Recently I ran into this piece from MSN titled 10 Things Your Grocery Store Doesn't Want You to Know. Many of the tips deal with health issues, but one of them was definitely a money-related suggestion and I just had to share it with you. Here goes:
Bargains aren’t always a bargain. Who can resist an offer like “buy five, get one free,” or “three for $1”? Apparently, very few people can. “Any time you see numbers in a sign, you’re likely to buy at least 30 percent more than you may have purchased otherwise. “So if you go looking for soup and the sign says “limit 12 per person,” chances are you’ll purchase several more cans than you intended to buy,” he says. And of course, if you buy more than you need, it’s not necessarily a bargain. Or worse yet, it could lead to over-indulging. “Mindless shopping leads to mindless eating,” says Wansink. “Once the stuff is in the house, you’ll eat it whether you really want it or not.”
So be aware of these deals and the impact they have on you subconsciously. When you see them, ask "do I really need that many of this item?" Be honest with yourself in your reply. If you do need that many, go ahead and snatch up the savings. If not, only buy what you want/need and leave the rest behind.