Monday, January 4, 2010
To Market, To Market
I always have at least five or six bags in the trunk of my car. And I keep one in my hand bag - usually a small, fold-up one like the Baggu bag made of parachute fabric http://baggubag.com/#Shop that was a party favor from a museum benefit or, more recently, the cute red and white flowered envirosax http://www.envirosax.com/graphic-series/flora-series/flora-bag-1.html that my sister-in-law Beth gave me for Christmas. Another favorite is an old blue plaid Burberry bag that sometimes doubles as a casual purse.
Even when I did some holiday shopping at Marshall's and Old Navy, I toted my tote bags. A few clerks seemed not to understand that I really didn't want my purchases put in plastic bags, and proceeded to do just that even after I said "I have my own bag, thank you." But the sales woman at a local cookery ware store thanked me for not taking a store bag.
The SuperFresh grocery store, where I frequently shop, encourages customers to bring their own bags by offering a 2 cent credit per bag, although I have to remind the clerks to punch the rebate into the register. The nearby Giant grocery store doesn't offer a rebate, but they do seem to sell a lot of their own reusable bags.
Leah Ingram wrote extensively about bag rebates in one of her Suddenly Frugal posts http://www.suddenlyfrugal.com/2009/02/reusable-shopping-bag-savings-going-down-the-drain/ I wish more stores would offer rebates, or at the very least ask customers if they would prefer to use their own bags. Do you regularly carry a reusable market tote? What is your favorite?