9 Supermarket Buys That Are a Huge Waste of Money

Pre-cut foods

While making your favorite winter soups and stews, having a variety of pre-cut vegetables will save you a lot of time, but that convenience comes at a price.

Out-of-season produce

Since summer crops like melons, strawberries, and blueberries must be sent from farther away, purchasing them in the winter will be expensive.


It is likely that you use a lot of oregano, cinnamon, and salt. Each little bottle at the grocery store will cost you anywhere from three to five dollars.

Snack packs

While portion control is important, the convenient snack boxes significantly increase the cost of groceries. Emily Guy Birken, author of End Financial Stress Now

Individual servings

Warshaw advises keeping those single serving packs of rice, quinoa, and macaroni and cheese on the shelf, much like snack packs. Warshaw notes, "These individual servings can be six times more expensive."

Microwave popcorn

If you're lucky enough to get a six-pack of microwave popcorn at the grocery store for less than $6, that is. Conversely, a thirty-ounce bag of the same brand's popcorn kernels?

Name-brand cereal

Although the Cheerios honeybee is cute and silly, $5.99 for a 15-ounce box seems excessive. Hurt. You should purchase generic cereal brands instead because, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Diapers and wipes

As a mother of four, I am aware that, well, things happen, and sometimes the only thing you can do is rush to the closest store and buy a pack of diapers.

Seasonal non-food items

The lovely seasonal items arranged next to the register are meant to detach you from your hard-earned money. According to Birken, seasonal goods are typically not a good deal in grocery stores.