We all want to save money where we can, right? The savvy shoppers among us clip coupons, check the weekly ads and go in with a list and a plan. But grocery stores have their own plans too, and it usually involves a few tricks.
From the scent of rotisserie chicken to the thrill of an advertised deal, here are 15 sneaky ways you’re being tricked into spending more money each time you walk into the store.
Shelf Space Is Prime Real Estate
You might think that items are stocked according to size or popularity, but in reality, distributors pay big money to have their most high-profit items stocked where they know you’re sure to see them — in the middle at direct eye level.
And those items aimed at kids? They’re cleverly stocked on the lower shelves so children will see them and ask for them, too.
Photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio traveled the world for three years, visiting 80 people from incredibly diverse backgrounds to discover what they usually eat in the course of one day.
Nutritionists agree that in general, most adults should eat between 1,600 and 2,400 calories a day. And it seems as though chain restaurants have caught on, since they’ve been switching over to smaller portion sizes.
Adding a tip to your restaurant bill so that your server gets paid a fair amount for their work is a dumb custom. There is an increasing but very slow trend away from it as restaurants here and there decide to pay their employees a fair wage and then decline tips from customers.
Unfortunately, this is still far from being the norm, but here’s why it should be…