If you want an energy boost, stick to a cup of coffee. An energy drink delivers about the same amount of caffeine as four cups of coffee, along with nearly 10 teaspoons of sugar and some non-FDA-approved ingredients. Linked to cardiac deaths and potentially dangerous changes in heartbeat and blood pressure that coffee doesn’t cause, the drinks are definitely something to leave behind
Items at eye level are nearly always more expensive than those on the bottom shelf, according to Consumer Reports. Manufacturers pay retailers a fee for product placement at eye level.
It might be tempting to pick up a quart of oil for the car in the automotive aisle or a pack of light bulbs for that burnt-out light in the hall. Some supermarkets even let you shop for everything from a diamond ring to home furnishings. Stick to the food aisles in the supermarket. You’ll find non-food items cheaper at a dollar store, pharmacy or big box department store.
Besides frozen items in your grocer’s freezer, supermarkets offer presliced fruit, premade salads, sandwiches and sides. Expect to shell out twice as much as you would as if you bought the ingredients and prepped the food at home yourself, according to a 2016 Consumer Reports survey. The foods often have more salt and preservatives than homemade too.