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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Some labels are just marketing: Natural, cage-free, angus — these terms don't carry much weight.
- 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.
- 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.
- Grocery prices vary for a few reasons: It's not just food quality that results in different prices — there are other factors involved.
- There's a reason all grocery stores serve sushi: It's a gateway food designed to get you into the store.
- 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.
- 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.
- Shopping strategically can help your local independent market: If you buy the right things, you can make sure your local store stays in business.
- The endcap is more powerful than you ever knew: Shop it smartly; you might find deals or discover a new favorite product.
- It's not exactly farm to shelf: Your groceries have a longer trip than you might realize before they arrive at your supermarket.
- Grocery store buyers have power: They affect your buying decisions more than you might realize.
- 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.
- Your grocery store is very conscious about waste: There are many steps before something ends up in the landfill.