Wednesday, 26 June 2013

I ♥ my shopping trolley!

There, I've said it out loud now. I'm a shopping trolley owner and proud of it. It's not cool or funky, and the kids won't come shopping with me when I wheel up to town (all the more reason for using it) but it's frugal, practical and eco-friendly.


Photo: Yay - new wheels! Latest tip rescue.
Me striding purposefully up the road  last winter
with my shopping trolley.

At the moment I'm in a beautiful midsummer shopping groove where me and my lovely blue rescue trolley (rehomed from the tip) glide up to the Co-op on a Monday evening and do more or less a week's worth of shopping.

The benefits of this system are manifold. 

My back is relieved from carrying a heavy load of shopping. I can get more shopping than a couple of bags will allow.

But it's also impossible to overspend on shopping. Any impulse purchases have to be rejected. There's only space for the essentials and the shopping list has to be designed so that the contents will fit in the trolley. (I once got a £40 load in there but that involved a rather precarious balancing act). 

No fuel is expended other than my own (a brisk 10 minute walk each way) and I am committed to shopping locally. 

Nobody under 16 wants to be seen with me; no extra people accompanying me on my shopping trips means no extra stuff is snuck into the shopping basket.

Shopping is not the only thing the trolley is great for - in the few months that I've been a trolley owner, mine has done several trips to the charity shops bearing the fruits of our decluttering.

Granny trolleys (as my Daughter complimentarily calls mine) won't suit everybody; they're designed for the gad about town like me, who lives near the centre, not the rural dweller. But if you've ever dabbled with the idea, then I'd really recommend it. Get trolleyed!

Any other loud and proud shopping trolley drivers out there? 


33 comments:

  1. You've nearly made me want to move back into a town so I can use a trolley again! But not quite!

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    1. I like the sound of your bike rides to the village though! I live so close to the town centre it'd almost take me longer to get the bike out to ride up there than it would to walk up! Have you got panniers?

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  2. Anyone remember Desperately seeking Susan?...Well, I am moving into a new apartment tomorrow and I am desperately seeking shopping trolley...now what to wear:)

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  3. Granny trolley, hee hee. When your kids act up you could always threaten them with the job of pulling your trolley to and from the store.

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  4. Good for you, I'd love a trolley. I missed out on a fab one at the boot sale the other week. Patterned like a cow it was-never mind.
    Granny trolley! -blooming cheek.

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    1. Now that would have been one cool shopping trolley - shame you missed out!

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  5. I used to love my trolley bag when we lived in that there London, we'd do the weekly shop and walk home with it every Thursday. It didnt survive the move up to Sheffield and was never replaced as we now have a car. Mother in Law has one that she only uses when she goes to the local shoping centre (Meadowhall) to do her Xmas shopping. They are back-savers for sure. :o)

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    1. My shopping trolley is looking forward to Xmas shopping!

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  6. I was looking at a trolley in town only this morning, thinking, 'Will I? Won't I?' I am pretty sure my kids and husband will feel exactly the same way about it, but it does mean I could get the kitty litter home without a car..

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    1. If you've got somewhere to park it when it's not transporting cat litter then go for it Jo! My shopping trolley would love a Tasmanian pen pal :-)

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  7. I'd have a trolley if I lived in a town or city. In a tiny village a bike is more practical. No panniers yet- I mortified my youngest daughter last week by cycling with her to the next village for their farmers market and walking around with beetroot leaves sticking out of the top of husbands black work rucksack. I also have a wicker basket on the front of my bike...

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  8. A few years ago I bought something similar, it was sort of a big shopping bag that had wheels, like this one: http://s2.hubimg.com/u/2022449_f260.jpg

    It was such a great idea but unfortunately there was one fatal flaw. The sidewalks in my neighborhood are only only wide enough for one person - about half the width of yours, so you have to pull the thing directly behind you instead of slightly to the side. I used it a total of three times before the unnatural position caused a muscle in my back to go into spasms, and I had to be on muscle relaxants for a week! Sooooo... now I'm back to using the over the shoulder bags, or my bike baskets. Both of which have the advantage of holding even less so there's NO WAY to over shop! :-)

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    1. I should have mentioned there are some trolley health and safety hazards. I haven't caused any injuries to myself but on my first couple of shopping trips with it I did nearly mow down a couple of unsuspecting shoppers. In today's litigious society maybe I should get some insurance :-)

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  9. I grew up living in a small town walking to everything. After we got a little older, my mother sent us to the store all of the time. We did most of the shopping. If only we had had a trolley.

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    1. My mum had one when we were growing up that I used. I don't think I was as worried about looking cool as my kids are...

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  10. I LOVE it! And I LOVE the fact that you rescued it from the tip. I am now coveting one...

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    1. A make do and mend challenge? I'm sure you and your hub could knock one up...!

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  11. not a granny trolley but i do load up my pushchair in a similar fashion and my three year old walks home with me, dunno what i'll do when shes too big to pass for pushchair age though lol

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    1. I used to overload my buggy too, to the point of it tipping over when the child got out and I used to wonder how I'd manage without it - I can't believe it's taken me 7 buggy free years before filling the gap with the granny trolley!

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  12. hello , i have just discovered your blog after browsing frugal blogs , i always use my shopping trolley , my daughter calls it a granny trolley too , but it helps my back as i cant lift , it great to go round boot sales too , i dont care if its called a granny trolley , although i have a very stylish one at the moment my freind gave it me becasue her husband would not let her use it as it caused him embarasment mines a basket type but my old one was a bog standard one from a boot sale x

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    1. Ooh I'd love to upgrade to a basket trolley one day!

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  13. I need one of these :) My ex-boyfriend had one and they are great for the markets and shopping without a car. I had to laugh at the comment that no one under 16 wants to be seen with you - I think my mum wouldn't want to be seen with me, and she refers to them as granny trolleys too :)

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  14. I love your trolley. I have been trying to come up with something I can pull along as I ride back from the market, but not much is compatible with a wheelchair. I'm still looking, for now I just load up my lap.

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  15. I have always wanted a basket style trolley but every time I mention the fact I get pounced on and told not to get one. I am amazed at the negative response even from those aged in their 60s who I would have thought would have liked them. I think that it must be a bit like knitting in public - once frowned upon by everyone but now accepted and considered quite trendy!

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  16. You go girl. We relied on a shopping trolley for a couple of years when we were first married. You have made me want to get a wicker one, they are such a good idea no aching arms or shoulders.

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    1. like these ones: http://www.shoppingtrolleysdirect.co.uk/Wicker_Trolleys.php?cat=132

      These are nice

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  18. A lot of stigma attached to “granny” style shopping trolleys but there are really fashionable and funky ones around these days. New designs such as Rolser and Playmarket appeal to the younger generation with easy usability. Why put strain on your back when carrying shopping bags when you can use a shopping bag on wheels and use it to carry shopping with little or not effort at all!!?? Prints are now brighter, flowery and you can even design your own style in some stores. Best array of shopping trolleys I found on the web is www.shoppingtrolleysdirect.co.uk
    good luck to you and glad to hear you also love your shopping trolley :)

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