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Items You Shouldn't Buy from the Grocery Store

Updated on March 3, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.


All of us know the grocery store sells more than just groceries. These days you can pick up almost anything from the grocery store. However, that doesn't mean you should.

We often go to the grocery store for one item and by the time we leave, our basket is full with things that are not food.

What, then, are things that you shouldn't buy from the grocery store? You would be surprised how long the list is of things that you shouldn't buy from the grocery store.

Even some foods should not be bought from the grocery store.

Do Not Buy Pre-Cut Vegetables and Fruits From The Grocery Store

Believe it or not, there are some foods you should never buy from the grocery store just because they are there.

For example, you should never purchase pre-cut vegetables and fruits from your local grocery store. Save money by cutting up your own apples into slices and chop up your own onions and celery. Why pay extra money by buying them pre-cut?

Do Not Buy Baked Goods From the Grocery Store

Let's say you are already in the grocery store and you see a nice selection of baked goods. While you are tempted to buy some, keep this in mind. The baked goods at the grocery store are marked up 300% in some cases.

The ingredients to make your own baked goods are quite inexpensive. Flour, eggs, sugar, and eggs will cost you much less than store-bought baked goods. A box of cake mix costs about a dollar, and you can make your own cake.

Forget about the baked goods in the bakery and head to the baking aisle to buy ingredients to save you money.


Do Not Buy Cut Up Chicken From Grocery Store

There is nothing wrong with cutting up a chicken when you get home from the store. Purchase a whole chicken and save money. You get 2-3 times the amount of chicken for your money by buying a whole chicken instead of individual pieces.


Do Not Buy Pre-Seasoned Meats From the Grocery Store

There is a variety of meats already pre-seasoned for you at the meat counter. Steak kabobs, cubes of meat for a stir fry, and chicken tenders are usually marked up by about 60%. If you want to save money, pick up larger pieces of meat and cut them up into the size you want to use.

If you buy a large piece of meat, ask the butcher to trim the fat off of it before he weighs it. You are paying for the meat per pound. Why paid for the fat that you will throw away?

Do Not Buy Frozen French Fries From The Grocery Store

The freezer section in the grocery stores has a variety of frozen French fries. Do not buy them. They can cost you up to $4 for a 16-ounce bag. Instead, buy a 5-pound bag of potatoes for much less and make your own French fries. Besides, you will get triple the amount when you do it this way.


Do Not Buy Individual Sizes Of Snacks From the Grocery Store

They might be convenient for your lunch and your kids' lunch, but those individual servings of potato chips and other snacks cost you up to 50% more than if you would buy a large bag and put a serving portion in a Ziploc bag. Families could save up to $150 a year by doing it this way.

Do Not Buy Spices and Herbs From The Grocery Store

You pay much more when you purchase spices and herbs from the grocery stores. You pay 90% less if you bought them from a local ethnic store. You buy even less when you buy generic brands.

Do Not Buy Pet Food From The Grocery Store

You pay too much when you buy pet food from the grocery store. It is better to purchase pet food from a warehouse store or big box stores like Walmart and Target. You will definitely get more pet food for your money.


Do Not Buy Party Supplies From The Grocery Store

Stock up on party supplies from the dollar store so you will not be tempted to buy party items from the grocery store. Grocery store prices are much more expensive, and you will have better choices at a party supply store or the dollar store.

Do Not Buy Greeting Cards From The Grocery Store

There might be a whole aisle of greeting cards in your local grocery store. However, do not be tempted to buy them. Your best bet is to stock up on greeting cards from the dollar store which usually cost only $0.50 each. Greeting cards cost much more in the grocery store.


Do Not Buy Batteries From the Grocery Store

You might be tempted to pick up a package of batteries from the grocery store when you run out of them. Instead, try to stock up on batteries from warehouse club stores like Costco and Sam's. The prices are also better online at sites like Amazon. You will get more for your money when you buy them in bulk.


Do Not Buy Cleaning Products From The Grocery Store

The grocery store is no place to buy cleaning products even though they are on the shelves there. You will find the best deals on household cleaning products from big box stores as well as from the dollar store.

Some people have learned to save money by making their own cleaning products by using what they already have on hand, such as baking soda, vinegar, salt, and lemon.


Do Not Buy Kitchen Utensils From The Grocery Stores

You have probably seen all sorts of kitchen and cooking utensils in the grocery store. Utensils like spatulas, cookie sheets, and aluminum pans are available in the grocery store. Know that these utensils sell for 30% or more than they do at stores like Walmart and Target.

Do you buy any of the above items from the grocery store?

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, peachy, for reading and commenting on my article.

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks for your update, I agree that meats and fruits that had been cut are usually left on the shelf for many days, not fresh anymore

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Kyriaki, thanks a lot for reading and commenting. Yes, we live and learn. Sometimes it is easier to just pick up items from the grocery store since we are there anyway.

    • Kyriaki Chatzi profile image

      Kyriaki Chatzi 

      4 years ago

      I'd never thought that products such as batteries and cleaning products belonged in such list. Thanks for the Hub!! Look forward to reading more!

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Peg, you are exactly right about the watermelons. I have noticed that. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      It is amazing that things like the cut up fruit and veggies cost so much more than whole food at the grocery store. A cut portion of melon is extremely expensive when compared to the amount that you get from a whole melon. Sure, it takes a few minutes, but you're right about the savings.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Susan, I wrote the article, but I am guilty of buying many of the items on the list. Like you, I do know not to buy greeting cards from the grocery store.

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Guilty! At least for several of these items that I do buy from the grocery store. I especially appreciate the reminder about not buying greeting cards and party supplies from the grocery store. I don't like to shop all over town, but a quick trip to the dollar store is barely out of my way and I know I save money there when I shop wisely. Great topic, excellent article!


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