25 Mistakes You're Making at the Grocery Store

Shopping smart means more than just hunting for a bargain.
Sarah Crow

The grocery store is the great equalizer: no matter your age, sex, race, or socioeconomic status, you're bound to spend at least some of your time perusing its aisles on a regular basis. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spends upwards of five hours a week shopping. 

And while you might assume that, after so many years of loading up your cart and heading to the checkout, you've more or less gotten the hold of things, there are likely dozens of critical errors you're making every time you set foot in a supermarket. From picking up free goodies along the way to navigating the wrong aisles, these grocery shopping mistakes could be the real reason the numbers on the scale keep going up. 

If you want to get healthier and slim down in a hurry, start by avoiding these 25 mistakes you're making at the grocery store. And when you're ready to lose those extra pounds for good, add these 40 Foods That Fight Obesity to your menu.