A BUDGETING expert has shared two tricks on how to avoid wasting money when shopping at Costco.
The first step the creator shared is to make sure you don’t get distracted by all the shiny electronics you see when first walking into the store.
The TikToker recommends looking at the floor so you aren’t swayed.
“The more I look, the more money I’m going to spend,” said the user.
He then makes a beeline for the back of the store, where the meat is kept.
“I’m going to avoid anything that says ‘organic’ on it because that’s just a marketing ploy trying to get you to spend more money,” he said.
When buying paper towels, the user said the only ones he buys are the Costco brand Kirkland Signature along with the toilet paper as well.
“I’m not gonna get the name brand, they probably come out of the same factory anyway.”
His haul came out to a total of $60.69 after purchasing meat, dairy, and non-perishable items.
The main takeaway from his strategy is to avoid getting distracted from your shopping goals.
“People are so accustomed to over-spending at retail stores that they are amazed to see someone spend less than $100. That’s why I think the video has gone viral,” he told Daily Dot.
“The entire retail experience is a mind game by businesses trying to make customers feel good about spending more money.”
He added that product labeling and placement are specifically designed to play games on the customer’s mind.
“I don’t claim to be an expert in organic food, but everything I understand about the retail business tells me to not trust any of it,” he said.
“The less you buy into any corporation’s mind games, the more money you’re going to have.
“That’s the message I hope TikTok is seeing from my videos: be skeptical of everything you see from a business.
“All they want is your money. You work hard for your money, don’t let any business take it away from you easily.”