This week’s Tuesday Tip, use a canvas bag for shopping. My canvas bags hang on a hook by the back door; on my way out of the house I grab a few just in case I decide to run by the grocery store or pick up a few items at Staples. (Just don’t forget them in the car!)
Tip #23: Use canvas bags instead of paper or plastic!
- Some grocery stores apply a few cents per bag to your order. My neighborhood market used to apply 5-cents per bag toward my total grocery bill. If I took 7 bags, I’d receive a 35-cent credit. However, they now…
- Allow me to earn points towards rewards. A few grocery stores will instead credit you “points” towards a rewards program that allow you to earn cash back coupons at the end of a rewards cycle.
- You won’t be charged for paper or plastic by bringing your own bags. Recently, some large metros have implemented a new way to encourage people to bring their own grocery bags; by charging them a bag fee. Forgo that fee by BYOB!
Canvas bags are better for the environment.
- Canvas bags can be reused again and again. There are all kinds of reusable bags available that range in price from a few cents to a few dollars (sometimes you can even get free ones through the vendor!). Many reusable bags can be washed and hang-dried ensuring a clean bagging environment.
- Less plastic floating around the Earth! I’m really tired of seeing plastic bags floating in the breeze. Not only are they unsightly, they are dangerous to animals. Plastic bags float down storm drains and end up in the tummies of turtles and sea life. Don’t be irresponsible, use canvas bags!