A few days ago while standing in line to pay for my groceries, the lady behind me noticed my handful of reusable bags as I handed them to the cashier.
“How do you remember to bring your own bags?” she asked me. “I always forget mine,” she added.
“It’s a habit,” I answered her. When I left the store, it occurred to me that maybe some people need to learn how to shop with a reusable bag. Here are a few helpful tips on how to make it a habit.
1. Keep spare bags in the car
Don’t store your reusable bags at home where you’re most likely to forget to use them. Keep them in the car. Then when you get to the store, you can just grab them and go. I usually grab 2 to 3 bags with me from the trunk of my car before entering the store.
2. Keep one foldable tote in your purse
Even with the 2 to 3 bags in hand, occasionally I need more. I always keep an extra one in my purse for those last minute add-on purchases. And because I switch purses a lot, I have one of those easy foldable tote in every purse so I’m always prepared.
3. Return bags to the car
After I unload all my groceries in the kitchen, I neatly fold up all the bags and return them to the car or my purse. Get into this habit and you’ll never be wasting time looking for your bags again.
The added bonus is that some stores will give you credit (just a few cents) every time you use your bag. It’s a little thing in terms of savings, but a really big thing you are doing for our planet.
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Yes, I keep all my reusable bags in my trunk. As soon as I’ve unloaded my groceries I take my bags back to the trunk. If I don’t then the bags will never get back in my car.