Bagging It

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Bags, glorious bags.  Believe me, I’ve got bags.  Not under my eyes, mind you – these bags are in the trunk of my car. 

I started the “collection” when I bought a couple of reusable bags for use when shopping at Aldi after they opened a store in our town…and then the state announced, in the interest of keeping plastic out of our landfills, plastic grocery bags would be subject to a 10-cent tax.  I figured that though the state officials said the tax was enacted to combat the effects plastic was having on our environment, it was really about helping to bridge the looming gap in the state budget.

And wasn’t the state surprised when the plastic bag tax didn’t bring in the windfall they’d been expecting.  I was pleased to see how well people adapted to bringing their own bags when shopping.  The state coffers didn’t benefit much as my bag collection grew…and grew…and grew as I picked up a couple of large and colorful bags at Price Rite…two tropical-themed bags and an insulated bag from Stop and Shop…a lovely green one from Freihofer’s bakery…a blue Walmart bag…a bag with a lemon motif from Big Y…and a blue bag from Ocean State Job Lot…the materials varied, but their function didn’t as the bourgeoning collection took over my trunk.

What to do…what to do…what to do.  I was inspired to go to America’s Marketplace, where you can buy just about anything you want/need.  It took a while to work my way through the extensive listing of reusable grocery/retail bags, but it was sure worth it.  I found bags that made me wonder how I ever lived without them.   

EXOBEST Grocery Bags Reusable Foldable for Shopping (set of 5), Foldable Into Pouch, Extra Large & Durable Heavy Duty Shopping Totes, Washable, Long Handles & Eco Friendly Reusable Shopping Bags have allowed me to streamline the contents of my trunk.

They’re reusable.  They’re environmentally friendly.  They’re well made.  So well made, in fact, that one of these premium bags, with reinforced hands, can hold up to 50 pounds.  You wouldn’t want to try that with the thin plastic bags!  And they’re definitely worth the price, coming with a one-year no-rip warranty. 

They’ve become my go-to bags for grocery shopping as well as for use at other retail establishments. They fold easily and I always keep one or two in my purse, just in case. This way if I stop at places like Kohls, Macys, Walmart, CVS or Ocean State Job Lot, I’m prepared.  The other EXOBEST bags (two blue ones and a purple) are usually in my trunk so I’m never without them…though recently, I’ve loaned them to a friend so she can see how they work for her.  I can’t wait to hear what she has to say.

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