DENVER (CBS4) – Supermarkets carry a lot more than food these days and it can be easy to grab extras. But a new survey by U.S. News and World Report lists nine things consumers shouldn’t buy at the grocery store.

It would seem spices from a specialty store would cost more than at a grocery store.

“It’s easier to buy them, I feel, a lot of spices in bulk because you can pick your sizes,” a shopper said.

CBS4 Money Saver Suzanne McCarroll was surprised to find that specialty cheese shops were ranked as a more inexpensive place to buy cheese.

“I don’t think it’s such a surprise, really. We monitor them for their prices and try to match them. I can beat them if I want to,” The Cheese Company owner told McCarroll.

The Cheese Company is located at 5575 East 3rd Avenue.

Beware of going to specialty stores to pick up an item because the employees often try suggestive selling to get the shopper to buy more.

“Well if somebody wants a half a pound of brie, we don’t let them get out of here without buying two half-pounds of something else,” the cheese shop owner told McCarroll. “So we talk them into it and sample like crazy.”

Fruits and vegetables are often less expensive at small stores or farmers markets. At Pete’s Fruits & Vegetables located, at 5606 East Cedar Avenue, on Wednesday strawberries, blueberries and blackberries were just $1 for a container and three for $2.

“His prices are almost always better than the grocery store,” a shopper said. “And I do a lot of comparison shopping.”

Pots and pans will cost more in supermarkets. Kitchen appliances are also a better deal at places like Sam’s Club or Costco. And cosmetics are usually less expensive at a big box store or a chain drug store.

It may be convenient to pick up light bulbs at the supermarket, but larger retail hardware stores are the way to go.

Buy party supplies at dollar stores where they cost about two-thirds less. And ground coffee is less expensive to buy at a big warehouse store like Sam’s Club or Costco.

LINK: The list from U.S. News and World Report


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