I have always been intrigued by this strange idea, and after every shop at Lidl, I always promise myself that I would buy one, but unfortunately life keeps getting in the way.
When I was asked to review Trolley bags, i did a small air punch as it was something right up my street, so we agreed that I would be sent a free trolley bag in return for an honest opinion.
Within two days of our conversation, i received the trolley bags via the postman.
Not too much packaging and it was easy to open.
Inside the box was the bags, with a detailed easy to follow picture instruction printed on the front, which even I found easy to follow.
So off to the supermarket I trotted and i found a small trolley (these come in shallow trolley or large trolley size !), the bags fit comfortably on the back and do not hinder the trolley bar at all.
I find the check out at both Aldi and Lidl VERY stressfull, as I always feel very aware of people watching me, and i don’t want to cheese off the checkout lady by being slow at chucking things back in my trolley, after i just laid them out in order on the conveyor belt ( i’m sure i’m not the only one ;)!!).
I seem to develope superman speed when I chuck my food back in the trolley after it has gone through the checkout, so not to keep anybody waiting and have them tutting at me.
But this small bit of kit, is honestly a game changer !!!!!
When all of your shopping is on the conveyor belt (neatly), just open up your bags and place them over the trolley, it is fool proof.
When the items havs been scanned, you just pop them straight into your bags. I used the green for cold, the orange for fruit and veg etc.
There was no need to take it to the side and repack, it was super simple and quick.
When I got to the car, I simply seperated the bags and loaded them, there was not an abundance of plastic bags with missing handles and millions of old receipts flying every where.
Unloading the car at home was again simple, and i feel the mess side on the bag was also a bonus, if I take the kids shopping, I can guarantee that they always want something that has been packed, and it means me hunting through several bags, before I find it in the first bag I first checked. So seeing what is in each bag is a great idea.
The bags also seem well made and strong.
The long handles on the side of the bag could be a pain , but they need to be there so that they fit over the trolley.
I asked several Facebook friends and reduced grub members if they had these , and what were there thoughts on the Trolley bags :-
Ann – Marie said …..”I always use it in Aldi
Deborah said …..” I saw a lady in Waitrose the other day and they look fab !”
Julie said…..”I use these in Aldi and they can be quite easy to over fill and are then hard to get in the car !”
Rachel said …..” I haven’t used them but they look amazing !)
More thoughts are on the reduced grub page on facebook.
So my overall thoughts are that it has made shopping a lot easier for me and I have found a new shopping buddy.
There are two types that you can get in a range of colours and they are £19.99 plus delivery, which i feel is steep but if you want an easier life, maybe it’s worth the investment.