Monday, July 5, 2010

TMR Frugal Living Tip #76

Today's thrifty living tip is to bring your own bags to the store. We know all it cuts down on plastic being used to make bags which is great for the environment. It also cuts down on the amount of trash in landfills. But did you know that you can stuff a lot of groceries in them? Not only that, but the majority of them have a reinforced bottom which is great for canned goods plus heavier items. Most people say they have a hard time remembering to bring them to the store. So what I've done is to keep them stored in my car side door. This way I always see them before I get out of my car. I have heard that some stores will give a discount for bringing your own. None around me do this, but you might be one of those lucky people. CVS has a key chain one that you can buy for 99 cents, and you will get a $1 ECB for every 4th purchase when you have it scanned. I'm even starting to bring bigger tote bag ones when I go to yard sales. I usually get the bigger ones for free at some stores I have shopped. Another great thing about them is you could make your own customized ones if you wanted to have more stylish bags. I feel that these bags are a great and inexpensive investment.

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Leslie said...

I think these bags are a good idea. I used mine today as a matter of fact. I even got my brother to buy some. They do pack a lot to be small looking.

JusFrugal said...

Another good thing about bringing your own bags to use is that some stores will actually take a few pennies for each bag off your bill! I have a few supermarkets and Target who do that in my neck of the woods!

SwapSavers said...

I earn 5 cents per bag where I shop which adds up every week!