Top things you’re paying too much for at the grocery store!
1. Pre-made lunches.
A pre-made salad or sandwich may be really convenient when you need to grab and go, but if you’re packing lunches for your kids or to bring to work, it’s much more cost-efficient to buy a loaf of bread, some deli meat or a can of tuna, and a bottle of mustard or mayo to make your own sandwiches.
Sometimes a recipe calls for a dash of onion powder, or teaspoon of paprika, but that doesn’t mean you should pay top dollar for a little container of spice at the grocery store. Spices are much cheaper when bought at drugstores, dollar stores or, if you’re lucky enough to have one, at your local farmer’s market.
3. Chopped produce.
Sure, chopping onions can be a pain, and doing so can literally make you cry. But pre-diced produce like onions and bell peppers cost much more, so buck up and get your cutting board out.
Toiletries — like chopped produce and pre-made lunches — are at the grocery store for convenience, and not savings. Some people find it easier to buy everything at the grocery store than having to make a second trip to a drugstore to get a better deal on toiletries. Just make the trip to the drugstore since you’ll have to go there eventually for something anyway.
5. Deals where you buy in multiples.
You grab a carton of orange juice when you notice that there’s a deal for three cartons of orange juice for the price of two. Unless you really like orange juice, this is probably a bad deal.
6. Cleaning Supplies.
Cleaning supplies, like detergent or dish soap, are also convenient to grab at the grocery store, but we all know they’re much cheaper at drug stores or big box stores like Target or Wal-Mart. Avoid at all costs.
7. Individually packaged items.
A six pack of pudding, yogurt or juice can be convenient to pack along with the sandwiches you made for lunch, but they cost more and contain much less than a bulk-size carton or tub.
8. Sugary name brand cereals.
Sugary cereals taste, well, sugary, and there’s no major difference between the store brand sugary cereal and the name brand sugary cereal, which can cost twice or three times as much.
9. Packaged snacks.
Packaged snacks like granola and pretzels are perfect for after-school snacks after a long day of academics and gym class (or for adults to enjoy after a long day at work), but you’ll save money if you buy those snacks from a bin by the pound.
10. Reduced to sell items.
There’s a reason why these items have such deep discounts on them — unless you’re planning on eating them when you get home, they may spoil if you wait more than a day.