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March 31, 2010

13 Things Your Grocer Won’t Tell You

Filed under: Uncategorized — by divasdiscounts @ 4:00 pm

Get smarter about grocery shopping.

  1. If you hate crowds and lines, shop at dinnertime (5 to 9 p.m.) or even later. Only 4% of shoppers hit the aisles between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. The least crowded day of the week? Wednesday.
  2. Go ahead and reach way back for fresh milk, everyone does.
  3. Coupons with a bar code are easy to scan. The other ones take an eternity, but if you are willing to wait…….
  4. That star fruit has been there a lot longer than the broccoli. Familiar produce turns over more quickly than exotic things.
  5. “The more products you see the more likely you are to buy,” says Marion Nestle the author of What to Eat. “That’s why the aisles are so long and the milk is usually in the far corner.”
  6. Like employees with a good attitude? Shop at chains that are employee owned, suggest customer satisfaction surveys. When employees have a stake in the profits, it shows in their attitude. I personally dislike the service at the blue big box store.
  7. The “grazers” order food at the deli, eat it as they’re shopping and get rid of the evidence/wrappers before they check out. I call that stealing. But it’s not my chicken!
  8.  I’m not just selling groceries, I’m selling real estate. Look high and low-literally-for good values from smaller manufacturers who can’t afford to stock their products in the eye-level sweet spot.
  9. We’re marketing to your kids too. That’s why we put the rainbow-colored cereals and other kiddie catnip at their eye level.
  10. Be wary of “specials.” When people see signs with numbers-“8 for $10!” “Limit: 5 per customer”—they buy 30 to 100 percent more than they otherwise might have.
  11. The baby formula is locked up because thieves resell it on the black market. Ditto for the cough and cold medications, smoking-cessation products, razor blades, and batteries.
  12. Driving your Ferrari to the Piggly Wiggly and want to avoid shopping-cart dents? Park far, far away.
  13. You’ll end up tossing 12 percent of what you buy.

Now here are some of my pet peeves in a grocery store by the staff and shoppers alike.

  • The freezer doors are clear, you do NOT need to open them to browse. This just fogs them and all the surrounding ones up and then I can’t see. So keep the door closed while you try to decide if hawg tracks or ass swirls will be better covered in fudge sauce.
  • Why do the stockpersons’ decide to fill the shelves and put their carts across the aisle at the exact moment I want the item they are stocking. Then they act like I am inconveniencing them for wanting the yeti nepalese tea bags in a pyramid shape. WTH! Don’t they know I pay their salary. (They love when you tell them that, just try it)!
  • Women (really anyone) that tries to steer a shopping cart and talk on a cell phone for more than 2 minutes. I am very understanding that you may need to check in because you forgot something but are you really that lonely that you need to talk while buying hemorrhoid cream? Maybe you need the moral support. It’s ok.
  • I boycott the sample tables. Besides the plethora of diseases you could contract (flesh eating bacteria, E.coli, etc.) these senior citizen manned card tables are traffic blocks that will cause your grandmother to cut you over a microwaved piece of Mr. G’s teriyaki chicken.
  • Ok, one more vent….Bagging groceries is an art. There is no pride in bagging anymore. I line my items up as I want them bagged. Frozen stuff, cold stuff, dry, you get the point. Inevitably they’ll put a magazine with something cold and wet. Dumb jacks. I would love to bag my own stuff. I like to bag like items with like items, common sense. Not oo much to ask, right? Well yes it is.

Well, there are my tips that I plagarized from Yahoo and my vents, lol. Have a great night!

Diva Monkey

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