ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Go Green. Grocery Shop Online

Updated on July 8, 2014

Living without a car sounds great in theory. You can have total freedom from car payments, maintenance costs and parking tickets.

Theory takes a more practical turn the first time you're stuck in the rain, bogged down with grocery bags or facing a 20 mile trek across town.

Cutting down on car-time is like cutting down on carbs. There are two reigning principles--

  • Everything in moderation
  • To each his (or her) own

You might be cutting back on car usage to save money on gas, get more exercise through walking or biking, or just trying to make a little bit greener and shave a few mils off your carbon footprint. If these are your goals, then here are a few easy ways to grocery shop without a car, a bike or a bus pass.

If you're just looking to make grocery shopping easier, less stressful or more cost effective, then keep reading, too. These tips'll make your life easier, healthier and cheaper by saving you time and money during your next trip to a nearby grocery store.


Tip #1- Distinguish Fresh Foods from Everything Else

When we think of grocery shopping, we tend to include EVERYTHING that comes from the grocery store. That's fruits & vegetables, meats, dairy, grains, boxed cereals, baking mixes, fresh breads, cat food, dog food, bird food, water... everything that makes its way from the grocery store shelves into our kitchens and pantries.

When we take a closer look at this list, there's no real reason to buy most of these items at a local grocery. When you're dealing with fresh fruits and vegetables, fresher is always better. But for shelf-stable dry goods or canned goods, freshness isn't a factor.

You can drive to the store and load them into your car, or you can order them online and have them delivered to your doorstep. Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to, it's all the same for dinner!

The first thing to do is divide your grocery list into two parts:

  1. Fresh foods you need to buy locally
  2. Shelf-stable foods you can get from anywhere

Now that you're dealing with two lists instead of one, grocery shopping just got a lot easier.

Tip #2 - Order Shelf-Stable Groceries Online

Nowadays you can order almost anything online. The world is your oyster even if you never leave your bed!

You'd be amazed at the variety of foods you can order through Amazon or other online retailers. The best parts about ordering through Amazon (besides the ad revenue for my hub) are the variety of goods from thousands of different retailers and Amazon's quality-control measures.

You can try lots of different products that would never be available at your local grocery store,
and you can have complete confidence that you won't receive expired products or "seconds" that were rejected from traditional stores.

So what exactly can you order through Amazon? Pretty much everything...

  • Spices? Check!
  • Hamburger Helper? Check!
  • Rice, Beans, Pasta? Check!
  • Canned soups? Check!
  • Sauces and condiments? Check!
  • Pet food? Check!

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about minimalist living and growing your food instead of buying it. If you don't believe it, check out my hubs on Dandelion Salads, Growing MicroGreens, and The Best Garden Plants for Maximizing Household Savings, and Living Without a Car.

But getting your groceries delivered is just as green as schlepping to the grocery store with a bike trailer (in the rain and uphill both ways). It also opens up access to a wide variety of healthy, affordable products that make a greener more frugal lifestyle a cheer instead of a chore.

Bags and Bags and Bags... but no Bag Carrier
Bags and Bags and Bags... but no Bag Carrier | Source

Tip #3 - Shop Safer and Smarter

There are lots of solutions for carrying lots of groceries. If you're burdened by bags, you can pick up a bike trailer, invest in a grocery shopping cart, or suffer in silence while bombarded with sympathy from everyone who sees you.

If you have just a few bags, trailers and carts might seem like a waste of time, and no one really cares about the plastic bags cutting grooves into your fingers.

In most cases, the pain is temporary. You can grit your teeth and bear the loss of circulation for a few blocks. Before you give up completely, you've dropped your bags on the kitchen floor and vowed to drive to the store next time.

Grocery carrying straps are inexpensive (less than a single cab fare), and make carrying groceries much easier.

  • Instead of gripping plastic stretched garroting-wire thin, your fingers wrap around comfortable padded straps.
  • Instead of stacking bags up your wrists and forearms, you can attach each to a special hook and create a balanced load to make carrying easier.
  • Instead of missing a handle and spilling groceries everywhere, you can set your bags down, take a break, and know that when you grab the single cushioned handle, ALL your bags will be ready to carry.

If you order your dry goods online (Tip #2), you won't have very many groceries to carry anyway...


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • toomuchmint profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      You're welcome, duffsmom. Thanks for reading and commenting :-)

    • duffsmom profile image

      P. Thorpe Christiansen 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Very informative and well written. Thanks for the tips


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)