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Use A Handheld Basket At The Grocery Store


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Not only will it force you to watch how much you buy, the weight of the basket will give your arms a good workout while you shop!

- Submitted by EEEEEEOOO 1/15/2011 in Exercise | 29 Comments
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SHAN09 3/5/2012 9:24:00 AM

    This is a great idea when I only need a few items, but with a family with 3 teenagers, I NEED a cart! emoticon
LAINYC 1/3/2013 9:35:00 AM

    I do this most of the time. It really cuts down on impulse buying.
GINA180847 3/5/2012 6:36:00 AM

    I find if I plan my meals and make a list and then only buy what is on the list I do need a cart or my arm suffers too much.After all I only want to go to the store once a wk. and in our home in Canada where we live 100 km. from the store I only want to go once every two wks.
ACVENTERS 1/15/2011 11:19:00 AM

    Now I am shopping for a family - so I tend to use a cart. However, when I was single - I lived by the rule that I would only purchase enough that I could carry. That way I had to use the products; nothing went to waste ... and it would also discipline me to make frequent trips (the grocery store was walking distance from my apartment).
SARAHINSC81 1/15/2013 3:39:00 PM

    thats def good advice, i usually try to grab a basket to save money anyways lol, keeps me from buying extra stuff i dont need if i know i only have room for what i need. the slimfast bottles do tend to get a little heavy though lol emoticon
RASIRE 1/8/2013 12:38:00 PM

    good advice!
CHERYLSBUTT 1/5/2013 7:32:00 PM

    I do this every few days
fresh fruit and veggies
deciding on menu for the next couple of days
I also tend to park away from the store...more steps!
LEANMEAN2 1/5/2013 6:56:00 AM

    This would work when you run in for just a few items but I do a week's shopping once a week. There is no way I could carry all of that, but thanks for the suggestion.
AMANDACOETZER 1/4/2013 7:58:00 AM

BANNERMAN 1/3/2013 11:37:00 PM

    try to when feasible.
KITTYCART8 1/3/2013 9:48:00 AM

    I do this all the time as I shop often and try not to buy many things that come in packages. I also always try to carry my grocery bags, to the car...parked at the back of the lot! I think its a great idea!
DEBBYNATION 1/3/2013 8:34:00 AM

CMORISAK 1/3/2013 6:59:00 AM

SUNSHINE65 3/6/2012 12:11:00 AM

    It's been many years since I could carry my groceries in a basket. I need the cart to make it around the huge stores. I also bring a folding stool so I can rest my legs when I need to.
CHERYLSBUTT 3/5/2012 9:18:00 PM

    i LOVE IT!
KJOHANEK1 3/5/2012 7:49:00 PM

    That is such a simple idea that makes sense. Plus you get an arm workout :)
GYMRAT_AT44 3/5/2012 6:36:00 PM

    Great idea.
MEXIHOLIC 3/5/2012 1:42:00 PM

    This is a standard rule for shopping at Walmart, when the arms are full or hurt time to go and it has saved me hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on useless items.
ALICOTTER 3/5/2012 1:34:00 PM

    As a single person the only time I get a cart is when I have to buy dog food. The big bag of dry just doesn't fit into the cart. Plus that is usually the only time I shop the aisle of the grocery store. try to keep my shopping around the out side of the store. Fresh and frozen foods.
SOCDIRECTOR 3/5/2012 12:38:00 PM

    Such a great idea. But when buying for a growing family, I usually fill the cart with all my parameter shopping alone. I already steer clear of the inside aisles as much as possible.
TAYGRL 3/5/2012 12:32:00 PM

GINGERVISTA 3/5/2012 11:38:00 AM

    Good idea for when picking up just a few things. emoticon
RLAMBERTSC 3/5/2012 9:55:00 AM

    Great tip, thanks

LTMURPHY7 3/5/2012 9:00:00 AM

I've a bad back but I'll tryt it
STRRRETCH23 3/5/2012 7:40:00 AM

    I think it's a great idea and on quick trips to the grocery store, I will use it. Also, putting everything right into the reusable tote makes sense. emoticon
It's simple enough but can make a big impact over time.
PUDLECRAZY 3/5/2012 5:58:00 AM

    LOL! Living in a small health conscious town helps, too because everyone always looks in my cart and feels free to comment on it.

HYATTI1 3/5/2012 5:46:00 AM

    Great advice if you can get away with it but what about the 100's who can't walk, or carry, or move properly what do they do????
KATEM200 3/5/2012 5:30:00 AM

    As a single person, I definitely do this. I usually do it as "whatever I can carry" or "whatever I can fit in my canvas bag" with my gallon of milk being carried separately. It's amazing how easy it is to look at a box of cookies and pass by it if you just don't have space for it.
SLEEPYDEAN 1/15/2011 12:03:00 PM

    I do something similar, but with my reusable shopping bags. I usually take two of my bags in and when they both get unbearably heavy, it is time to go!

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