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    23 Things For Anyone Who's Bad At Grocery Shopping

    Ever go to the grocery store and come back with just like, a tomato, ice cream, and a block of cheese? This stuff might help prevent that.

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    1. A meal planning pad that works like a personal assistant and helps you figure out what to eat and what to buy at the store. No more wandering the grocery store for an hour before surrendering to the frozen food section.

    hand removes shopping list from perforated notepad

    You can stick this pad on your fridge or any other metal surface.

    Promising review: "This works perfectly for planning out my weekly meals. I use it generally just for supper, as this seems to be the most challenging meal in our house to try and figure out. After a long day at work/school/daycare, it seems nobody in our family can decide on what to eat. I sit down and figure it out a couple weeks ahead at a time. It takes the stress out of figuring out supper meals! I love the detachable shopping list on the side. As I'm figuring out the menu for a particular week, I can quickly jot down the items needed for meals." —Triauna

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    2. A sectioned coupon organizer to help get all your coupons in order so you can actually find that "buy one OJ, get one half off" coupon once you get to the juice aisle.,

    Promising review: "Finally a stylish and practical way to organize coupons. I am far from an extreme couponer, but I do like to save money. It seems durable and the design is wonderful. It comes pre-written labels and blank ones. It attaches to your shopping cart to make looking for coupons easier. I love it." —Momoftwo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.15+ (available in two colors).

    3. A set of trolley bags that divide your groceries into sections, making unpacking a total breeze.

    left: bags rolled up and hanging from cart middle: bags are arranged in cart with different food in each right: another shot of the cart with hanging bag organizers

    This set of four trolley bags includes one insulated bag and one bag with an egg carton pocket and two wine slots.

    Promising review: "I got my trolley bags today and took them out on their maiden voyage to Giant! They worked like a charm! Made my shopping so easy and I was able to keep all my things organized for easy checkout and unloading at home! I would highly recommend this product!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $35.99.

    4. A trolley dolly with a removable bag so you can safely transport your groceries, even if you have a long walk ahead of you.


    Promising review: "I only had to use this thing once to know it deserves a 5-star review. I am currently in my senior year of college; after three years of carrying progressively heavier bags of groceries from an off-campus grocery store to my on-campus residence, I needed to pick up something like this. I was tired of wrecking my shoulders by using messenger bags and my fingers by carrying so many bags. It was very easy to assemble, open, use, and collapse for storage. The fabric is great quality and the stitching is very secure." —Danny

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in 31 colors).

    5. A cup holder that hooks onto your shopping cart so you can stay caffeinated and alert while scouring the aisles.

    cup holder inside of cart

    Promising review: "I go grocery shopping with a cart and attach this cup holder to hold Starbucks coffee. Love walking around, hands-free, have a sip of coffee every now and then — life is great." —stephen moody

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A colorful patterned Baggu to help you cut down on plastic grocery bag waste and look good doing it.


    These things can hold A LOT and they're very sturdy. I love that they can fold up into tiny pouches so you can always have one on hand for shopping emergencies.

    Promising review: "I received a BAGGU bag several years ago as a gift, and I use it nearly every day! The things that sets BAGGU apart from other bags: 1) Cute prints! There are a lot to choose from! 2) It folds and fits easily in my purse. You know those bags that you open up and can never fit it back in it's original case? You will NOT experience that with these bags!! 3) Durability. I generally use my bags for canned goods and grocery shopping. The strap is also large enough to wear over the shoulder for ease of carrying. I'd recommend BAGGU to anyone!!" —S T

    Get it from Amazon for $12+ (available in 32 colors and patterns).

    7. Or a waxed canvas market tote if you want something fashionable for quick trips to the store or farmers market.

    grey square bag with brown straps
    Florence and Bird

    It has a large front pocket and long leather straps that'll fit over a winter coat. Simply wipe down as needed.

    Get it from Florence and Bird for $43 (available in two colors).

    8. And because I know you're gonna forget your reusable bags sometimes, a plastic bag organizer that's not, say, another plastic bag.

    metal container with top area to put in plastic bags

    Promising review: "I had a handmade bag to hold my plastic grocery bags, FOR YEARS!! When it finally tore so badly that I could no longer use it, I found this item. It's perfect! It's well made, has a stainless finish, and no sharp edges. It's mounted on the inside of my cabinet door, making it very convenient, and freeing up some space in my cabinet. It holds 25-30 bags, probably more if you really stuff them in. I really like this dispenser." —Cubby

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    9. A shopping bag strap that can fit up to 10 plastic bags at once. That's right, all the bags are coming inside in just one trip!


    Promising review: "I've tried so many different products that are supposed to allow you to carry multiple bags at once, but nothing has worked as well as this! It's easy to use: just hold one end of the handle and thread the other end through the handles on the bags. Carrying the bags over my shoulder works really well for me because it allows me to spread the weight of the bags over my hips and back rather than taking all the weight on my shoulder. It's very well-made, sturdy, and really makes your life easier. It's worth the money." —S. Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

    10. An organic hand sanitizer to rid your hands of germs before you pick up and put down the same can of beans 100 times. Was this the brand you like? Hmmm.,

    Promising review: "This is an all-time must in every purse/pocket. Very easy on my hands. The clear jelly kills me! I spray down shopping carts and playground handles! It smells so beautiful!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    11. A heavy-duty insulated bag that'll keep your frozen food cold while you amble around the aisles looking for one last item.

    Promising review: "These bags keep things cold for a few hours and they never topple over in my trunk. Also, I can stack them in the shopping cart and take my time browsing without worrying about frozen food. Side handles are perfect for carrying the heavy stuff. They fold up flat and they’re washable so they're just perfect for grocery shopping, road trips, or the beach." —Kim

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three sizes).

