Choosing the Right Checkout Line


Successful people usually always play to win, they know the rules and then they devise a plan of attack and then implement it to their advantage. This applies to work, leisure and yes, even at the supermarket. Who want’s to spend more time than necessary strolling up and down the aisles when you could be doing much more productive. Here’s to choosing the right checkout line.

Want to spend less time in the supermarket here are some helpful tips…

Choosing the right check out line

1.) Look for a line with a bagger. The bagger will help speed up that line 100% times faster than a cashier working by themselves who are scanning and bagging your groceries. 

2.) Look for fastest cashier, they can have hundreds of additional scans per hour of groceries than their cohorts just one line over. 

3.) Count the shopping carts in each line and go for the one with the least carts. If all carts in line are equal then check out the items in the carts and if there is a bagger in that line. If there are a lot of identical items like a dozen cans of dog food verses a dozen different items pick that line. The dozen cans of dog food don’t have to be individually scanned or rung up in the cash register unlike 20 different items.

4.) Look for carts that contain a lot of produce such as fruits and vegetables, each of those items has to be weighed and rung up individually, move on.

5.) Watch out for the personal check writers who slowly pulls out their check books and takes forever writing out the balance while asking numerous questions about who knows what and then realizes they need cash back and voids that check and rewrites another one.

Product Placement in supermarketsTips for savings at supermarkets:

Always complete your shopping within a half hour since customers tend to spend $1.70 per minute extra after they have been in a supermarket more than 30 minutes according to current research. Supermarkets are designed to slow you down as much as they can. Remember that half empty shopping cart invites impulse buying. 

1.) Always look for generic products typically concerning paper products, laundry products, soaps, canned fruits and vegetables. Don’t be fooled by the advertising about stronger super absorbent paper towels. Total waste of money and the store brand will work just fine for wiping up spills and drying hands. Store brands are most probably made by the same national brand manufactures as the advertised ones.

Product Placement in grocery stores

2.) Always buy milk in cardboard containers not translucent plastic jugs. The reason is when milk is exposed to fluorescent lighting in the supermarket the milk oxidizes and develops a flat taste and also loses vitamin C. 

3.) Impulse buying is what the supermarket is hoping you will fill your cart with. While your standing in line at check out surrounded by magazines, batteries, candy, chewing gum and videos this is their perfect time to sell you more stuff. In fact the check out line actually sells 3x’s as much merchandise per sq foot as the total store. These are typically high profit items that are sold at department stores for much less. 

4.) Companies pay big bucks to supermarkets to ensure their products are at an adult or a child’s eye level depending on the product, this is called product placement. The industry calls this practice stocking fees or “slotting allowances” and they pay supermarkets to place their brand name products squarely in front of the consumer which are typically high profit items.

5.) Don’t purchase non-food items such as light bulbs, office supplies, medicine and auto which are typically overpriced for convenience and can be bought at other stores like K-Mart, Wal-Mart or Home Depot.