15 Things We Learned About Grocery Stores This Year

15 Things We Learned About Grocery Stores This Year

There's no getting around it — if you love to cook, you'd better learn to love the grocery store. Or at the very least, learn to navigate it so it works for you. We learned a lot about how to be a better grocery shopper this year.

From common supermarket myths to why it's green to eat at your grocery store, here are the 15 most important takeaways from 2015.

  1. We all fall prey to a few myths: No, the produce isn't sprayed with water to make it heavier, and milk isn't necessarily in the back to make you buy more.
  2. You can make your grocery store work harder for you: You can get discounts for buying in bulk and try just about anything before you buy it.
  3. Some labels are just marketing: Natural, cage-free, angus — these terms don't carry much weight.
  4. Good food is worth traveling for: If you happen to be in one of these six cities, it's worth adding these markets to your sightseeing list.
  5. It's smart to shop around: Whether you're shopping for that evening or planning for the week, it makes sense to shop at multiple stores.
  6. Grocery prices vary for a few reasons: It's not just food quality that results in different prices — there are other factors involved.
  7. There's a reason all grocery stores serve sushi: It's a gateway food designed to get you into the store.
  8. You can shop seasonally at the grocery store, too: There are good deals to be had if you time it correctly — even when you buy things out of season.
  9. As a consumer, you have power: If you want to see something on your grocery store shelves, there's a good chance you can convince your local store to carry it.
  10. Shopping strategically can help your local independent market: If you buy the right things, you can make sure your local store stays in business.
  11. The endcap is more powerful than you ever knew: Shop it smartly; you might find deals or discover a new favorite product.
  12. It's not exactly farm to shelf: Your groceries have a longer trip than you might realize before they arrive at your supermarket.
  13. Grocery store buyers have power: They affect your buying decisions more than you might realize.
  14. Eating at the grocery store is actually eco-friendly: Your grocer is making the most of their inventory at the salad bar and the deli counter. Plus, they're cutting back on waste.
  15. Your grocery store is very conscious about waste: There are many steps before something ends up in the landfill.
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