SHOPPING MADE EASY: A REVIEW OF TROLLEY BAGS
When I took my career break in the summer of 2013 we looked at ways to reduce our expenditure. An obvious way was to start shopping in a discount supermarket. While I love my choice of supermarket for the uninitiated the check out experience can be mildly hair-raising. You need your wits about you as products seem to fly off the end of the check-out conveyor belt. You need to be on your game if you want to pack your bags at that point and not end up with a massive pile of goods hanging precariously off the edge of the check out. I’m usually not on my game so just fling them into the trolley and then have to pack them afterwards in the packing area which is a total pain.
So when I was contacted about trying out Trolley bags I was super excited. What a simple but super clever idea. Shopping bags that are durable, reusable and easy to place into your trolley to keep your hands free to do the packing, even at speed in a discount supermarket! I couldn’t wait to give them a go. They roll neatly up and have handles to carry them into the supermarket and hang them off your trolley while you go about your regular shopping.
Once you empty out your products onto the conveyor belt you can unclip the velcro strap and spread the 4 different coloured and different sized bags across length of the trolley. The edges of the bags are designed to sit on the edge of the trolley, keeping the bag open and in place.
It makes the whole process so easy. It just comes down to remembering that bag number 1, the biggest one, should be used for the bulky but light items and the smallest bag for the heaviest items. I’m sure once I’ve given them a go a few times I will get even quicker but I can tell you then sense of satisfaction to be able to walk out of the supermarket and not have to stop for ten minutes to take everything out of my trolley again to pack was blissful (it is the simple things, isn’t it?!).
If your local supermarket has a scan and shop facility then there is no fumbling around trying to get your product into the bags. Just scan and pop them into the appropriate bag. Once at the car the bags unclip from each other and go into the boot as any other shopping bags. At home, again, like any other bag, they are just carried in, unpacked and then clipped back together and rolled up for next shopping outing.
Check out this video that explains them perfectly!
In Ireland, and I am sure in many other countries, plastic shopping bags are now chargeable. You can buy slightly more durable bags that give a bit more time but eventually they rip. Investing in Trolley bags at only €24.99 certainly seems like a no brainer to me. I haven’t even mentioned the environmental impact of not using plastic bags and the time savings at the till. These bags are just a win all round.
Trolley bags come in two sizes; regular for a regular trolley and express for the trolley that is less deep. The only real difference being the depth of the bag. I got to try the express size and would certainly be in the market for the regular sized ones. Would I recommend them? Hell yes! I love my set.