    12. And some slim ice packs to really keep things cold.

    four thin ice packs

    Promising review: "Very slim profile and hasn't let us down. Definitely keeps food cold in the insulated lunch bag for six hours. I'm sure it can do even longer." —betsy

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four colors).

    13. Super strong, reusable grocery bags that are good for the environment and even better for your own peace of mind — no more crying over spilled milk after your plastic bags rip in the parking lot.


    Promising review: "These are very affordable, and hold far more groceries than I'd expected. I love that they stuff easily and unobtrusively into a jacket pocket when walking to a store, and the cotton material is very soft and comfortable to my hand." —Man in the Middle

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $13.79.

    14. A set of produce containers for keeping your fruit and veggies fresher for longer. No more rushing home to gorge yourself on berries because you accidentally bought too many.

    left: big fresh strawberry that says "stored in produce saver" right: wrinkled strawberry that says from original container
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    The set includes one 6.3 cup container, and two 17.3 cup containers with lids, which are BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe. They feature vents to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide, keeping your produce fresh for longer!

    Promising review: "I bought my fruit on Friday and ordered this immediately because I’m so sick of throwing my fruit away if I don’t eat it in a few days. It’s been a WEEK now and my strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries, (all in this one big container), are STILL FRESH! I’m going to start buying more fresh fruit now that I know it won’t be wasted and thrown away in a few days. Highly recommend this product if you’re like me and can’t eat a whole pineapple, strawberries, and other fruit fast!" —Sarah

    Get the three-piece set from Amazon for $37.99.

    Check out "These Miracle Plastic Containers Keep Berries Day-One Fresh For Almost 2 Weeks" for more info!

    15. A rolling utility cart that'll happily carry all your heavy groceries for you. The days of passing by that 12-pack of seltzer because it's too heavy are OVER.

    metal cart

    Promising review: "I've started taking this cart with me to the grocery store (along with my reusable grocery bags). When I get home, I can get all the groceries into the house in one trip instead of the four or five trips like it used to take me." —J. Braden

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    16. Shopping cart handles to keep your hands and the cart a safe distance from each other.

    Two white handles that hook onto a shopping cart

    Promising review: "What a great find! These shopping cart handles have been wonderful to have and make shopping a little less stressful. Really appreciate the fast delivery, too!" —Ann

    Get it from Oobjek on Etsy for $19.99.

    17. A set of mesh produce bags that are so much better than the plastic produce bags at the store.


    These are double-stitched, have a closure bead, and can hold up to 16 pounds. You can also use them as strainer bags to make nut milk, cheese curds, and juicing.

    Promising review: "These are perfect for shopping because you can just put the produce in, take them home, and wash them in the bag. The bags are machine-washable. They have tare weights on the pull tab so that the weight of the bag can be subtracted from the total weight but I don't usually do that because they are so light to begin with." —cyssf

    Get an assorted set of nine from Amazon for $14.97.

    18. A pair of grocery bag holders for anyone looking to avoid those horrible indents from carrying too many bags the usual way.

    two models use the handles to hold multiple bags

    Promising review: "It usually takes me a dozen trips from my car to my house to get my groceries inside, and if I carry too many at once, the handles cut off the circulation in my hands and arms. These special handles solved all my problems. Today, I only made three trips from the car to the house! When I had to put the bags down to open the door, these handles laid on top of the bags and I only had to grab them, instead of searching for all the bag handles as they flopped around. Now there are no more bag marks on my wrist and my hands don't go numb! Who would have thought that something so simple could make my life so much better?" —Rosemary Smith Dattler

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.99.

    19. A cushioned cart cover to keep your little one safe and cozy while shopping because the last thing you need is your kid licking the raw chicken breast you just put in the cart., Amazon

    There's a see-through slot for a phone to keep them entertained while you grocery shop. The back flap also folds down to become extra storage for your groceries.

    Promising review: "I finally felt comfortable shopping with my infant. It folds back into itself to become a bag. I put my cell phone in the top clear pocket so I could access my grocery list easily. There is a loop to hook toys, which was great. I highly recommend." —Zappy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.68.

    20. A collapsible box bag that keeps its shape, making it easier to throw items in as you roam the aisles.


    Promising review: "I love these reusable totes! Their hard bottoms and rigid shape are extremely convenient. I didn’t think these would hold as much as they do, but when you pack them right, they fit plenty! They also minimize the trips from your car to your house when you’re unloading, which is especially nice if you live upstairs. They fold up flat and are easy to store in the car. The side handles are also convenient, but I use the shoulder straps too." —Erik Bauer

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $24.97 (available in five colors).

    21. A standing clipboard to hold your phone, calculator, and grocery list. Look, sometimes you need a calculator right in your face to remind you to stick to the shopping list.

    clipboard that hooks onto cart handle

    Promising review: "Why did it take so long for someone to create this? This is an awesome product that I can't live without. It makes grocery shopping so much easier. I am able to keep my list, phone, and coupons all in one place. I feel so organized! Believe it or not, my husband actually bought everything on the list that I created for him and since he had his cell phone in front of him, he even received my last minute text to get something else! Love this product!" —Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in three colors).

    22. A printable seasonal produce poster so you're always on top of what fresh veggies to buy. *consults poster* Time to stock up on tomatoes!

    produce poster that shows when each vegetable or fruit is in season

    Download it from Biomique on Etsy for $6.36.

    23. And if all else fails, a subscription to EveryPlate, a service that will just ship you everything you need to create delicious homemade meals.

    box with two meal and some produce around it

    Sometimes the solution to bad grocery shopping is to simply not do it at all. EveryPlate lets you choose from 12 recipes each week. The ingredients and recipes are delivered right to your door so you can cook up meals that take about 30 minutes.

    Get it from EveryPlate for $4.99+/serving.

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