Overpaying For Groceries While Traveling
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The family and I headed out of town on Friday to spend Easter weekend at the home of some in-laws. They were hosting Easter dinner on Sunday, but invited us to come for the weekend since we hadnâ€™t seen them for a while. We needed some supplies for the items we were going to contribute to the dinner. Instead of buying them at home, packing them, and trying to keep some of them cold for the several hour trip to their home, we decided it would be more convenient to just find a grocery store once we got there.
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That decision would turn out to be a big mistake.
Once we got to our destination and relaxed for a bit, we asked for directions to the nearest grocery store. Following my brother-in-lawâ€™s instructions, we found ourselves in the parking lot of a well-known chain grocery store that I knew had much higher prices. Since we were unfamiliar with the area, and we were already in the parking lot of a grocery store, we decided to march forward.
As we strolled through the isles, I almost couldnâ€™t believe what I was seeing. Many times there will be minute differences in the prices of items between stores, but every item I put in the cart I could quote a significantly lower price offered by our usual grocery store. Twelve packs of soda, Miracle Whip, packages of cookies, even the eggs from the dairy section were priced much higher.
The total given to us by the cashier was, by my estimation, about 50% higher than what I would have gotten the same items for at home.
There likely was a less expensive grocery store somewhere nearby, but not knowing the area we had opted to go to the closest grocery store for convenience. Next time we’ll take the time to do a little more research before heading off to to the nearest grocery store.
Have you ever found yourself in an unfamiliar area, and paid more because you took the most convenient shopping option?
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