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How to bag groceries properly

Place each item in the proper spot and discover the basic tips and tricks for correctly bagging all your purchases at the supermarket.

  • Items

    Where's the right place to put a box of cereal?

    Boxes should be around the bag's walls to act like a 'cushion' for the rest of the products, so it's a good idea to take them out first from the trolley.
    Bag
  • Items

    Where's the right place to put a big can of coffee?

    The heaviest things, like cans, should be at the bottom of the bag.
    Bag
  • Items

    Where's the right place to put baby oatmeal?

    Remember! Use the big boxes to frame the rest of the items.
    Bag
  • Items

    Where's the right place to put a couple of little cans of cat food?

    The small items should be the last thing we put in the bag, to fill the gaps with them, but in this case we can place it in the middle to leave room for heavier things at the bottom and fragile items on the top.
    Bag
  • Items

    Where's the right place to put a bottle of washing machine powder?

    The weight of this item makes it likely to be put at the bottom
    Bag
  • Items

    Where's the right place to put eggs?

    Fragile or crushable items should be placed on top.
    Bag
  • Items

    Where's the right place to put a bottle of beer?

    If the bottle is small, you don't need to put it at the bottom. The important thing to remember with glass bottles is to avoid putting one next to other one.
    Bag
  • Items

    Where's the right place to put cookies?

    You are not buying cookie powder, so place them on top with the rest of crushable things.
    Bag
  • Items

    Where's the right place to put a bottle of shampoo?

    It's not crushable, so you don't need to have it on top, it's not heavy (except the big ones), so no need to be at the bottom, and it's not glass, so it's not a problem to be beside another one.
    Bag
  • Items

    Where's the right place to put a bag of beans?

    As with the little cans, we can use the beans to fit the little gaps we have: It's not crushable, it can bend and it's not heavy.
    Bag

SOURCE: National Grocers Association

Dan Schultz, Chiqui Esteban, Javier Zarracina/Globe Staff

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