Transporting Groceries

March 9, 2009

Groceries in Car TrunkI bag my own groceries. I put all the cold stuff together. Canned goods together. Bananas and fruit together, toothpaste and toilet paper together and so on. It's easier to put the groceries away when you get home. You use less bags. You can also bring your own bags. Some stores give credit for using returned grocery bags.


It's so frustrating getting home and dealing with all those nasty plastic bags that don't compost. I also use the plastic bags for trash bags. If you can't bag your own groceries put your items up on the counter in the order you would like them bagged and tell the clerk what you want done and why. They never seem to mind.

Source: I've been bagging my own groceries for years.

By Christine from Dover, DE

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June 10, 2011

I cannot lift my groceries from the car to my house, due to chronic pain back issues. I have no one to help me, I am disabled. Does anyone have any pointers on how to get my groceries from the car to the house? I can take small bags of things in, but water and soda are very heavy. Any pointers to make my life easier? I have no extra money to pay anyone.

By Sarah


June 10, 20110 found this helpful

I purchased inexpensive folding grocery carts, one has 2 wheels and one with 4 wheels. Put it in the auto. Fill the cart with the groceries and wheel right up to the refrigerator, etc.

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June 11, 20110 found this helpful

If you have wheeled luggage, carry it in your car, and put the bags in it to wheel into the house.

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June 13, 20111 found this helpful

Yes. If there is a Trader Joe's store near you, they sell a shopping bag on little wheels. It is just what you need.


If there is no Trader Joes you can order similar bags on wheels on line from Target. The Trader Joe's bag is 7.00

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

You could put the items on a large bed sheet, blanket or tarp. Drag them in that way.

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

You could save a great deal of money by not purchasing those items in the first place. Soda is a caloric waste and all of that sugar is very detrimental to anyone's health, even if they are not already disabled.


You could use a Brita filte/pitcher for your water and again, the savings are self evident. Better for you, better for the environment and your pocketbook!

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

I have both lung and back problems and also don't have anyone to help me so what I do is use the reusable cloth bags with long handles. I put one over each shoulder and make as many trips as need be to get the groceries into my apartment even if it takes a few trips. It truly takes a lot of strain off of the back by carrying them on your shoulders and less huff and puff for the lungs.


I agree about using a filtered water system instead of buying the bottled water at the store but if you want a treat of having sodas or whatever other treats you want just have in moderation because everyone has something they eat or drink or do that is not good for them and we all have our vices whether large or small!

I also think using the luggage on the rollers is a great idea!

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

Have you tried home delivery? They usually charge a small fee for the service but I find they are very good at picking and packing the produce.

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

You have water faucets inside the house? Is the water drinkable? Healthy? Sugar water (Pepsi, Coke, et al) could be expensive cause of ill health. I'd suggest some dietary changes.

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

I'm with Deeli, you might consider some sort of filtering system for your home. As for transporting the groceries, there used to be an aluminum, collapsible wheeled thingie for older and physically challenged folks to move their purchases from Point A to Point B. If they're still on the market, they shouldn't cost much.


If a fully loaded cart is too heavy, perhaps you could combine your strategy with this? Apologies to Tomatohanger and whoever else criticized you for your choices. We like what we like. It's not my place to judge!

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

Perhaps you could use a chair or small table with wheels to put your groceries on and just push it into the house. Good luck!

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June 14, 20110 found this helpful

I don't believe it this lady asks for help on how to get her groceries in the house and she gets advice on how to spend her money and what to buy or not buy. Sweetie maybe you could use a kids wagon if that's in your budget. Maybe there is a pre-teen close that would be willing to help you out for a treat.


My 9 year old grandson loves helping people for an ice cream or soda. Everyone doesn't need to be paid with money they just like helping people in need. Good luck!

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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

Churches in my area have people that donate their time and muscles for shopping and carrying in heavy items for people that need help. They also put the food away for you. It doesn't cost anything but a smile and a thank you. Maybe a church in your area has a similar program? If not, suggest it.

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June 18, 20110 found this helpful

Maybe you could get six packs of can soda if youare buying 2 liters. Water is sold in 12 packs at Dollar General Store and would be lighter than a whole case. Or you could try leaving the drinks or detergent in the car until you have a visitor and kindly ask them to bring the items in for you.

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July 15, 20110 found this helpful

You might look for a good old fashioned red wagon (or whatever color). My mom uses one to move cat and dog food, cat litter, potting soil, etc. from her car to the house or back yard.

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June 1, 20150 found this helpful

Grocery stores and other retailers are keeping a close eye on us aging baby boomers. If we have trouble shopping, they lose income. An increasing number are offering free delivery which, of course, includes bringing all the bags inside. Pick up the 'phone and see who, in your area, will deliver?

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May 9, 20180 found this helpful

Did you expect the person to go through EVERY scenario....Rent in a complex with an elevator.

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