjoy :o )  So be wary of shopping, not just in grocery stores, but in all types of stores! 

    http://www.mangomoney.com/blog/trends/the-booby-traps-of-in-store-marketing

  • http://www.mangomoney.com Mango Money

    Okay, so I know I just shared this link on a different post, but I just have to do it again, since it seems to be so applicable. The thing is, it isn’t just grocery stores that do this! I work for Mango Money’s blog and we recently did a post on In-Store marketing and the sneaky tactics used by all kinds of stores. I was pretty surprised at some of their ploys and I guess I’m just trying to spread the word. Besides, we made a pretty cool little video about it that I think you’ll enjoy :o )  So be wary of shopping, not just in grocery stores, but in all types of stores! 

    http://www.mangomoney.com/blog/trends/the-booby-traps-of-in-store-marketing

  • http://www.mangomoney.com Mango Money

    Okay, so I know I just shared this link on a different post, but I just have to do it again, since it seems to be so applicable. The thing is, it isn’t just grocery stores that do this! I work for Mango Money’s blog and we recently did a post on In-Store marketing and the sneaky tactics used by all kinds of stores. I was pretty surprised at some of their ploys and I guess I’m just trying to spread the word. Besides, we made a pretty cool little video about it that I think you’ll enjoy :o )  So be wary of shopping, not just in grocery stores, but in all types of stores! 

    http://www.mangomoney.com/blog/trends/the-booby-traps-of-in-store-marketing

  • http://www.mangomoney.com Mango Money

    Okay, so I know I just shared this link on a different post, but I just have to do it again, since it seems to be so applicable. The thing is, it isn’t just grocery stores that do this! I work for Mango Money’s blog and we recently did a post on In-Store marketing and the sneaky tactics used by all kinds of stores. I was pretty surprised at some of their ploys and I guess I’m just trying to spread the word. Besides, we made a pretty cool little video about it that I think you’ll enjoy :o )  So be wary of shopping, not just in grocery stores, but in all types of stores! 

    http://www.mangomoney.com/blog/trends/the-booby-traps-of-in-store-marketing

  • http://www.mangomoney.com Mango Money

    Okay, so I know I just shared this link on a different post, but I just have to do it again, since it seems to be so applicable. The thing is, it isn’t just grocery stores that do this! I work for Mango Money’s blog and we recently did a post on In-Store marketing and the sneaky tactics used by all kinds of stores. I was pretty surprised at some of their ploys and I guess I’m just trying to spread the word. Besides, we made a pretty cool little video about it that I think you’ll enjoy :o )  So be wary of shopping, not just in grocery stores, but in all types of stores! 

    http://www.mangomoney.com/blog/trends/the-booby-traps-of-in-store-marketing

  • http://www.mangomoney.com Mango Money

    Okay, so I know I just shared this link on a different post, but I just have to do it again, since it seems to be so applicable. The thing is, it isn’t just grocery stores that do this! I work for Mango Money’s blog and we recently did a post on In-Store marketing and the sneaky tactics used by all kinds of stores. I was pretty surprised at some of their ploys and I guess I’m just trying to spread the word. Besides, we made a pretty cool little video about it that I think you’ll enjoy :o )  So be wary of shopping, not just in grocery stores, but in all types of stores! 

    http://www.mangomoney.com/blog/trends/the-booby-traps-of-in-store-marketing

  • http://www.mangomoney.com Mango Money

    Okay, so I know I just shared this link on a different post, but I just have to do it again, since it seems to be so applicable. The thing is, it isn’t just grocery stores that do this! I work for Mango Money’s blog and we recently did a post on In-Store marketing and the sneaky tactics used by all kinds of stores. I was pretty surprised at some of their ploys and I guess I’m just trying to spread the word. Besides, we made a pretty cool little video about it that I think you’ll enjoy :o )  So be wary of shopping, not just in grocery stores, but in all types of stores! 

    http://www.mangomoney.com/blog/trends/the-booby-traps-of-in-store-marketing