This Is What the Loops on Grocery Carts Are for—and It’s Not What You Expect

Updated: Dec. 14, 2023

I've always wondered about the loops on grocery carts. Now it's time to solve the mystery!

I visit the grocery store quite a bit—usually once a week at least. When you find yourself spending a lot of time in a place where you want to get in and out as quickly as possible, it can be difficult to stay organized. Especially when you’ve got a long list of kitchen staples (and snacks) to feed a family!

And speaking of long grocery lists, how are you supposed to keep all your meat, snacks, fruits and scented items separate while shopping? You use the loops on grocery carts! Didn’t see that coming, did you?

Nope, They’re Not for Car Seats

The loops on grocery carts are typically on the back of the children’s seat. Look for one or two little half loops. But what could they possibly be for? Well, the answer is so simple, we can’t believe we didn’t think of it before. They’re for holding your grocery bags…duh!

It’s important to keep your items as organized as possible, especially with carts that keep getting larger. You know, like keeping the soft, squishable bread and delicate eggs away from the orange juice and gallons of milk? I sure didn’t write “broken eggs” on my list! That’s why the loops are so convenient—place your heavier items on the bottom of the cart while placing more fragile items on the seat and loops.

Voila! No more falling bags, crushed groceries and tumbling items everywhere on your way to the car.