Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - I keep forgetting my 're-usable' grocery bags...

04-11-2008, 07:01 PM
I just want to scream when I get into the grocery store and realize I have forgotten my 're-usable' bags.... I love using them, they hold a lot, but I can't get in the habit of bringing them with me..... I have so many... I've left them in my car, on the kitchen counter, on top of my pocketbook, on the doorknob... I've tried everything... Do you use them ? How do you remember to take them with you... It's kinda like the umbrella thing, there are 2 in the car, but your'e in the office, etc. etc.

04-11-2008, 07:17 PM
I use my bags when I walk to the store, so I store them by my shoe storage basket, right by the door. That way, I see them when I put on my shoes.

04-11-2008, 07:23 PM
When I unload them, I put them on top of my purse so I can easily see them to grab them and take them to the car (I never drive without my purse - my license is in it. Then, the bags are always in my car when I go to the store!

04-11-2008, 08:04 PM
I'd like to have a set of reusable bags, but can't find them locally. Where did you all get yours?

04-11-2008, 08:42 PM
My local grocery store sells them, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other chains have their own most are a dollar or so... lots of on line sites to buy from too....huge selection but they are more pricey... go green....

04-11-2008, 08:57 PM
I just use paper grocery bags (double-bagged they last for years) and a few canvas bags that I've picked up free from various business conferences. They aren't as fun as the reusable bags that you can buy, but they were all free and at least I'm putting them to good use.

I always keep some of the canvas bags in the car. The paper bags we store in a basket by the front door. It took me a couple of months, but at least for the groceries, I've gotten into a routine. Before I leave for the store, I grab the grocery list, the plastic bags that need to be recycled, the paper bags for my groceries, and the coupons.

I used to forget the bags a lot, but now that it's gotten to be part of my routine, I don't forget them anymore--at least not for my weekly grocery store trips. My problem is remembering to use my reusable bags at other stores (like Cost Plus and Target) and for interim trips to the grocery store. The other day I ran into Safeway to buy just a couple of items I had forgotten. I brought my canvas bag into the store, held onto the entire time I shopped, then stood there and held it as I watched the checker put my items into a plastic bag!

04-11-2008, 09:33 PM
I also find that it has slowly developed into a habit. I even have my hubby doing it! I leave them in the car and when I unpack my groceries, I fold the canvas bags into one bag and hang it from the garage door doorknob. Then whoever walks out next, has to grab them and put them in the car.

It just takes time. Soon you'll find it to be second nature.

04-11-2008, 09:40 PM
I have a total of ten -- all from one of the local grocery chains -- unless there is someone else in the car with me, I keep them right on the front passenger seat. After I empty them in the house, I set them right beside my purse so they get back into the car the very next time I do.

I really think they are a great thing . . . but there is one drawback . . . since I'm not collecting plastic bags anymore, I've had to buy special bags for my garbage and my kitty litter. :lol:

04-11-2008, 09:40 PM
...and a few canvas bags that I've picked up free from various business conferences.

Now that's a good idea. I must have a dozen of those lying about somewhere...

Jennifer 3FC
04-11-2008, 09:59 PM
Target and Wal-Mart also have them. Target's fold up in to zipped bag. I ordered some at a couple of years ago. They are a fishnet style bag that stretches WAY out, which is handy for odd shaped and large items.

04-11-2008, 10:05 PM
I keep them in my trunk. After I'm done putting groceries away, I put them with my work stuff. Then when I grab my work stuff, I throw the bags in the trunk. If I've forgotten them when I first go into the store (rarer and rarer these days)... I just go back out and get them :)

04-11-2008, 10:07 PM
Well if you are getting them into the car but not the store, maybe make them the first item on your list so you run back out to grab them before you have a cart started.

04-11-2008, 10:43 PM
oh... good idea Tommy.... all good ideas...I knew I could count on you guys.... thanks everyone...

04-13-2008, 02:42 AM
Sweetcaroline -

If it makes you feel any better, I work at a grocery store part time after school and everyone forgets their bags. Just forgive yourself and try again...and remember that you can throw your plastic bags into the recycle bin if you don't use them. Personally, I use them for my garbage.

04-13-2008, 02:43 AM
Sorry, double posted because my internet was being slow and I thought that it wasn't working!

Its Courtney
04-13-2008, 03:27 AM
Try putting your bags on your shoes when you think about going grocery shopping. When you're ready to leave, grab your bags, put on your shoes, and get out to your car...and be sure to put your bags on top of your purse! So when you get the the store and park, voila! You remember them! :)

04-13-2008, 10:28 AM
I have looked through both Target and Wal-Mart, as well as our local grocery store, and haven't been able to find reusable grocery bags. I've looked in housewares and groceries and paper goods areas. Two employees and one manager were clueless. Guess I'll have to order some. Anyone have a good recommendation as to where I can find them online?

