How You Can Help Stores Lower Costs: Supermarket Savvy
When shopping, we often have an “us vs. them” mentality … us against the giant stores. But the reality is, most grocery stores operate on razor-thin profit margins. They want to offer us the lowest possible prices to ensure our continued loyalty, but often times their operating costs are just too high. The Krazy Coupon Lady has published a list of ways we, the consumers, can help stores reduce their operating costs so they can keep prices low.
• BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag. It’s good for the planet, good for the store — and good for you, since many stores offer bag discounts.
• Don’t browse the freezer section with doors open. When I was a kid, my dad caught me doing this at home. He told me to imagine the cold air rushing out as black smoke. This was a powerful visual aid in comprehending how much energy I was wasting. Not only are you costing the store money, the freezer door will frost over. Then every shopper after you will be forced to browse with the door open, too.
• Return your shopping cart. Aldi has the ability to charge low prices partly by having shoppers pay a twenty-five cent deposit to use a cart. Although tiny, this fee provides enough incentive that people return their carts. Other stores have to pay someone to do it.
• Report hazards. If you see spilled food, report it before someone slips on it and sues the store. Nothing like a huge court settlement to make a store go broke.
• Pay cash. Not only will the store save on credit card transaction fees, you’ll often end up spending less.
Shop smart and save! Check out more tips on couponing and savvy shopping!