You can live cheap but still shop for the things you need and save money at the same time. The trick to living cheap is to know exactly what the stores you shop at are doing so you can circumvent their efforts to make you buy things that you don't need.
Supermarkets, grocery stores and most large retail stores all know how you shop. They have spent millions of dollars in market research to learn your shopping habits. They have hired consultants who's only job is to figure out the best way for a store to arrange things so that you buy more.
In order to prevent yourself from purchasing things you don't need you need to follow a few simple rules. To prevent yourself from buying things in quantities you don't want you need to know some of the techniques the store will use to appeal to your impulse to buy.
The store is going to be set up to try and entice you to buy impulse items all the way through the store. Their primary method is to put things on display all over the store. The more displays of impulse items you walk by the more shots they get at you.
The first defense against this strategy is to make out a shopping list before you go to the store. Write down the things you need to get. Write down what you need, not what you want. Do not add items that you don't need. You know which items those are, the candy, desserts, snack foods and any other items you really know you shouldn't be eating but you buy them anyway. Leave them off. Not only will you save money but you will eat healthier too.
Make sure your list includes your needs for a full week. This is the second defense against the stores assault on your urge to buy impulse items. It follows the same principle, the more times the store can expose you to items you don't need, the more chance there is that you will buy one or more of them.
Therefore another critical factor in beating the supermarket is to limit the number of trips you make to the store. The more times you go to the store, the more times you will be exposed to impulse items they would like you to buy. The defense against this is to shop the store less times during a month. You should only go grocery shopping once per week.
More than once per week opens you up to excessive exposure to the impulse items on display. If you limit your shopping to once per week then you limit the amount of times the store can persuade you to buy other things.
With your list and your limit on the number of times you go to the supermarket you now have a good defense against the supermarkets main technique to get you spend more than you should. Just make sure you stick to the items on your list when you shop. Do not buy items not on the list no matter how much you want to.
Remember what the store is trying to do. The store is trying to convince you to buy things you don't need. If you are aware of this as you shop the store, you will do a better job of resisting their persuasive methods.
Buy what is on your list only, limit your shopping excursions to only once per week and be aware of the method the store is using to take money out of your pocket. If you do those things, you will be able to resist those impulse buys and you will be able to save money. You will be able to live cheap!
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