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LIVERMORE, CA - JULY 18: A Safeway customer browses in the fruit and vegetable section at Safeway's new "Lifestyle" store July 18, 2007 in Livermore, California. Safeway unveiled its newest Lifestyle store that features numerous organic and natural foods as well as expanded produce, meat, seafood and floral departments. The store also offers freshly made desserts and baked goods, a coffee roaster, a fresh nut bar and wine section with over 2,000 wines, some of which are stored in a climate controlled wine cellar. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Here’s a tip that could save you a ton of money!

The next time you’re shopping for groceries, leave your phone in your pocket or in the car to be safe!

Researchers at Babson College and the University of Tennessee recently looked at how our phones can affect the way we shop. It turns out people who use their phone at the store spend a LOT more on groceries than people who don’t.

In one study, people added 45% more items to their cart when they used their phone. In a second study, it was 58% more.

The average person spent 41% more money when they used their phone while they shopped, to do things like check social media and respond to texts.

Each second they spent on their phone upped their final bill by 25 to 50 cents. So if you think of it like that, every four seconds on your phone costs you at least a buck.

They say the reason is simple: Your phone is distracting and makes you go slower. The longer we’re in a store, the more we buy.

I also wouldn’t recommend shopping while you’re hungry!

Read more on the study here.