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7 tips to save when shopping

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With the’inflation at a record level and therising energy and fuel prices, purchasing power has become a major concern for Italians. Fill the basket costs, paying bills or refueling is becoming more and more expensive, given the war situation in Ukraine and its impact on the economy of all of Europe. There is no doubt that inflation will still accompany us a little, and it is advisable to carefully review your expenses to avoid arriving at the end of the month with the current account in the red.

It is precisely for this reason that on the occasion of the world consumer rights daywhich is celebrated on March 15the experts of Tiendeo.it, the leading platform for online offers and catalogs, have identified seven practical tips to reduce the final recipe and save significantly on the shopping cart.

In times like these, it is important to educate consumers about conscious and responsible consumption, which allows them to protect their rights by saving and avoiding mechanisms that encourage compulsive shopping and unnecessary waste.

Follow your shopping list to the letter

The rule of thumb is to always prepare a shopping list and stick to it without overdoing it. Very often we go out with the idea of ​​buying certain products, and we go home having bought much more than necessary. Indeed, when we go to the stores, we are attracted by attractive offers and packaging. But be careful. What we put in the basket with the idea of ​​saving does not always represent real savings. If it is not a worthwhile purchase, although there may be apparent savings, we spend without real need. Preparing a thoughtful and organized list of short-, medium-, and long-term needs – and sticking to it – is the best way to avoid impulse buying.

Eat before going to the supermarket

It sounds like a joke, but it’s not. Having an appetite strongly affects our actions, especially when we find ourselves wandering aimlessly between the aisles of the food aisles. “Never go shopping if you are hungry, otherwise your stomach will do the talking, not your wallet. Which is extremely risky. The stores are very good at putting the most wanted and desirable products on top shelves,” he says. Eva MartinCEO of Tiendeo and retailer and consumer expert.

Take advantage of offers and discounts

Before making the purchase, another effective strategy to reduce expenses is to browse the store’s catalog, find special offers in advance and write down the products in the shopping list. Online flyer platforms collect all offers throughout the year with products and services of all kinds and inform you of active promotions in your area (in addition to being more sustainable for the environment). Apparently the differences are minimal, “It seems that saving 30 cents on a product is not much. But if we add 30 cents, 1.50 euros, 3 euros… The total increases quickly, and a few cents can reach a considerable total, especially in the long term. Suffice it to say that by saving one euro a day, in a month, they are 30 euros, or about 360 euros per year, which is certainly not a negligible sum”, adds Eva.

Pay attention to decimals and unit prices

And that’s not all. Another misleading element that you should always pay close attention to is prices with decimals. Their deceptive power on the human mind is proven, so you should never be impulsive, but stop and carefully assess what the unit price, or price per litre/kilo, is before putting a product in the basket.

Choose anti-waste products

There are also several anti-waste initiatives that allow you to fill the cart more economically without sacrificing quality. For example, some local producers offer fruit and vegetable baskets that are “less fresh” or simply non-standard due to their imperfect appearance, at a much lower price. The aesthetics of fruits and vegetables certainly does not affect their taste. Unsurprisingly, more and more supermarkets are adopting anti-waste initiatives by promoting expired or less perfect fresh produce at very competitive prices. In some cases, discounts of up to 70% can be obtained on excellent quality foods, which can guarantee a nutritious and inexpensive meal.

Family purchases prohibited

Many people find it more enjoyable to go to the supermarket with friends than alone. But that could turn out to be a dangerous choice. When you are in a group you get carried away by the general enthusiasm and it is much more difficult to control expenses. And if there are children, their temptations are added to our temptations. Moreover, it is well known, saying no in a public place is even more complex, and to live quietly you will find yourself docile and at least partially satisfy the demands of the little ones. And traders know it. An example? The queue at the cash desk is the worst part: it is specially designed for children (and adults) to fill the trolley with chocolates and sweets (which could involve an additional cost of more than 100 euros/year).

Prefer times and days of the week with low attendance

If you can arrange to shop at less busy times of the week and hours, it will not only benefit our mental health, but our checking account as well. The confusion generated by the lights, the noises, the multitude of people, creates in us a feeling of bewilderment and does not allow us to buy with method and tranquility. For shopping without waste and avoiding compulsive purchases, it is good to always be able to carve out precise and exclusive moments.

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