Shopping for groceries may be difficult when you have arthritis. To make this task easier, try taking several short shopping trips throughout the week instead of one long spree that might tire you out. Shop for small specialty items yourself, but ask others (family or neighbors) to buy canned goods, a sack of flour, and so on when they buy their own. If you drive, take advantage of the parking for people with disabilities right near entrances (be sure to have a permit if one is required where you live). When you’re carrying groceries, hold them close to your body or use a shoulder bag, backpack, or big pockets.
(Source: Koehn, C., Palmer, T., Esdaile, J. Rheumatoid Arthritis Plan to Win. Oxford University Press. Oxford: 2002.)