Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Help Hauling Groceries

Grocery shopping. It's the unending chore.

You make your list.
You drive to the store.
You shop for your groceries.
You pack in them in bags.
You load the bags in the car.
You drive home.
You unload the bags.
Unload more bags.
Unload more bags.
You unpack the bags.
You put the items away.

The process, it takes a while. I haven't found anything that will do the job for you (unless maybe your husband is willing -- in which case, I envy you), but I have found something that makes the bag hauling a little easier:

When I first saw these for sale at our grocery store, I didn't think much of it. I mean, I'm no die-hard environmentalist. Don't get me wrong, we do what we can to save the earth. We recycle. We try to eat organic. But I don't drive a hybrid car. I'm not a vegetarian. My children use disposable diapers. Bringing my own bags to the grocery store always felt like it would be more work.

But, I noticed my friends were starting to use these bags. A shameless follower, I bought four bags for $0.99 a piece and thought I'd give it a try.

I'm in love.

These bags hold two to three times the amount of your average plastic grocery bag. That means less trips back and forth unloading groceries. What's more, they have long handles, so I can haul heavier bags by slinging them onto my shoulder, instead of feeling like my biceps are going to explode. The bags also come in handy for toting various kid items to the park. The only drawback is that they do not efficiently tote kids. Ah, how I jest!

Anywho -- it's a simple change that makes your life easier while helping out the earth in the process.

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Kristen said...

I've been eyeing these up and wondering if I should make the switch. Thanks for the push in the right direction! (I'm loving my C.G. Lash Blast, btw.)

Trina said...

I have a few bags I use that I got from They attach to your cart and are alot easier to load and unload. Two bags at the most for me, since two will fill up one cart.

mah-meeee said...

totally with you! i got a few of those bags and they work wonders. i can haul lots in them and i dont' end up with all these flimsy plastic bags that ends up underneath my sink.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Never even considered them before...Can you use them at any grocery store such as a Wal-Mart? I'll be looking into purchasing a couple. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love them when I walk to the store because they make carrying the groceries home easier. I give one to each kid and we can haul a lot!

Gettysburg Mom said...

thanks for stopping by... i too felt like it was a whole new world of grocery toteing when i bought these bags...and you can use them for any shopping you do...not just groceries!