Top items you should never buy at the grocery store

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PHOENIX -- When it comes to grocery shopping, most of us do our best to keep costs down. In fact, some consumers we talked to have a knack for keeping their bill as low as possible.  

One consumer told us, "I definitely look for bargains that I see in the newspaper and stuff. If I see a bargain, I'll definitely go to that particular store."

Another Phoenix consumer said, "Usually, I'll just look for the sales on the stuff we want to buy."  

But according to a recent report by, there are some items you should never buy when you're at the grocery store because you'll almost always overpay.

First on the list? Batteries. You can save up to 70 percent if you buy in bulk at a warehouse club. Even drug stores like CVS offer better deals on batteries than your local grocery store.

Another culprit, magazines. They certainly get your attention while waiting to check out, but if you're serious about a certain magazine consider subscribing. It's a lot cheaper in the long run.

Cut-up stew meat is also a grocery store no-no. Not only is the meat usually lower quality but it's usually overpriced. Instead, buy meat and cut it up yourself.  

You should also stay away from canned goods unless they're on sale. Canned goods are marked up 50 percent so if you see a canned item on sale, stock up.  

And rounding out the list: cereal, laundry detergent, light bulbs and greeting cards. We all need them from time to time, just don't buy them in a grocery store.