08 December 2011

5 Overpriced Grocery Items to Skip

You enter a store to pick an item or two, but by the time you exit you notice you have a bag or two extra. If buying groceries consumes a large portion of your household budget, all you got to do is be picky at the grocery store. This undoubtedly helps you save lots of money. If you do it the right way, you can shop the more expensive grocery stores and get your favorite brands while spending less money than you would pay for generic items. It is very simple, the next time you enter a grocery store make sure are divided from the things that have been evident up. Given below is a list of a few overpriced grocery items that you not consider putting into your shopping cart.


Meat



Many of us would find it easier to buy meat from a supermarket, which is an expensive way to shop. The supermarket packs are fixed sizes, and the quality and choice may be inferior. Meat markup is up to 60 percent and much more for precut or precubed meat. Meat is such a product that can be stored for a limited period of time must then be thrown out. Hence the meat departments in grocery stores seek for a minimum 30 percent markup, and often much higher, to make up for losses.











Bakery items



How many of us consider baking bread at home that is really cost friendly. Not all! And you make an expensive purchase on bakery items every time you shop at a store. Bakery items are marked up nearly 100 percent as you’re paying for convenience. If bread is a must in every meal you have, then opt for buy one get one free offer and freeze one loaf or buy when bread is marked down.















Presliced Food Products



The more food processing that is done for you, the higher the cost of the item to you, so you will need to decide if the convenience is worth the added cost. Presliced or precubbed fruit products will cost on average 35 percent more than the whole vegetable or fruit. If you realize you more than the product you are paying for convenience.  Instead of this prefer shopping at the local farmers market and buy only what's "in season" at a lower rates. This helps you trim your grocery bills.











Brand Name Cereal



One fact that you should be aware of is that the cost of a cereal has little to do with how healthy it is. Why do you think most of the stores place the brand name and non-brand name cereals for sale together? This is done to trick the customers to select the brand products. Production costs and retailer share make up about 36 percent and 20 percent if the retail price of cereal, the rest (44 percent) is average manufacturer gross margin. If you are doubtful about the taste then compare the ingredients, you will notice that there is no much difference. You will only find the difference in packaging that is done to allure the customers.





Name-Brand Spices



You can buy a lot of cheap spices to add to your foods, but there will be times you unknowingly splurge on more expensive options. Name-brand spices are marked up close to 97 percent. Did you know if you avoid buying spices at such stores you can save up to 97 percent on the basic spices? Spices that can cost a lot of money are at a higher risk of being lower quality or adulterated with fillers. You can look for cheaper spices at a drugstores and discount stores. These are often sold at a fraction of the cost of prepackaged spices.