Avoid the lure of the checkout aisle purchase(Read article summary)
Grocery stores purposely stock the checkout aisle with things that are perfectly selected for you to just toss on the conveyor without a second thought.
Grocery store designers are smart people.
They know that when you check out with a cart load of groceries, youâ€™re going to be standing in that spot for a while. They also know that sometimes youâ€™re unfortunate enough to have children with you.
Thus, they stock the checkout aisle with things that are perfectly selected for you to just toss on the conveyor without a second thought.
Magazines. Beverages. Gum. Candy. Car fresheners. The list goes on and on.Â
All of these items have a relatively low price point. All of these items are things with very attractive packaging. All of these items are things that you can quickly enjoy without much effort at all. All of these items are also priced so that the store makes a nice profit.
All of these items areÂ meantÂ for you to buy them without skipping a beat. Many people do it, too. (If that wasnâ€™t true, the checout aisle wouldnâ€™t be designed this way in virtually every grocery store.)
Since thereâ€™s nothing in the checkout aisle that you actually need, a really simple rule can save you some money.
Never buy anything that you find in the checkout aisle.Â If itâ€™s not in your cart when you wheel up to the checkout, then donâ€™t buy it.
Yes, that means ignoring some temptations, but it also means that youâ€™re not dropping money on things that you want only fleetingly. Instead, youâ€™re keeping that money for things you actually need or truly want.
If you want gum or candy, go to the candy aisle. If you want a magazine, go to the magazine rack (or, better yet, subscribe, as youâ€™ll often save quite a bit). If you want soda, go down the soda aisle.
Avoid the overpriced impulsive items in the checkout aisle and your wallet will thank you.
This post is part of a yearlong series called â€ś365 Ways to Live Cheap (Revisited),â€ť in which Iâ€™m revisiting the entries from my book â€ś365 Ways to Live Cheap,â€ť which is availableÂ at AmazonÂ and at bookstores everywhere.Â