So Chris is the hostess for Fun Monday. She wants to know: So ‘what type of shopping bag do you favour’-plastic or material? How many do you use. You could even show us what’s in your bag!
Ah, a green post, so green text: Well, let’s see, I really prefer to use my dull (not shiny) new shopping bag from Aldi. It was $2, and this weekend we used it to recycle paper (yet another use), but I have taken it several times to the local megamart. They cashiers are happy enough to use them, I find that the older cashiers understand better than the young ones, though. If we forget the reusable bag, a lot of times they’ll put one item in a bag and then forget that they did it, so I’ll grab it back out and put it with the others, ensuring that #1 we come home with everything and #2 that we save the plastic. We do recycle the plastic bags that we get, or reuse them for baby wipes, bathroom trash, etc. The hometown grocery that I go to in order to stock up on their sale items (gallon buckets of Prairie Farms chocolate ice cream for $3.99) each week, sometimes gives out paper bags, so I have a couple of those saved back and tuck them in the fabric bag in case of ‘too much bought-itis’. I even took a picture of the big bag full. This was from 2 months ago, some event, perhaps 4th of July, and I had also gone to the library and stashed books I had gotten that day in there too. It’s really a great all-purpose bag, and holds a LOT. It doesn’t sit on megamart bag holders very well, but if the cashier is careful, it will sit. I find it easier to place cart items that would be heavier or make the bag retain it’s shape up on the counter first, and that makes it easier for the cashier to steady the bag. It truly, really is easier than using all those plastic bags, too, because you can put this over your shoulder (sans winter coat), baby in other arm, soda in bag hand and voila, all ready to go, something that would have taken 3 trips and left a baby whining in a playpen makes for marvelously easy trips inside. There you have it, I have one, big fabric bag, and I try and remember to take it with me whenever I go shopping. Note, I have taken it for family things too, when I take stuff somewhere, and it is very useful, plus can be refilled with empty containers or simply folded up and put back in the car when not in use. Handy thing, really.