Bagging Your Own Groceries | 31 Days of Grocery Shopping Made Easy

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Simplified Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is something that must be done, but would be better done efficiently and as infrequently as we can manage. This month I’ll be sharing some of the strategies I’ve found most helpful in my 12 years of intentionally improving my food-management skills.

Yesterday: Sort your cart as you go.

Grocery Shopping Tip: Bag your own groceries when you can.

simple grocery shopping

The “low-cost leader” grocery store in our town, WinCo, saves some of its cost by having customers bag their own groceries. This store (first called Waremart) came into town when I was still a kid, and it’s where my mom shopped. I helped her bag groceries then, and I’m pretty good at it by now, if I do say so myself.

And, that’s why now, I actually hate having other people bag my groceries. Those cashiers at other stores are always putting one random cold thing into my bag of dry goods or some such nonsense! At WalMart, I always self-check. I want to bag my own groceries so that it’s done Right.

And now, my kids bag my groceries at WinCo. And they’re pretty good at it, because they have been taught how to do it Right. It’s not complicated. It’s logical.

Put like items together.

grocery shopping without stress

grocery shopping without stress

Put the cold items together.

Put the raw meat in its own plastic bag.

Put the dry goods together.

Put the bulk items together.

Put the cans and bottles together.

Put the produce together, with the heaviest items on the bottom.

It’s not rocket science, and my 6 year olds have all learnt this basic principle pretty quickly.

grocery shopping made easier

And, after all, your items are already coming at you sorted from your cart, right? (This does not prevent store baggers to misbag items, though it helps). And you have your pretty bags that are durable and attractive, right?

You’re the professional, the expert. You can bag your own groceries.

Bag like items together.

Tomorrow: Unloading your groceries at home.


Mystie Winckler began menu planning at 11 years old when her mom delegated one dinner a week to her. Marrying at 19, she’s had a lot of practice over the years. But between growing and homeschooling her family, meal planning often requires brain power that just isn’t there any more. Simplified Dinners is her solution to take the effort and thought out of healthy, frugal cooking. And now it is available for you, too!

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3 Responses

  1. Sarah D.
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    Love this! I grew up bagging groceries when I went with my Mom. I distinctly remember the baggers actually teaching us (my siblings and I) how to do it right. They said they had to have “bagger school” before they could bag. From the way groceries are bagged now, I don’t think the baggers are taught anymore! It makes me cringe to watch the ice cream go in a bag with the bread, or some other delicate not cold item.

    I’m enjoying your grocery shopping series. =)

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Thanks, Sarah! I agree, there certainly cannot be bagger education happening anymore. :)

  2. Lissa
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    I LOVED this series. Did you post about unloading your groceries as well? That is seriously my most dreaded chore. :( Your tips in this series have so helped me. I’m organizing my reusable bags today and will be grabbing a store map during my grocery trip tomorrow. Thank you!!

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