Did You Know...?


...That you should never go shopping hungry, even when you're not buying groceries? And some retailers use certain scents like the smell of fresh-cut grass to make us buy. That's according to a new book by Martin Lindstrom called 'Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy.' The author spent three years and $7 million studying the brains of consumers as they shopped and watched commercials. His book reveals a lot of interesting discoveries about how we buy or not buy.

...We shoppers spent 0.6 percent more in February than we did in January, according to the National Retail Federation? The bad news, at least for retailers, is that we spent 5 percent less this February compared to last February. So what did we buy? Mostly clothing and accessories. Electronics, appliances and furniture were next in line.

...If you feel really unorganized, now may be the time to invest in a new shelving system? The Container Store usually has an annual sale on its Elfa shelving, which can be somewhat pricey. But the store is advertising another 30 percent off -- in addition to its annual reduction. Now, if I could just find my car keys...

...Nordstrom really wants you to have a new pair of shoes? Normally the store makes you spend a whopping $200 on its Web site to get free shipping. But they're offering free shipping for any shoe purchase, large or small. It also helps that the store is having a shoe sale with prices marked down up to 40 percent.

...That JCPenney has linked up with some well-known designers to sell their lines of clothes at affordable prices? Does this sound like Kohl's and Target or is it just me? The new collections were designed by Nicole Miller, Michele Bohbot, Allen B. Schwartz, Kimora Lee Simmons and Charlotte Ronson. Some of the threads go from pretty casual to night-out-on-the-town dresses. Prices will range from $15 for layering tees and tanks to $80 for dresses.

...If you don't feel like going to the grocery store for tonight's dinner you could plug what ingredients you do have into RecipeMatcher.com and get a recipe? There's hope yet for that half-empty container of ketchup and the unopened bottle of fish sauce in my cabinet.

Do you have any interesting shopping tidbits to share? What sales have you seen lately?

By Tania Anderson |  March 19, 2009; 12:00 AM ET Did You Know... , General Interest
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Too much stuff? Forget elfa. Two words: garage sale. Two more? OK: Salvation Army.

And gosh, that shop-your-pantry idea was real interesting when I read about it ALL LAST WEEK in the "Eating Down the Fridge" series by The Post's own Kim O'Donnel.

I guess I will have to add "reading The Post" to my list of things that only the little people do - alongside paying taxes and clipping grocery coupons.

Color me not impressed.

Posted by: mattintx | March 19, 2009 10:42 AM

Did I know not to go shopping when hungry or that aromas trigger the brain, making products attractive? Only since the 80's. But, then, I'm old and have read widely. If I sound sarcastic, I am - these musings are incredibly plebian/grade school. Does anyone NOT, by now, know the many creative ways to re-purpose shoe boxes, shipping boxes, etc. for storage?

From what I've seen comment-wise, people who respond to your 'musings' are pretty much the people who already know this stuff: WE'RE giving YOU solutions/ideas. Muse about something we don't know, or about something that'll catch the eye of the people you NEED to reach.

Posted by: msgindc | March 19, 2009 12:15 PM

In reality, most of the people I know, myself included,
1.) are on a budget and can only buy X amount, whether they're hungry or not;
2.) have decided to wear out the soles of the 10 pairs of shoes that they already have to add to the grocery budget (see #1);
3.) have decided to take last summer's clothes out for another spin to add to the grocery budget (see #1).

The RecipeMatcher.com could prove to be useful, though, if it can come up with simple recipes for common ingredients. I will have to check that out.

Posted by: ohalvey | March 19, 2009 1:20 PM

In reality, most of the people I know, myself included,
1.) are on a budget and can only buy X amount, whether they're hungry or not;
2.) have decided to wear out the soles of the 10 pairs of shoes that they already have to add to the grocery budget (see #1);
3.) have decided to take last summer's clothes out for another spin to add to the grocery budget (see #1).

The RecipeMatcher.com could prove to be useful, though, if it can come up with simple recipes for common ingredients. I will have to check that out.

Posted by: ohalvey | March 19, 2009 1:23 PM

What happened to the Post's other consumer blog, The Checkout? It hasn't been updated in months!

Posted by: subwayguy | March 19, 2009 2:10 PM

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