1. Don't Shop Hungry.
Smell the tulips and freshly baked banana-nut muffins near the supermarket entrance? They're there to get your salivary glands juiced up. First they assail your nostrils, then your wallet.
2. Buy Less to Waste Less.
A significant percentage of what we buy ends up in the garbage, particularly fruits and vegetables. Buy fewer.
3. Buy the House Brand.
A store-brand product is usually just as good as the name-brand item that costs 30 cents more.
4. Bank Your Cash.
Americans tend to buy way more than necessary. There's no need to buy a three-month supply of extra-strength paper towels.
5. Leave Your Kids at Home (If You Can).
Stores often position balls, gadgets, pens and candy right at kids' eye level.