You can now read 10 articles each month for free on

The Boston Globe


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.
  • 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.
  • Items

    Where's the right place to put baby oatmeal?

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

    Where's the right place to put eggs?

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

SOURCE: National Grocers Association

Dan Schultz, Chiqui Esteban, Javier Zarracina/Globe Staff

Elizabeth Warren’s ‘A Fighting Chance’: An exclusive excerpt on the foreclosure crisis

Senator recalls an unsettling conversation from the depths of the mortgage crisis.

Story 1 of 20

Read full story

Boston Children’s Theatre keeps ‘Homework Machine’ humming

The world premiere of the musical “The Homework Machine” runs through Sunday at the Roberts Studio Theatre.

Story 2 of 20

Read full story

In Lowell, rafters brave springtime rapids on Concord River

Lowell is not exactly synonymous with white-water rafting but every spring, the Concord River swells enough to carry thrill seekers over a series of rapids running past the city’s better known historic mills and canals. The twice-daily weekend trips are run by Charlemont-based Zoar Outdoor in conjunction with the nonprofit Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust. “This is one of the only urban white-water experiences out there and it’s only like this a short time of the year. The water eventually recedes back to almost creek-like conditions. Once the leaves start coming back on the trees, that drains off the water,” said Adriana Isaza, a Zoar rafting guide.

Story 3 of 20

Read full story

TV Critic’s Corner for Thursday, April 24

A look at some of what’s on TV Thursday night.

Story 4 of 20

Read full story

Who taught YOU to drive? Release the bicycles

It’s become a rite of spring, as regular as buds on trees and Red Sox games. I speak, of course, of the moment one realizes that bicyclists are back on the road.

That leads me to questions such as whether bicycles should have special rules for stop signs and stop lights; how to carry a child on a bike; and whether no-hands cycling is allowed.

Story 5 of 20

Read full story

BU coach Kelly Greenberg out after bullying accusations

Greenberg’s exit comes after a university committee reviewed complaints of abuse lodged by former players.

Story 6 of 20

Read full story

Mental illness not a crime; why treat it that way?

In Massachusetts, many with schizophrenia are locked up in barren cells, bound and alone. If it happened anywhere else, we’d call it torture.

Story 7 of 20

Read full story

Coakley lawsuit wants college’s ex-chief to repay millions

The former president of a Falmouth college allegedly squandered millions on excessive pay, and even a quarter-million-dollar timeshare.

Story 8 of 20

Read full story

Middle class eroding, gap widening in Bristol, R.I.

Bristol is a community of extremes, home to both great wealth and a shrinking middle class as more residents slip closer to poverty.

Story 9 of 20

Read full story

For restaurant owners, striking the right noise level is key

In sampling the decibel levels at several local restaurants, we determine where conversation might be a challenge — and what owners are doing about noise.

Story 10 of 20

Read full story

Welding business sued over fatal Back Bay fire

The owner of the building destroyed by a fire that killed two firefighters says the welding company was responsible for the blaze.

Story 11 of 20

Read full story

Supreme Court expresses skepticism on Aereo

If Aereo withstands copyright law challenges from the traditional TV networks, it could transform the way many people watch network programs.

Story 12 of 20

Read full story

A former rep’s Rx for Congress

At a time when many political scientists favor strong parties, Mickey Edwards, former Republican congressman from Oklahoma, has a contrary view.

Story 13 of 20

Read full story

Biden offers support to Ukraine, rebukes Russia

Vowing that the United States would never recognize Russia’s “illegal occupation” of Crimea, Vice President Joe Biden reiterated America’s support of Ukraine.

Story 14 of 20

Read full story

Bruins beat Red Wings, take 2-1 series lead

Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron had first-period goals for Boston and Patrice Bergeron added a late empty-netter.

Story 15 of 20

Read full story

Mass. limits use of the potent painkiller Zohydro

Governor Patrick’s administration imposed sweeping restrictions just before a ban on the controversial drug was set to expire.

Story 16 of 20

Read full story

Novartis deals could affect Mass. drug research

With Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline swapping vaccines and cancer drug franchises, the Cambridge research landscape could be altered.

Story 17 of 20

Read full story

Justices uphold ban by voters on use of race in admissions

The fractured decision revealed deep divisions over what role the judiciary should play in protecting racial and ethnic minorities.

Story 18 of 20

Read full story

Sampling decibel levels at local restaurants

The Globe conducted an informal survey of eight area restaurants using a mini sound level meter to capture an average reading.

Story 19 of 20

Read full story

At M.C. Spiedo, Italian Renaissance is lost in translation

The amount of explanation required by servers is the first indication that this Boston restaurant’s concept may be folly.

Story 20 of 20

Read full story

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than $1 a week