The Logical Reason You Should Only Shop At One Grocery Store At A Time
By Crystal Antonace
Grocery costs seem to be on a never-ending rise, with the U.S. Inflation Calculator reporting that food prices have increased by an average of 1.9% from 2012 to 2021 alone. To save money, many shoppers might first try changing the type of items they're buying, but the main problem may lie with the number of stores they're visiting.
According to a 2022 Slickdeals survey, 73% of Americans spent more on impulse buys, with 30% of these purchases accounted for by food and groceries in 2022, meaning that with every new store you enter, more unnecessary impulse items will drive up your bill. Surveys from Driveresearch also indicate that 64% of consumers spend at least 30 minutes on average for every grocery visit, excluding travel time, which can add up quickly.
Extension field specialist from South Dakota State University, Dr. Saboe-Wounded-Head, believes the extra time and money spent at different stores could end up costing you more in the long run. To effectively save money and avoid impulse spending, make a detailed grocery list before heading out, or you can purchase more dried and frozen products to stretch your grocery hauls.