Ma’am, Will that be Paper or Plastic?

| April 28, 2008

Neither, thank you. I brought my own bag.

For the heck of it I finally got around to buying one of the cloth grocery shopping bags at my local Hannaford grocery store. I was only buying a few items and I thought, why not?

Well, I think its one of the best investments I’ve made in a while. Not only did Hannaford give me the 69-cent cloth grocery bag for free with my purchase (apparently, it was free if you bought a tray of fresh fruit), I realize a 5 cents savings each and every time I use my cloth bag instead of their plastic bags. That’s 5 cents per bag used.

My local Shop Rite offers a 2-cent per bag savings. Shop Rite’s prices are usually cheaper than Hannaford’s, so I’m not complaining about the 3-cent differential. The cloth bags eventually pay for themselves.

In addition to saving money by using the cloth grocery bags, the cloth bags are larger and sturdier. You can fill them up without worrying about them breaking. No more double bagging heavy items.

To top it all off, since they fit more groceries, that means fewer trips back and forth to the car when I get home from shopping. What a win-win-win situation!

The only challenge that I have with this new-found lifestyle is remembering to bring the bags into the store (I’ve actually had a cashier wait until I ran to the car to retrieve my cloth bags).

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Category: Recycling, Saving Money

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Felicia is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment.

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