Saturday, March 24, 2007

Free Groceries Are A Small But Welcome Victory In A Long And Dirty War

While checking my voicemail at the airport at 4 a.m. this morning I discovered I had won $25 in free groceries from our favorite grocery store, Trader Joe's.

We won the contest that allows you an entry if you bring your own grocery bags into the store. A couple of months ago we purchased three of Trader Joe's handy reuseable bags. Now we take them into the other grocery stores we visit. In our broom closet, there were enough plastic bags to build an entire family of plastic bag people. Since buying the reusable bags we've cut down that amount considerably, and now find ourselves saying "I don't need a bag" at almost every transaction at all the stores we visit. Cashiers look at us as if we recently found a way to get our straight jackets off.

Ikea just announced it will soon begin charging for each plastic bag. Good for them.

Anyway, it was $25 we didn't have to spend this month.

1 comment:

Leanne said...

That is great! I just bought some reusable canvas bags too, I will have to start taking them into Trader Joes. I love shopping there! It was driving me crazy how many plastic shopping bags I was getting too. You can only use so many of them! Great job!