I posted a long while back about using reusable bags at the grocery store. I have to say, I’ve done a pretty good job, over the last year, of remembering to bring my bags with me. I just like using them so much more than plastic (or even paper) bags, that it makes my shopping trip a big hassle if I don’t remember to bring them.
The problem I was running into though was the quick shopping trips or shopping at stores other than the grocery stores. I almost never remembered to bring my bags along with me then.
Until, I finally figured out the easiest way to ALWAYS remember to bring reusable bags to wherever I am shopping (really it’s so simple that I almost feel silly posting it, but I figured that maybe someone out there could use the tip) – carry reusable bags in your purse! Wow, what a concept, right?! But, truly, I hadn’t thought of it until right around Christmas time. I now have at least 2 and sometimes 3 bags that I keep in my purse and am always prepared no matter when or where I am shopping (not that I really shop all that much, we were talking about simplifying, getting rid of stuff and being selective about the stuff that comes into our homes this month, right?) 🙂
Really, the point is that sometimes I will run an errand that I didn’t know I was going to run. With two little ones, it is a big accomplishment when we actually get out of the house. So, whenever I am out, I always try to run at least one extra errand to keep myself from having to go out multiple times during the week. With my reusable bags in my purse, I never have to worry about forgetting my bags at home or even in the car once we get to the store.
Some stores, like Target, and if you live in this area, Martin’s, will give you a $.05 discount for every reusable bag that you use. Not, much, but every little bit helps, and it could add up over the course of the year.
So, stop reading this post right now and go grab one of your reusable bags, preferable a small, compact one, and stick it in your purse. I have these bags that I got for a dollar at Target, that I love because they zip up into themselves and don’t take up any more space than a wallet (Find other bag options here). Even if you carry a fairly small purse, you could still fit this small bag in there. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting your reusable bags again!
Now, if only they made bags small enough to fit in my hubby’s wallet…
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