Thanks for all the advice.
There is a new Aldi's down the road, so I might give them a try. The no-bag stores creep me out a bit after bag experiences with them in another town (moldy fruit, moldy cheese, et cetera). But what a generalization, of course. Beggars can not be choosers, I guess. ;-).
I love the kitty, too. She was not mine, but her expression matched my overall mood that year. :-D