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    Grocery Shopping?

    Serious question here. I have been in my chair for almost 3 years now. I live w/ my parents and they do most of the shopping. I'm moving out here in a few months. How in hell do I grocery shop? I'm just wondering what everyone else does when go to buy groceries and such? Do you just take a bag and fill it up, or push the cart around the whole store? Any ideas?

    #2
    I don't buy a lot of groceries at once so I use the little plastic crates people carry to get just a few things. In another thread someone brought up grocery stores that deliver. Maby this would be what you would need with the exception of small stuff.
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      #3
      Congrats on getting your own place! That's exciting.

      Unless I transfer to a motorized cart with a basket on the front, someone goes with me.

      When I drove, I used French string bags for shopping as they would stretch and not break. I could handle the string bags more easily than the plastic from the store. I didn't buy much at once and went to the store several times a week.

      I wrote recently about using a college student from time to time for my groceries. I sent him my list via email. He had a blank check to the grocery where the manager knew my situation and the student shopped using my list. I paid $10/hr. with a minimum number of hours guaranteed.

      My Uncle or my parents take me to shop and they help me. They push the buggy and I put the items in.

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        #4
        What level are you?
        Use manual or power chair?
        Do you drive? (or store nearby to just wheel to)

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          #5
          Before I was married I went to the store 2 - 3 times a week, packing the plastic crate as full as possible.



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            #6
            Originally posted by Aly
            I don't buy a lot of groceries at once so I use the little plastic crates people carry to get just a few things.

            Same here.

            For the big stuff, and the stuff that doesn't spoil, I generally use Safeway.com. I get my kitty litter, laundry detergent, boxed pasta, peanut butter, canned soups, drinks, and stuff like that delivered. I usually get them delivered about once every 2 weeks or so. I go to the grocery store and carry a basket on my lap usually about 2 or 3 times/week.

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              #7
              Here in NC, you can order grocies online and pick them up at a designated time. It costs five bucks.
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                #8
                I go to the store a couple times per week. Just put one of those baskets on your lap and don't fill it up much more than what will fit in one paper bag. Tell the bag kid to fit everything in one paper bag, with a plastic bag on the outside. When he hands it too you just make sure the tippy side is leaning towards your tummy.

                ...and watch the a/b's walk into stuff while they stare at the independent wheelchair kid.

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                  #9
                  I just push the shopping cart. Before the gocery store got new carts, I just pushed the cart with my chair. They got new carts a while back and the rear caster wheels are farther back than on the old ones, so I can't do that anymore because the front caster wheels on my chair will rub the rear wheels on the cart. Now I push the cart with one hand and my chair with the other.

                  I grab my cart and start at the back of the store and work my way forward. That way I don't have to push a full, heavy cart back to the front to check out.

                  If there's only a few things I need down an isle, I park the cart at the end, go get it and come back. I have to be quick about it because the store employees are getting quick about picking up carts that they think have been abandoned.
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                    #10
                    "I grab my cart and start at the back of the store and work my way forward. That way I don't have to push a full, heavy cart back to the front to check out.

                    If there's only a few things I need down an isle, I park the cart at the end, go get it and come back. I have to be quick about it because the store employees are getting quick about picking up carts that they think have been abandoned. "

                    I do this too, but taping a note with BIG letters on the basket helps.

                    Pat

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                      #11
                      c7 here. i loop my arm around front of wheeled grocery cart and carry store basket on my lap. i don't push store cart, i pull it behind me. leave it at end of each aisle, use hand carry basket to dump things in then take them back to wheeled cart.

                      but, don't worry. never had any prob snaggin a bag boy to help. don't like bein followed around so i get all i can, scope out where the stuff is i can't get and have them go get it.

                      online grocery shopping has advantages and disadvantages. i use them sometimes. trouble is, ya don't always get what ya want....righrt, mick?

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Moongazer1
                        I do this too, but taping a note with BIG letters on the basket helps.
                        I do this, three. I park the cart in front of the manager's station and tell them what I'm doing. I gave up shopping at one store in town after my stuff was re-shelved *three* times in one shopping trip; the other store is really good about making sure my cart and my stuff stay put.

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                          #13
                          I like shoping but don't feel, just because I'm a gimp, I have to settle for small loads and multiple excuresions. I've shoped my local Raleys for more than a few decades and have a good understanding and rapport with the staff and management there.

                          I use a basket and fill it up, then wheel to the front of the store and have a checker of bagger acknowledge that I'm saving it next to the safe-area. Alternatively, if there are perisables and I'll be shoping for more than an additional hour, I have the basket(s) stored in a cold locker until I'm ready for check-out.

                          I wait in line with my last basket on my lap, have the checker send for the additional baskets or have them moved from near the safe to the check-out, and start the really fun part of the trip...waiting for the Dial-A-Ride to show up. If I've timed everything well (usual, these days) my ride arrives within 5-10 minutes and I have a bagger load the stuff in the van and we're off. Nothin to it!
                          "Sometimes I just sets and thinks...
                          and sometimes I just sets.
                          "

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                            #14
                            now this is interesting. i have never had anybody mess with my cart when left alone. maybe it's the size of the town? and, jukespin, god bless ya, but why do all that goin back and forth? wouldn't a regular cart at end of aisle save ya the trouble?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by cass
                              now this is interesting. i have never had anybody mess with my cart when left alone. maybe it's the size of the town? and, jukespin, god bless ya, but why do all that goin back and forth? wouldn't a regular cart at end of aisle save ya the trouble?
                              The "back and forth" doesn't do me the least bit of harm with my increasingly sedentary nature, and I much prefer the freedom of a lap basket to struggling like some spaz with a load of grocerys on four wheels in addition the the four i'm on. Placerville is a small town, too.
                              "Sometimes I just sets and thinks...
                              and sometimes I just sets.
                              "

                              Otis Redding I think

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