And that is, how does my mother do it? How has she lived her whole life without ever having to drive? I mean, I'm able to pick up a few bags of groceries every few weeks and can easily feed myself. But my Mom (and Dad) bought groceries to feed a family of 5, with no car.
And how did they do/did it:
The Bundle Buggy.
|Classic Bundle Buggy.|
Yes. You have probably seen people, elderly people, pushing these around town. Or maybe - if you live in a city like mine where pedestrians appear to be nonexistent - maybe you haven't. And OK, they don't look very cool. But they are, in fact, so fantastic!
|Sporty plaid Bundle Buggy liner.|
And, OK. When I googled this, the first hits that come up are for websites that sell items for extremely old and/or handicapped people. And these are great for those people, but they are also great for able-bodied frugalsters like me.
|This is like the Rolls-Royce of Bundle Buggies!|
|It is also not cool to cover your baby with groceries.|
I find that bike baskets are also great for bringing home large amounts of groceries. My fabulous bike has a gigantic front basket that can easily hold 4 full bags of groceries. Saddlebags can be great too - I once brought home potted plants balanced in my saddlebags.
|Bike baskets are esp. great for carrying baguettes. And wine. Ideally both together.|
So what I'm saying is, even if you buy lots more groceries than I do (today's grocery shopping list: yogurt) you can still do it car free.*
* provided the grocery store is within walking distance** of your home
** walking distance can be up to an hour away, in my opinion