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Visiting supermarkets or convenience stores are a regular occurrence for the majority of people, so the habits we develop in these situations can actually result in significant health impacts and changes.

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Start shopping smarter today with our five practical, easy-to-implement tips below.

1) Don't shop hungry.
Unsurprisingly, the bright lights, distracting music, lack of windows and clocks, and plethora of foods on display mean we quickly become immersed in 'consumer mode' while shopping. If we add an empty stomach to the mix you are bound to walk away spending more money, and on less healthy products.

Easily counter this by shopping after a meal or having a small snack beforehand. You could also bring a small container of trail mix with you to keep you on track!

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2) Make a list... And stick to it!
The organisation and few minutes it takes to write a list definitely prove worth it, and will see you save precious time and money, all the while making better, thought out food choices.

Either build a list through out the week of things you have run out of, or plan your meals in advance and shop according to the ingredients needed.

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3) Have cash to hand.
Whether you are working to a budget or have a bit more leeway, roughly estimate how much your shop will come to (or you would like it to), and bring only that amount in cash.

When you know you don't have the safety net of a credit card available, you physically won't be able to waste money on the various random items that allure you along the way.

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4) Join loyalty programs.
Almost every major supermarket chain provides some form of rewards system to its regular shoppers. Check the registration is free, and if so, you have nothing to lose but may gain discounts, coupons and personalised vouchers.

Take advantage of the fact large chain stores often offer enticing discounts to new shoppers or members. You don't necessarily have to keep shopping there afterwards, but every little saving adds up!

Local newspapers or flyers may also advertise sales or offers you could make the most of.

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5) Make friends with the freezer aisle.
We are always told 'the fresher, the better', and in most cases that is probably true. However, some of the produce on display in supermarkets can actually be days old, and therefore, have already lost significant amounts of its nutritional value.

Here's where frozen fruits and vegetables can be a life saver. Almost always, these foods are snap frozen immediately after harvesting, meaning they still retain the pure, fresh goodness. Frozen fruit and veg are also likely to cost less for the amount you are getting, so you win both health-wise and money-wise.

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