what’s it like buying groceries in cities like Boston or NYC and having to lug them home especially if you don’t have a car and you’re a broke student?

what’s it like buying groceries in cities like Boston or NYC and having to lug them home especially if you don’t have a car and you’re a broke student?

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  1. Backpack is your friend.
    For bigger hauls it’s the red granny cart for you! 🙂

    Do you really need that gallon of milk? Or will a lighter. Quart be good enough.

    You’ll just need to go more often. Pick and choose.

  2. Luckily the transport situation is going to make all of that a lot easier. You’re never all that far away from a subway or bus stop.

    Having sturdy reusable bags makes a world of difference. Carrying a gallon of milk sucks but it sucks no matter what your transportation method is.

  3. A schoolbag and a bag on each hand works. You also shop more frequently and for less.

    Alternatively you stock up on a ton of things (shelf stable or frozen items) and get a cab

  4. You only buy what you can carry (and if you’re broke, you’re not going to spending all that much anyways). And if you need more things, you go to the store more often. Of course, you might not live right near the grocery store, so you end up getting stuff from convenience stores, but even then you try to plan it out: pay attention to prices, and get the higher markup items at the grocery store when you do go.

    Of course, everyone always has the “it’s only one extra bag, I can handle it” moment, and then when you somehow get it home you vow never to do that again. Some people have several of those moments.

  5. I did it in the heat of new Orleans. You just make more trips and eat at shitty corner stores like CVS. As a student i worked in the service industry so i basically lived off French fries and maraschino cherries. I had paneers on my bike that i used to make groceries most of the time.

  6. When I lived in NYC, there were markets every few blocks. I’d take an empty backpack and only buy enough to fill it to carry home. I was also living in basically a closet on the UWS, so I didn’t have a whole lot of space for a Costco run or something.

  7. I’ve seen people use wagons. Which aren’t bad considering you’re probably only a couple blocks from home. I’d think the bigger issue is if you live in a high rise

  8. I’ve got two grocery stores not even a 10 minute walk away from my place. It’s really no problem to make multiple trips a week for a few things if I need to.

  9. I carry a backpack and just grab what I need for a couple meals. I do have a cart with wheels I’ll take if I need more. You can get one at Target for like $20.

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