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#Review: Trolley Bags

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 18-01-2016

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I’ve been having my food shopping delivered for years, even before we had children. I tried shopping with my eldest when he was young but he got bored in the trolley really quickly so it became a nightmare. When my youngest was born I thought I’d have another go, with his older brother off at school it seemed like a good idea. He LOVES it. Happily sitting in the seat, “helping” put things in the trolley, and grinning and waving at anyone and everyone. A sneaky snack also helps.

I own about a million bags for life. Okay maybe not a million, but probably more than my fair share. So I’d set off with a bundle of these bags and go and do my shopping, keen to avoid the 5p bag charge where possible. The system worked well, as long as I remembered my bags, but I seemed to always struggle to fit all the full bags back in the trolley whilst packing and keeping Little Dude amused. You need about seven pairs of hands by the time you get to the checkout! Help is at hand.

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I spotted an advert for Trolley Bags on Facebook and was intrigued. They looked incredibly clever, yet the design seemed simple. Could it really work? A row of four bags for life attached by velcro that sit in your trolley? Even with an enthusiastic 20 month old? I got in touch with Trolley Bags to see if I could test out the theory, and was really excited to receive a set in the post to review.

I received the Original Set in Vibe – four brightly coloured bags designed to sit in a standard shopping trolley. You can also get an Express version which is for shallower trolleys. The bags arrived ready to take to the shops – stuck together and rolled up. They’re easy to carry with the handle – my youngest actually likes to carry them to the car for me – and whilst the bars that help the bags sit in the trolley are sometimes a nuisance, you can easily pop them in the boot and go.

Here’s what Trolley Bags says.

“Trolley Bags Original are a system of four reusable shopping bags that are used to pack your shopping at the supermarket checkout, sized to fit larger deep trolleys. In one simple action the Trolley Bags system spreads out and rests on the deeper supermarket trolleys, giving you a series of open and upright bags into which you can pack and sort your shopping with both hands. Each durable bag holds up to 15kg and are designed to make your shopping trip easier and more convenient. The simple system can halve the time at the checkout as packing is quicker and easier without the hassle of holding bags open.”

My verdict? They’re genius. Once I’ve emptied my shopping onto the checkout belt I have my bags open and ready within seconds. I then park my trolley at the end of the checkout and drop my shopping in with speed and ease whilst Little Dude watches and/or helps. No having three or four part filled bags cluttering the checkout with me frantically putting things in each. No having to buy dozens of carrier bags because I’ve forgotten my own. And no bored toddler kicking up a fuss whilst I get more and more stressed. Shopping is almost a joy.

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Now I shop at a supermarket that doesn’t offer Scan & Shop – mostly because they employ me! These bags would be excellent at our rival supermarket where you could set them up open in your trolley and pack as you go round. I love Scan & Shop, and used to use it weekly before I went back to work and switched allegiance. Clearly I need to get in touch with our company director and encourage him to bring it in to our stores too…

Trolley Bags are £17.99 for the set of four, so they work out at just under £4.50 a bag. Your average good quality reusable bag tends to set you back £3 or £4 for to get a set of four at this price isn’t particularly expensive. They are great quality, very sturdy and will undoubtedly last far longer than the plastic bags for life or even the fancier hessian ones.

Review: Asda Home Delivery

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 11-06-2013

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Life is busy. My Little Man is two (and eight months) years old and something of a handful, as all toddlers this age are. He’s always on the go or doing something, generally things he shouldn’t so I have to be on my toes at all times. We are always out and about doing something, going somewhere, meeting someone. When he sleeps during the day – and I would love that to continue for a bit longer yet please – I can be found at my laptop writing reviews, sending emails, talking to companies and brands. Sometimes I even do a bit of housework, but not often. Evenings are spent clearing up from dinner, tidying the house, and mostly collapsing in front of the TV. Weekends add Daddy to the mix and more often than not trips to parks, National Trust properties, or Grandparents. Life is pretty much none stop. This is why I love having my weekly shopping delivered to my front door every week by Asda.

I don’t have time to go to the supermarket each week. If you ignore the fact that I’d have a bored and complaining toddler in tow, it would take up so much of my time to get there, walk around and buy the food, queue for eternity at the checkout, drive home and then unpack. I find the experience of spending twenty minutes going online and placing my order much calmer, much easier, and much cheaper. I used to go to the supermarket each week before I have Little Man. When I got pregnant I kept going each week but as the months progressed and finished work I stopped going and tested out getting my shopping delivered instead. I spent much less by doing it online than I did instore for the simple fact that there is no temptation. As well as saving time I’m saving money – how brilliant is that?

I’ve been getting food deliveries from Asda week in week out now for a couple of years. Despite living in West Sussex my delivery used to come each week from a store in Hampshire – the Havant Supercentre to be exact. That used to be my nearest store sending out deliveries, but last week that changed and I am now getting deliveries from the new Ferring store, which is an altogether closer location. Have I noticed a difference? No, not really. Its a rare week when I get everything on my order, but I always get a suitable alternative, and I am always charged the cheaper of the two prices. Everything comes bagged neatly and logically and ready to go straight into my kitchen. Attention to detail is great. If I get eggs delivered they are checked by the driver on arrival and are refunded if any are broken. I got a punnet of plums delivered and the use by date was the day after the delivery. The driver refunded those too, despite him being the one to check the date, not me. If I get a substitute I don’t want they take it back without argument and refund me. Carrier bags are returned empty the following week and reused by the store, saving me space at home and doing their small bit to help the planet.

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Home delivery fits neatly into my life. You choose your two hour slot and that’s when your food will arrive. As long as I am home in that window we can do what we like, and it just takes a few minutes to take delivery and then put everything away. So simple, so convenient and so reliable. The first delivery from Ferring was late. I’d booked my usual 10am-12pm slot and whilst I’m used to it coming at 11.55am the phone rang at 11.50am to tell me they were running a little late and would be with me within half an hour. The delivery came at 12.05pm, so hardly grounds for complaint. As long as you know they are going to be late its not a problem, and certainly better than them coming much later with no word, as I’ve had from rival supermarkets in the past.

Asda’s Home Delivery service is the perfect solution to my busy lifestyle. With the couple of months I’ve got coming up, I’ll be eternally grateful that its there.