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Ten Surprising Facts Supermarkets Won't Tell You

For most families, food budgets are relatively elastic. Compared to fixed expenses like mortgages or car loans, they're the area where you have the most choice about how much to spend each month.

Think so? Think again! Visit the supermarket, and you'll be subjected to a barrage of proven tactics, all designed to encourage over-spending.

Check out this article from MSN Health and Fitness, listing 10 Things Your Grocery Store Doesn't Want You to Know.

It'll help you wise up to the many ways the market is after your wallet.

Our favorite:

There’s nothing haphazard about the layout of your grocery store. ... Walk in the front doors and chances are you’re faced immediately with hard-to-resist items (not on your list) like fresh-cut flowers or just-baked loaves of bread. Just try walking past them en route to a carton of milk without tossing something extra into your cart. In fact, research has shown that 60 percent to 70 percent of what ends up in our carts is unplanned.

10 Things Your Grocery Store Doesn't Want You to Know

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Organize Finances With A Money Day

Finance blogger J.D. Roth has an intriguing concept for better financial organization: a Money Day.

Using a vacation day during the work-week (so that you'll be able to visit or call financial institututions), spend 8 hours doing all those put-it-off financial chores. On Money Day, you might set up money management software, close dormant accounts, or call credit card issuers to request lower interest rates.

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Organize Coupons With A Coupon Organizer

make a coupon organizerWith food prices on the rise, are you thinking about coupon clipping? Done right--and done organized--using coupons can add up to big savings at the supermarket.

The catch? You have to keep them organized.

Now there's help, with this how-to from TipNut.com. Whether you use the envelope system, or create a coupon binder to sort, store and organize coupons, try these ideas to get organized for supermarket savings:

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