I often find that many people are reluctant to start carrying reusable shopping bags because of the upfront cost. In fact, I was just grocery shopping the other day when a woman looked at my stash of reusable bags and said, "I would love to start carrying all those cute shopping bags but I just can't afford to buy them all!" But then I watched that same woman purchase 4 magazines, two packs of gum and a Burts Bees chapstick that was by the register. That was at least $20-$25 worth of non-essential merchandise that could have started her very own reusable shopping bag stash.
What people don't realize is that you don't need a million reusable bags to get started. In my experience, it only takes 3-5 reusable bags to carry home a normal load of groceries for my family. But the real key is to buy quality reusable bags that won't fall apart after only a month or two of use. That is where the cost goes up. You may save a bundle initially by buying the $1 and $2 bags offered in your grocery store, but when they fall apart and you have to buy a whole new set every few months, you are spending well beyond what a nice quality set would have cost from the beginning.
So with that in mind...I have put together a little list of great reusable shopping bag sets that are $25 or less to help you get started.
There is no excuse not to have these bags with you at all times, considering they roll up into a ball the size of your hand. Such a smart idea. $24.95 a set.
My SIL Meagan uses BAGGU bags and she loves them. She says they hold a TON of groceries and they wash up really well. $21.95 a set.
The original Workhorse by REUSEIT is literally the lightest bag on the market. This makes a huge difference when you are lugging heavy groceries, so I can see why this is a best seller. And at $17.85 a set...it is also the best value on the market :-)
Now, if you just can't let go of the cuteness factor and want to spend the extra money for some Envirosax, you don't have to invest in one of their larger sets. You can buy them individually, which will get you a set of 3 for under $25. And really...sometimes cuteness is worth the extra money :-)
And finally, if you want to reduce the number of bags you carry, opt for one or two large bags like this Reisenthel Mini Maxi Hauler...
For just $17.95, you can carry all of your groceries for a small trip in one bag and avoid the pile.
So you see grocery store lady...there are lots of options for starting a quality stash of reusable shopping bags at a reasonable price. And the only thing better than starting your stash for $25 and under is starting it FOR FREE!!!!!
That's right friends, REUSEIT.com is letting my give away a $25 gift certificate that you can use on any of their hundreds of AWESOME reusable items. You can start your own shopping bag stash, invest in some great new water bottles, or even put money towards your very own Reisenthel market basket!!! It's easy to enter. Here's what you have to do...
* Your first mandatory entry is to leave a comment on this post letting me know what you would spend the $25 gift certificate on if you won.
* You can earn an additional entry by becoming a REUSEIT.com fan on Facebook. Just leave a separate comment letting me know that you are, or became a fan.
That's all!! You have until next Friday, October 8th to enter. I will select a winner Friday morning and post the name on next Friday's Eco-Friendly post. Be sure to spread the word!!! Happy Friday everyone!!