As any KCL knows, there are times when you’ll have a shopping cart full and running over with deals. Knowing how to stock your cart to its maximum capacity increases the probability that your groceries will survive your shopping experience. Routinely, the cashier will unload a cart from the end closest to her. Therefore, you want your heaviest items towards the front so they’re bagged first. I learned the hard way that I shouldn’t put my 12-can packs of Coke in the cart first. If I do, then they’re rung up last and there’s nowhere to put them once my other groceries are bagged then placed in my cart. In this article, I refer to the end farthest from you as the front of the cart; the back of the cart is the section closest to you. I visually have my cart separated into five sections and stack accordingly. I hope this guide helps your bagging experience go more smoothly.

1. Set canned items in the front of the cart

This gives you a base for stacking your fruits and vegetables on top of a solid foundation. It’s very easy to move things around if you have a pattern to your buggy storage. I pull my canned items in front and then am able to stack on top of them with fragile products. When the cashier starts to ring my purchases, my fragile items are put to the side and my canned items are bagged first. Don’t be afraid to stack your canned items on top of each other—it doubles the space in your cart!

2. Place heavy or large items underneath the cart

These can be easily transferred during checkout without disturbing or squashing your other groceries. And it allows you to have additional space on top of your cart.
  • multi-packs of drinks
  • large bulk items
  • milk
  • detergent

3. Stock fruit and veggies toward the front of the cart

I usually place my purse and coupons in the top section of a cart (near the handles) so I can’t use this space for fragile items. Stocking fruit and veggies in the front of my cart has allowed me to protect my produce as I fill the cart from back to front.  Most grocery stores have the fresh produce at the entrance of the store; however, this isn’t convenient if you plan to continue shopping! As you continue to stock your cart, easily transfer fruit and veggies to the top of your canned items.

4. Place multiples together

There’s nothing more frustrating than buying 10 of an item and finding them in all different areas of your receipt. Because I use coupons, I like to place similar items together in my cart, thereby increasing the chance that these similar items will be rung up together. By doing it this way, I’m better able to read my receipt. I’m also able to catch any errors and ensure that my coupon was used correctly. Placing multiples together also helps you coordinate your coupons if there’s a limit for similar items.

5. Separate cleaning and grooming items from edible groceries

Has anyone ever had toilet-bowl cleaner leak on your hand? I have because the lid was loose and I definitely don’t want this liquid on my groceries! One of my habits to prevent spillage is to check the lid of any liquid that I purchase. Keep these items separate from your groceries! I sometimes use my recyclable bags to separate or store non-edible items in until checkout. These products are also heavier and you may want them bagged first.
This is a guest post by Tammy in North Carolina. 
5 Ways to Organize Your Shopping Cart for Easier Checkout