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Hitch your wagon to a cart.

Hopefully, as we try to be greener, more of us will walk to the stores, rather than drive there. For me, that means going with a cart. I can take mine on local buses and subways.
While there are always plenty of options for cars/vans once near a store, there’s nowhere I can park my cart. So, I have devised a method of attaching it to the front of my shopping cart.

You will need:
o A heavy-duty cart—preferably one meant to hold at least 100 lbs;
o 2 or more strong bungi cords;
o Totes for the groceries;
o A store’s cart;
o Optional—a liner for the cart.

I start the directions once you are at a store and have a store cart.

First step: empty out your cart and drop any liners so that the front of your cart is clear down through the second row of squares.


Second: back the store cart against an immovable thing, such as a wall or a bunch of other carts.

Third: Hang bungi cords from the front of the store cart—one in the upper right and one in the upper left corners.
If the store cart, rather than having a wire-mesh front has plastic-checkered-plastic outside, place the bungi-cord hooks into the holes of the store cart diagonally (see photo).

Fourth: Then, leaning against your cart so that the grocery cart’s front is near you, and your cart is in between, thread one bungi cord from its base on the front of the store cart, through your folded cart. Pull the bungi-cord through your cart so the cord is just below the top bar on the back of the cart (not the handle) and under the second bar on the front of your cart. As you hold the cord, you should have it going from your hand, through your cart, and hanging on the store cart. (Unless you want to hold your cart in the air, you will find it necessary to have pushed both carts back against the wall, with your hip.) Then, with your cart suspended, bring the bungi all the way through your cart, around its side, and tautly, hitch it tightly through the side of the store cart, toward the front of the store cart as far as the bungi-cord will allow you to go.

Fifth: Repeat with the other bungi-cord on the other side of your cart and the store cart. Your cart should now be firmly in place on the front of the store’s cart.

Sixth: Optional. You can hang your totes over the top of your cart with a bungi.

Seventh: After you have shopped, ask that the bagger not bag bottles, larger cans, cereal, and paper goods. This makes the packing of your cart easier.

Eighth: Reverse the fourth and fifth steps, removing one bungi at a time from the sides of the store cart. Hang the bungis on your cart so you don’t forget them.

Ninth: Get your cart set up with the liner, if you have one. If you don’t, watch that none of your groceries will slip through holes in the mesh of your cart as you walk home.) Place the heaviest items in the back of the cart, near you. Keep heavy things on the bottom. If your purchases are greater than the space in your cart, use the bungis and totes to hang the lighter items (bread, tissues, cereal, etc.) in tote bags off the front and sides of your cart.

Tenth: Being sure that nothing will drop from the cart (use bungis where needed), go home.

Eleventh: This is the best part. You don’t have to get the bundles from the car and into your place. Simply bring the cart right to your kitchen (unless nasty stuff is stuck on its wheels), and unload directly into the cabinets.

You have had good exercise, you saved money on gas, and your pantry is now well-stocked.

Step 1:

Second: back the store cart against an immovable thing, such as a wall or a bunch of other carts.

Step 2:

Third: Hang bungi cords from the front of the store cart—one in the upper right and one in the upper left corners.
If the store cart, rather than having a wire-mesh front has plastic-checkered-plastic outside, place the bungi-cord hooks into the holes of the store cart diagonally (see photo).

Step 4:

Fourth: Then, leaning against your cart so that the grocery cart’s front is near you, and your cart is in between, thread one bungi cord from its base on the front of the store cart, through your folded cart. Pull the bungi-cord through your cart so the cord is just below the top bar on the back of the cart (not the handle) and under the second bar on the front of your cart. As you hold the cord, you should have it going from your hand, through your cart, and hanging on the store cart. (Unless you want to hold your cart in the air, you will find it necessary to have pushed both carts back against the wall, with your hip.) Then, with your cart suspended, bring the bungi all the way through your cart, around its side, and tautly, hitch it tightly through the side of the store cart, toward the front of the store cart as far as the bungi-cord will allow you to go.

Step 6:

Fifth: Repeat with the other bungi-cord on the other side of your cart and the store cart. Your cart should now be firmly in place on the front of the store’s cart.

Sixth: Optional. You can hang your totes over the top of your cart with a bungi.

Step 7:

Seventh: After you have shopped, ask that the bagger not bag bottles, larger cans, cereal, and paper goods. This makes the packing of your cart easier.

Eighth: Reverse the fourth and fifth steps, removing one bungi at a time from the sides of the store cart. Hang the bungis on your cart so you don’t forget them.

Ninth: Get your cart set up with the liner, if you have one. If you don’t, watch that none of your groceries will slip through holes in the mesh of your cart as you walk home.) Place the heaviest items in the back of the cart, near you. Keep heavy things on the bottom. If your purchases are greater than the space in your cart, use the bungis and totes to hang the lighter items (bread, tissues, cereal, etc.) in tote bags off the front and sides of your cart.

Step 8:

Tenth: Being sure that nothing will drop from the cart (use bungis where needed), go home.

Step 10:

Eleventh: This is the best part. You don’t have to get the bundles from the car and into your place. Simply bring the cart right to your kitchen (unless nasty stuff is stuck on its wheels), and unload directly into the cabinets.

You have had good exercise, you saved money on gas, and your pantry is now well-stocked.
Sound more complicated than it should be. My cart has two "S" hooks on the front, which I can simply hook over the front of the store's shopping cart. There is a latch that keeps my cart closed, although you could attach the "S" hooks to the BACK of your cart, and thread them through the front, before hooking to the store's cart.
You were right. The s hooks are easier. I found some at a neat little dollar store. Now, if I could make the cart lighter....
Not really. The hanging isn't as hard as it sounds. The trick is to get it on at the right height. How large are the S hooks you use? How do they keep the cart closed?

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