29 December 2010

700 Bags

Posted in food at 9:00 pm by Tricia

trader joe's grocery sacks
We were reusing grocery bags long before it was cool, ’cause I’m cheap (thrifty!) like that. One (or more?) of my grocery stores offer a credit of 5 cents per bag when you provide your own (providing you don’t go through the self-checkout, you’re out of luck if you do that). At the local Trader Joe’s, you get entered into a drawing for a $35 store credit. They draw 2 names per week, for a total of 8 winners per month. Most times when I hand over my entry, I say something along the lines of “I’m bound to win some day.” And this month, I finally did! As any proficient 2nd grade mathematician could calculate for you, that’s the equivalent of 700 bags reused. I doubt I’ve bought 700 bags of groceries at the store since it opened, so I figure I’m currently ahead of the game. Here’s to 700 more! Because surely somebody has to win twice, right??



  1. Leila said,

    Congrats! Enjoy your store credit… Anything special you’re planning on trying?

  2. Tricia said,

    Ack, I never responded. To answer your question: no, I didn’t really try anything special. I joked that I would buy $35 worth of chocolate stars (those chocolate covered shortbread cookies I’m kind of addicted to), but being seasonal, they were out. I did buy one new product, but now I can’t even remember what it was. My check-out guy was sufficiently congratulatory and impressed as well – I was the first winner he’d ever served, so we had a short conversation about how often I shop there and stuff like that.

  3. Tracy said,

    Hey, congrats! I always fill those out, too. It’s nice to know they actually do select a winner (sometimes I wonder, since I never win).

    We have also been reusing bags forEVER. Even in high school (early 1980s) I used the same brown lunch bag over and over until it fell apart, then I’d start with a new one. Classmates laughed at me for reuisng lunch bags (I think teenagers will pick on just about anything), but I perservered.

    We started reusing grocery bags in the early 1990s, and bought our first set of canvas ones in 1992. I remember the discussion with the husband. He didn’t want to shell out the cash for them (I think they were $3 or $4 each) since we could reuse the paper sacks for FREE, but I pointed out that with a 5 cent rebate with every use, eventually they’d pay for themselves. We are using those same bags 19 years later!!!

    • Tricia said,

      Wow, 1992? You have me beat, for sure! We had been reusing paper bags for a long time, but I don’t think I started using the canvas/tyvek ones until the last 5 years or so.

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