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Do you walk home with heavy groceries?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (13218points) September 25th, 2017

How to keep my hands from hurting? Do you play the untangle spinning bag game too? Any tips other than to take a cab? I use backpacks and duffle bags, but I still have heavy stuff In my hands. Maybe taking more trips and picking up less .

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chyna's avatar

I bought one of these because I sell jewelry at festivals. Here I know it’s a bit pricey, but it folds up and only takes up a little space and I think it would help you.

zenvelo's avatar

I walk home with two heavy paper bags full of groceries all the time. Whole Foods is ¾ mile away. Sounds like you need to work on your conditioning. Or buy fresh foods and stop buying canned goods.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@zenvelo I permenatly damaged my left hand. At best I can carry a gallon of milk in my hand for 15 minutes before it hurts and gives out. Edit redacted.

chyna's avatar

Get a wagon. Maybe look at yard sales.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@chyna I was thinking about really good gloves. I don’t want to stick out that much. I will discuss with my worker next month.

janbb's avatar

There are folding metal carts you can buy for just that purpose.

johnpowell's avatar

I do all my shopping on foot. I can fit it all in my backpack. I just do a few small trips a few times a week.

But it sounds like your walk is a lot longer than mine. I can get to Safeway in 5 minutes.

JLeslie's avatar

In NY many people use folding carts, like what @janbb linked. Even in other states they are sold in many supermarkets. We use them for groceries and bringing laundry to the laundry room when buildings don’t have laundry in the apartments. They are lightweight, and fold up so they can be stored in a closet.

You can use a rolling suit case too. Or, rolling cooler. You’re in a cold climate so keeping items cold probably isn’t a big deal.

flutherother's avatar

I’m fortunate in that I live very close by a large supermarket. You could check out the cost of getting them to deliver to your door. They could deliver the heavy stuff in bulk to save you carrying it.

LostInParadise's avatar

I go along with the folding cart idea. They are not that expensive and would not take up much space in your house. You would not stand out using a cart any more than you currently do lugging paper bags, a duffel bag and a backpack, looking to all the world like a homeless person.

Note: The reason you get a red line when you write duffle is because there is no such word. Right clicking will give a first choice of duffel.

Muad_Dib's avatar

I’m Team Wagon. Or Team Metal Shopping Cart. Or Team Bicycle with Nifty Basket.

zenvelo's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 I didn’t know about your hand injury, so I will join @Muad_Dib‘s Team Bicycle or Team Metal Shopping Cart.

A bicycle would be great for you, good exercise and greatly increase your range of travel without any hassle. And, you can get snow tires for the winter.

BellaB's avatar

I haul a lot of groceries home from about 2 miles away. I usually take my giant rolling duffle bag, my biggest knapsack and at least four canvas bags (2 with shoulder length straps).. Last week, my haul included 20 pounds of potatoes, 24 rolls of toilet paper, about 20 cans of stuff (soup/vegetables etc), fruit, vegetables, about 5 pounds of meat. The total haul likely weighed about 40 pounds. I couldn’t haul that much without the rolling duffle. It replaced the folding cart that was stolen last year.

It’s superhandy when I go to swapmeets. Fill it up to take, carry snacks and a water bottle, plus a fabric de-piller, unload it, load it with new goodies to bring home, layer groceries over if there is room.

I hate shopping so I want to get as much of it done in one shot as I can, so I can put off going again.

The duffle is like this – but nearly hockey bag size –

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

The bulk of our groceries are delivered. I place an order about once a month for heavy and bulky items that have a longer shelf life. For fresh foods, it’s a matter of walking down to the market and grocery store.

We use canvas bags to to carry purchases. Not only are they more sustainable than plastic bags, there isn’t a cost involved, and they seem easier to carry during the uphill hike home.

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