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Costco Members Are Sharing Their Genius Methods for Carrying Groceries Home

You've gotta love that reassured feeling when you push your grocery cart away from the checkout line, knowing you're well stocked up on goodies the house will love. But then, there's the unloading. If you're like a lot of shoppers, your choreography between the shopping cart and your vehicle is rarely graceful, and hauling those groceries inside your home is the most cumbersome part of the whole trip. That is, unless you've got a trunk-full of great grocery-transporting hacks.

Costco members on Reddit are sharing the streamlined ways they get groceries home, and these ideas could make your next supermarket run just a little bit easier. We'll take that, right? Keep reading for grocery-transport inspiration, no matter where you shop—and, sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for tips and trends that put you in-the-know, delivered daily.


Laundry Baskets

Earlier this week, apparent Costco member and Reddit community member u/Foxyfox82 posted an image of their trunk-side Costco haul and posed the question: "Anybody else use laundry baskets instead of boxes?"

At press time, the post had over 500 upvotes and 75 comments, as other members began to share.

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Collapsible Crates

U/jednaz offered, "I keep the collapsible crates Costco sells in the back of my car . . . It makes it super easy to carry stuff into the house."

Some others agreed this was their favorite way to get groceries from A to B—as u/stewmander pointed out, this promotes cleanliness and food safety: "Also super handy for placing food to go so it doesnt tip/roll/spill."

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Insulated Bags

U/stevehobbes seemed to agree that the collapsible crates "can't be beat," while also volunteering this cool idea: "I keep some Costco cold bags back there too."

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"We use IKEA blue bags," said u/Inkheartco.

U/bloodredyouth echoed, "Same! Easier to divide up the odd shaped items and carry them into the house."

U/Roundviciouscircles was also a fan of the IKEA bag approach. "I use the Ikea rainbow bags, both the massive ones and the smaller sized ones depending on the items. I use them for everything!"

Definitely a popular tactic—at least three additional redditors said the IKEA bag was their grocery-moving method of choice.

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Plastic Storage Bins

It might take a buddy to share the load in getting indoors with this idea, but it does promise to keep things in place for the ride home: "We use plastic totes," said u/AWitchBetwixt.

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Wine Box

U/redditisonomatopoeic said they bring a wine box along, and not only for alcohol purchases: "I . . . keep a wine box (with the dividers) available, the box comes in handy for liquor and EVOO bottles."

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Collapsible Wagon

To get the goods inside the house, u/tommybolts has a solid move: "I use 3 of the cooler bags from costco and load them into a collapsible wagon from Amazon to wheel into an elevator up to my apartment."

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Editor's note: Technical choices in user comments were kept to preserve the original quotation.

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