10 Ways Grocery Stores Trick You Into Spending More


Water-packing Meats

It's on sale, but is it a good deal?
It's on sale, but is it a good deal?

Have you ever seen a label that says something like "up to 10 percent solution"? This is another trick stores use -- packaging meats in a water solution.

Beware of water-packed meats because the price per ounce includes all that solution. Sometimes, you'll spot stickers that claim the solution enhances the food's flavor or its other qualities. Perhaps. But keep in mind that water is relatively free for the grocery store to use, it increases the food's weight and it inevitably jacks up the price you pay. Cheap meats aren't always so inexpensive when you consider hidden costs like this one.