I’m ashamed to admit that the next time I went shopping I compeltely forgot to take it with me.
And I forgot it again on Saturday when we went as a family to do some shopping. But! At SuperTarget I found that they had reusable shopping bags for sale, so we bought several and I can guarantee you that I am not going to bother making my own.
The larger one has a flat-bottom and and insert to help it stay up. It fit 4 boxes of cereal with no problem. The pouch in front is a bag that is about the size of a regular grocery sack, maybe a little smaller, but it zips up nicely into the attached pouch.
$1.49 for the big one and $0.99 for the small one.
I could not find them on Target’s website, but they are made by a company called Green Bag. They don’t sell to consumers, but they do have a bunch of info about their products on the site.
Now all I need to do is remember to put the reusable bags in the car (and then remember to take them into the store with me…)
When we checked out at Target, we put the sacks on the conveyer first, and the cashier very brightly unzipped them all and set them out so he could fill them with our groceries.
Then, he started scanning our groceries: and the first item he scanned he tried to put into a plastic grocery sack. He realized pretty quickly what he was doing, but I thought it was kind of funny that his routing is so ingrained…
Something else that we did over the weekend (well, Mark did it…) was to purchase and install some pipe insulation on the hot water pipes that go to the kitchen sink. Instant gratification: before supper on Saturday I used some hot water, and shortly after supper when I started rinsing dishes: the water was still warm. It’s a small thing, but over time the amount of water that we won’t be wasting (while waiting for the hot water to reach the faucet) should add up.