04-13-2008, 11:44 AM is where I got mine from. They have a very wide variety, from basic canvas bags to super sturdy ACME bags.

I even bought my nalgene water bottles from them and my lunch bag! Haha.

Jennifer 3FC
04-13-2008, 02:22 PM
Nice site, Lindsey! I was going to offer another link, but this one has much better prices and selection. I love the ACME bags.

04-13-2008, 02:29 PM
and remember that you can throw your plastic bags into the recycle bin if you don't use them.

Just wanted to note that most commercially used plastic grocery bags are NOT recyclable at all.

04-13-2008, 03:58 PM
Just wanted to note that most commercially used plastic grocery bags are NOT recyclable at all.

That's a good point, they shouldn't be put in with the rest of your plastic recyclables. I live in an apartment complex and share recycling containers, and I see a lot of people put their bottles/cans in plastic bags and throw the whole bag right in... but then the collector (who happens to be my mother-in-law, lol) has to dump everything out of them!

But I'm guessing just_a_dreamy1 meant the special recycle bins at grocery stores for recycling the plastic bags. On the rare occasion that I end up with too many, I make sure I bring all mine back to the store to recycle!

04-13-2008, 04:21 PM
They can be recycled into new plastic bags when put into those 'special bins' or if the local authority allows them in the regular recycling bins (ours does) . . . at least that will save an occasional plastic tree, I guess. :lol:

04-13-2008, 04:29 PM
Our Wal-Mart has their reusable bags in a box on the floor underneath the front edge of ONE of the checkouts (lane 6 I think). A very weird place for them.

Our Meijer has them at eye level - front and center as you enter the store. I really like the Meijer bags - lots of "extras" and grommet reinforcements.

I hang my bags on the back of the back door after I empty them out. I then take them to the car on my next trip out the door. They stay in my car so I have them for whenever I need them. I take them in ALL stores - department, dollar store, sporting goods store - wherever I shop. :) If we had a mall, I would take them there too ;)

Our Wal-Mart has a plastic bag recycle bin. If we do get a stray plastic bag, we take them to Wal-Mart. Our recycle center does not take them. They don't take styrofoam either. But our UPS Store DOES take packing peanuts and the like :)

04-13-2008, 08:11 PM
I'd like to have a set of reusable bags, but can't find them locally. Where did you all get yours?

Ask for paper....reuse paper

I keep mine in my car...and STILL forget. As I am pulling in to the grocery lot I say "get the bags get the bags" and then as I am putting the groceries in the trunk I say :censored:

04-13-2008, 08:50 PM
Just an FYI... I just read that Walmart is giving away 1 million reusable bags on Saturday April 19...

04-13-2008, 11:08 PM
Check out Martha Steward's site for this cool t-shirt bag that you can make. D&autonomy_kw=t-shirt%20grocery%20bags&rsc=header_1

I have several reusable bags and also lots of cloth bags from various conferences and work places. A few months ago I gathered all the cloth bags that I had around the house and put them with the store reusables and that's what I use. I must have at least 20 bags of varying sizes. It's hard to remember them sometimes. I keep them by the door so I can take them to the car and walk right past them. I am using them about half the time but trying to get better at remembering.

04-14-2008, 11:10 AM
I am trying to train myself to return the bag to the car (after the groceries have been unloaded in the kitchen). That seems to me the best way not to forget it the next time I go some place. I am getting better, I only rarely forget it (even if I don't return it to the car).

If you find yourself without a reusable bag, can you grab a cardboard box at the store? Most store offer them. See if you can get one in which egg cartons are stored, I find those just PURR-fect for groceries. It has cut-out on both sides so it's easy to hold, and once it is at home, I use it for storing newspaper and flyers that go back to recycling. This way, the box serves 3 times before being recycled.

04-14-2008, 05:33 PM
I will miss plastic bags :( they are so perfect for scooping out the kitty box. I definitely get at least 1 more use out of all my grocery bags!

04-19-2008, 05:42 AM
I have the same problem, I never remember them. I use the bags and love them. I have 3 canvas bags and 2 sturdy plastic ones that zip. They hold a lot and especially since I have to climb 3 flights of stairs right now, it really makes it easier. I am living where we don't have a car right now and take buses and cabs, so I can't just put them in the car. They make it so much nicer and easier. If you come up with a plan, let me know.