5 Things Not to Buy in a Supermarket

by Monika Angel housekeeping
by Reader's Digest Magazine

We love grocery stores. Their stock and trade is food ? fresh, frozen, canned or prepared ? and kitchen staples like paper towels and laundry detergent. But there are a whole host of other items that cost a premium in grocery stores because of the ?convenience? factor. You can get them cheaper at a discount department or hardware store, dollar store, or drug store so leave the following items off your shopping list:

1. Cookware and Kitchen Utensils

It may be convenient to pick up a frying pan while you're buying your bacon, but you'll be paying much more than you ought to for it.

2. Cosmetics, toiletries, and personal care items

It might save time to buy your lip-gloss, moisturizer, toothpaste, razor blades, and deodorant at the same time and place you're getting your food, but you'll be paying a premium price.

3. Small appliances

Why buy a toaster for $40 when you can buy the same toaster for $20 dollars at a discount house? The same theory applies to coffee makers, electric tea kettles, and hot plates.

4. Party supplies

Buy your balloons, funny hats, place cards, candles, and name tags in bulk at a party supply store and you'll pay a whole lot less.

5. Batteries, light bulbs, extension cords

Again, these are pricey specialty items at the grocery store, but cheap impulse buys at a discount hardware, department, or dollar store!

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Ellyn Weber-Bynum Advanced   Online Marketer
Regarding #2: as a rule, I buy these at either Walgreens/CVS, but sometimes there has been a sale, AND I have coupons, I have gotten them cheaper at a grocery store! As always, you just have to compare prices and see where you get the better deal on that particular day.
Feb 1st 2011 07:26   
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