6 Ways Grocery Stores Get You to Spend

Photo by: Katie Waldeck
1. They Understaff Check Stands. Sometimes it feels like you spend more time waiting in line than you do, well, shopping. And that's no accident; supermarkets want you to wait ... more 
Photo by: Katie Waldeck
1. They Understaff Check Stands. Sometimes it feels like you spend more time waiting in line than you do, well, shopping. And that's no accident; supermarkets want you to wait in line as long as possible, so that you'll be more likely to pick up one of the impulse buys the checkstands are lined with. Think about it: how often do you leaf through a magazine or stare down that candy bar when you're waiting your turn?

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It happens to the best of us. Without even really thinking about it, we end up with a basket full of groceries, when we really just wanted to buy a tomato and a bag of rice for dinner that night.


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