How to Save Money By Only Using Reusable Bags

How to Save Money By Only Using Reusable Bags

How to Save Money By Only Using Reusable Bags

Why You Should Switch to Reusable Bags

I have made the switch to reusable bags and it has saved me a lot of money. Here are some of the main reasons why you should make the switch too:

  • Plastic bags cost money. Even if you get them for free at the grocery store checkout, the store has to purchase them. This cost gets built into the prices you pay for food and other items. When the store doesn’t have to purchase as many plastic bags, they can pass some of those savings on to customers.

  • Reusable bags save you money in the long run. Yes, you have to pay upfront for reusable bags. But they can be used over and over again for years. So that initial investment pays off over time.

  • Reusable bags are better for the environment. Plastic bags create a lot of unnecessary waste and often end up polluting our oceans and landfills. Choosing reusables is a simple way to reduce your environmental impact.

  • Some stores offer rebates when you use reusables. Many grocery stores now offer a small discount each time you bring your own bags. So you save a little each trip. Those rebates can really add up over time.

  • You won’t accumulate a pile of plastic bags at home. We all end up with a stuffed drawer or closet full of plastic bags at home. When you only use reusables, you avoid all that clutter.

Types of Reusable Bags

There are several types of reusable bags on the market. Here are some of the most common options to consider:

  • Canvas tote bags – These classic bags are made from sturdy cotton canvas. They come in many colors and prints. They can hold a lot and fold up easily when not in use.

  • Insulated grocery bags – These bags have an inner lining that helps keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Great for transporting refrigerated and frozen items.

  • Mesh produce bags – Made from breathable mesh, these are ideal for storing fruits, veggies, and other produce. They allow air circulation to prevent spoilage.

  • Foldable nylon bags – These lightweight nylon bags fold up into tiny pouches for easy portability. Just unfold them when needed.

  • Backpack and shoulder bag styles – For major shopping trips, backpack and over-the-shoulder bag designs distribute weight most comfortably.

  • Wheeled grocery carts – For big grocery runs, these carts with attached reusable bags make it easy to transport everything.

Consider what types of shopping you do most frequently and choose reusable bags accordingly. A variety of bag types is useful to have on hand.

Remembering Your Reusable Bags

One of the biggest challenges when transitioning to reusables is simply remembering to bring them with you. Here are some handy tips to avoid forgetting your bags:

  • Keep bags in your vehicle so you have them whenever you stop at a store.

  • Place reusable bags right by your front door so you grab them on your way out.

  • Have a reminder set on your phone to grab your bags before leaving home.

  • Put a colorful reminder tag on your keys or wallet.

  • Get bags that fold up small so you can stash them in a purse, backpack, etc.

  • Keep extra bags in your office, locker, etc. for unplanned purchases.

  • Designate one type of bag for certain common purchases like groceries.

The more you make a habit of bringing your bags, the easier it will become. With the right systems, you’ll reach for your reusables without even thinking about it!

Caring for Your Reusable Bags

To maximize the lifespan of your reusable bags:

  • Inspect bags before reusing and wash if dirty.

  • Hand wash bags with mild detergent and line dry.

  • Use fabric bag washers for efficient cleaning.

  • Spot clean bags as needed with a damp sponge or cloth.

  • Avoid excess weight that can damage bag handles and straps.

  • Let bags air out between uses to prevent odors.

  • Fold or roll bags neatly when storing to prevent wrinkles.

  • Repair any holes, tears or damage right away.

With occasional washing and mending, high quality reusable bags can last for many years, saving you money in the long run.

Following these tips and techniques will help you seamlessly incorporate reusable bags into your shopping habits. You’ll be saving money and reducing waste in no time! Let me know if you have any other questions on making the switch – I’m happy to help.