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What's in Your Shopping Cart?

Updated on March 12, 2009

Do you find yourself analyzing other people's shopping carts when you are waiting in line at the grocery store? I do and I find it fascinating. I like to think I can tell a lot about a person from what they are buying at the grocery store. Then I laugh at what people must think of me as I cherry pick my way through the store. I think it is important though, that we also analyze our own shopping cart.

The next time you go grocery shopping, before you pay for your items, stop and look in your cart and analyze what you are purchasing. Do you have lots of prepackaged convenience items? Do you have ingredients to do some scratch cooking? Do you have lots of beverages that add empty calories to your diet? Do you have lots of fresh produce? Did you stick to your list or throw in a bunch of random things as you shopped? What is in your shopping cart can tell you a lot about how you eat and where your money goes.

Take some time to think about whether you really need the 12 pack of soda. Do you need that many apples or will they go bad before you eat them? The most wasteful thing to spend money on is the food you have to throw away. Did you forget something? Go back and get it to avoid a trip to the store later in the week. Do you have the money to buy all the groceries in your cart or do you need to put something back to stay within your budget? Does your shopping cart reflect the way you want to be eating?

Before you check out, take some time to analyze your own cart and evaluate your shopping habits. Before you pay is the best time to make sure you are getting the right things for you. If you want to stop eating junk food, don't bring it in your home. If you grabbed it out of habit, stopping and thinking before you pay will give you an opportunity to put it back. I have handed items to the check out clerk before after determining I didn't need them or didn't have the money for them. There is nothing wrong with that. The best way for you to stay on track is to take a close look at your shopping cart before you pay.


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    • Shelly McRae profile image

      Shelly McRae 8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      LOL! I do the same thing. I can't believe how many times I look at a cart full of fatty foods and think "There's a heart attack waiting to happen!"

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      suppee 8 years ago from Cheshire, England

      yup, this is so true, and I often find myself looking at the person and seeing if what they've bouh is a relection of their lives. Most often it is. Scary what others might think about my shopping cart. Faces become very familiar as you keep bumping into the same people in different isles! By the way,if you enjoy shopping online, where others can't spy you, and want to grab some money back, Let me know... I know Super shopping store.