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Lead us not into temptation: Tips for outsmarting retailers

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Stick to the basics

Grocers tend to put low-margin staples like milk and eggs in the back of the store, said Patricia Huddleston, professor of retailing at Michigan State University.

"What they're trying to do is make consumers look at all of the merchandise on the way to get to the staple items," she said. If a shopper needs only those basics, they should "move directly to the back of the store so that they're not tempted by all the merchandise in between."

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