Before buying, consumer should ask him/herself a few questions:
- Do I have sufficient storage space?
- Do I have plenty of refrigerator and freezer space to keep food fresh?
- Do I have a large family or friends to share bulk purchases with?
Those who answer yes to those questions can save a lot of money shopping at warehouse, but they should keep these points in mind.
“Sell by” Date/Expiry Date:
- Consumers should always check items for the expiry date
- Buy items days away from the expiry date
- Expiration” date indicates when the product should be thrown away
Sell by”date is the last day a product should be sold
A “best if use by” date tells you when you can expect the quality to be at its peak
Knowing the prices:
- As always, shoppers need to know prices
- All items must be priced either individually or on the shelf that the items are been displayed
- The consumer should keep an eye on the labeling of the product. This is required by law.
- Ask yourself if the store you shop at gives you the best value for money?
- Make a list of frequently bought items
- Check out unit prices. A unit price is the cost for the smallest unit of measure, such as a ounce or a milligram.
- Unit prices also help you to compare similar items made by different manufacturers
- Buy the food that sells for the least amount per unit, unless you know that the quality is poor or that you don’t need or can’t store a large amount.
- When items you frequently use are on sale stock up.
- Remember it’s worth checking out alternatives to the priciest products.
- Compare ingredients when they are listed on labels to determine how similar products are.
- Your receipt is your legal document for purchase. Hold on to it in case it is needed at a later date.
- Always back check your receipt
- Keep a eye on the cash scanner making sure the price on the item is what is scanned
- Buy local produce in season. They are usually fresher and free of pesticides.
- Wash thoroughly or peel produce
- Read and decode food labels, this will help you choose food that make up a healthful diet.
- Check to make sure that all food labels display nutrition and ingredients list
- Return spoiled food or any product you believe is short weighted or expired to the store manager
- Report packaged food that is contaminated or spoiled