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19 products that are not worth buying at the grocery store

Do you like the grocery store next door and are you used to buying everything there? If so, most likely, and the store loves you - more precisely, loves the fact that you are willing to spend so much on items that can be obtained for much less money elsewhere. Money Talks News.

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1. Greeting Cards

Anyone who bought a greeting card at the grocery store was shocked: $ 4,95 per piece of beautifully designed cardboard? There are better options. Go to a dollar store and buy some great options for a dollar or even 50 cents.

If you don't want to go to another store, check out the deals on Amazon. Another option is to make your own postcard.

2. Batteries

Rechargeable batteries are an integral part of life, especially if your kids want to watch TV in the early morning or you also don't mind flipping channels with the remote control. But in this case, there is no reason to overpay.

Head to a warehouse store of your choice and buy bulk packaging - that way you pay less for each battery. Amazon also sells batteries in bulk, including its own brand AmazonBasics.

3. Magazines

One issue of a magazine bought at the grocery store will cost you $ 3 or 4 or more. Many publications you can subscribe to - they will be brought to your home for a whole year for less than $ 20.

4. Diapers

Who knew it was so expensive to provide a baby with diapers? Of course, experienced parents know. But for newly minted mums and dads, it might come as a surprise. It's easy to buy them at the grocery store, but you'll pay much less for a diaper using Amazon Subscribe & Save. This option gives Prime members up to 20% off on diaper subscriptions - typically a recurring delivery system, depending on what was selected when they signed up.

Plus, if you plan your deliveries correctly, you never have to worry about being diaper-free in the middle of the night. If you're ready to keep an eye out and wait for good sales, another option is to buy pharmacy-branded diapers from the pharmacy.

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5. Alcoholic beverages

Beer and wine generate revenue for grocery stores, but you can minimize the margin by shopping at a store. You may not even need special membership. In some states, non-club members may buy alcohol in a store because of state laws, so you should call the nearest store and ask about the sales policy.

6. Toothbrushes

Do you buy toothbrushes at the grocery store? You do not go to the dentist? If you do, you will find that the dentists are full of brushes.

Yes, most people visit the dentist every six months, and you should change your toothbrush more often. However, if you ask, the doctor will most likely give you one or two new toothbrushes before your next visit.

7. Cakes for special occasions

Getting a birthday cake at the grocery store is convenient, but it's not so cheap, especially if you need to feed the crowd. Instead, head back to the warehouse store, where you can get a giant decorated cake at the same price that many grocery stores charge for small baked goods.

8. Animal feed

The grocery store isn't the worst place to buy pet food, but you can get it for less. Stores that offer discounts when setting up automatic deliveries:




9. Bottled water

If you do not live in a city where water is not suitable for drinking, there is no reason to buy bottled water. Water from your tap is fine. Invest in a pair of reusable water bottles and refill them at home. If local tap water does not inspire confidence, buy a water filter or filter jug ​​and store it in the refrigerator in case you want to drink cold or refill reusable bottles. If you still want to buy bottled water, do it in a storehouse.

10. Frozen pancakes

Why someone buys frozen pancakes remains a mystery. Cooking pancakes at home is very simple. Cooking takes a little time: a few minutes to prepare the text and a little longer to bake. Cook a large portion over the weekend and freeze for a week. One pancake will cost you a few cents.

11. Baking mixes

Let's take it one step further by skipping the grocery store for basic baking mixes. All you can do is just pay more. This also applies to base mixes for cookies, cakes and pastries. These things are not that hard to do from scratch. By not buying formula, you will save money and possibly add health to yourself.

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12. Kitchenware

The grocery store knows that you may need some equipment to cook the food you buy. That's why many stores have a selection of pots, pans, and even small kitchen appliances. Try to resist the urge to buy it all. You will most likely find the best prices and quality at home or Amazon stores.

13. Spice

Herbs and spices can be another shocking commodity at the overpriced grocery store. Buy spices from wholesalers - not only can the price per ounce be lower, you can also buy as much as you need. There is no point in purchasing a whole jar when you only need a teaspoon. You can also buy cheap spices at the dollar store, but the quality can be questionable.

14. Party Supplies

Like greeting cards, party supplies are sold at the grocery store at a premium. Make no mistake when buying candles, tablecloths, and colorful napkins there. Go to the dollar store and buy such things very cheaply.

15. Coffee

For many, it is the elixir of life, which is probably why it costs so much at the grocery store. To get cheaper coffee, you have several options. Again, do you notice? - it is worth going to a warehouse store to stock up on large bags of grain, ground and capsule coffee.

If you have a Keurig coffee machine, you can also register it on, where from time to time we send out advantageous offers.

The most amazing thing is that you can find low coffee prices at office supply stores such as Staples. These stores also have online coupons and loyalty programs to help you save even more.

16. Toilet paper

There can be no more important product for family harmony than toilet paper. But how much a roll of paper wrapped around a tube can cost in a grocery store can break the harmony. Go to a warehouse store or office supply store for discount bulk purchases. Amazon's Subscribe & Save also comes in handy.

17. Light bulbs

The need to light an entire house can be very expensive. Therefore, if you want to save money, go past the stand with bulbs in a regular grocery store. You can find them cheaper at the store or at Amazon.

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18. Individually packaged snacks

You want to buy a giant box of goldfish crackers and put them in your school lunch bags, but it looks like a very time consuming task. Still, don't buy individually packaged snacks at the grocery store.

You can get a large box of such products at a much lower price per serving if you go to a warehouse store or see what your local dollar store has.

19. Gift cards

Forgot to buy a gift? No problems. The grocery stores have convenient stands at the checkout where you can choose gift cards of all kinds. It seems that you pay only the face value. Why then did this item appear on the list? Because, having gone to a warehouse store, you can buy gift cards with a face value of $ 100 for only $ 80. Interesting options can also be found here:

Gift Card Page BJ

Gift Card Page Costco

Gift Card Page Sam's club

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