5 Supermarket Secrets You Need to Know

Get insider tips to hack the way you shop.

5 Supermarket Secrets You Need to Know

Going to the grocery store is a routine part of so many lives, but these regular visits can really break the bank over time. A recent decade-long investigation of grocery stores has led to revelations that may forever change the way you approach buying food. With the help of author and entrepreneur Michael Ruhlman, we are going to uncover the best ways to save money and be healthier when you shop. Check out these five secrets to learn something new and spread the word to your loved ones.

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Ask Employees Questions

Supermarket employees actually have a wealth of knowledge that they are ready to share with you if you only ask. For example, they recommend avoiding tenderloin, because it’s the most expensive cut, pound for pound, but it lacks flavor. Instead, opt for chuck, Delmonico, or sirloin steaks. They take a little longer to cook at a lower temperature but they will be more affordable and have more flavor. Also, instead of buying pre-cut chicken, you can buy it whole and ask for the butchers to cut it up for you for free. When buying deli meat, look for whole-cooked meats, aka “chubs”. Once you buy those, bring them to the deli section and they can slice it for you. Doing so will save you more than 50% compared to the brand name or store name meats. You can do the same with cheese, which will save you around $2 each time.

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Want to help lower your risk of getting cancer? The answer could be in the food you eat! Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer at WebMD and the author of "Take Control of Your Cancer Risk," says there are three kinds of foods that could really help prevent cancer: garlic, fish and grapes. And what three kinds of foods should you avoid? Red and processed meats, refined grains, and alcoholic and sugary drinks. Watch the videos below to learn more about how food could be connected to your cancer risk.