Did you know some supermarkets give U money if you bring your own bags????

@bjc66bjc (6745)
United States
June 8, 2012 6:58pm CST
I am here in the USA so I am first not talking about ALL supermarkets. But I was in line the other day and a customer asked "do you take off money for bags". If I had not heard her asked that question I would have never known that.. There are not signs to advise that allowance... Check with your supermarket to see,,I have no idea how much but the cashier did asked "how many bags do you have?"...Iam sure its just a few cents...nevertheless I was just surprised. And I walked my 10 blocked again today!!!!!!
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10 responses
• Indonesia
9 Jun 12
I will be glad if that happens here in my country. I think most cashiers in supermarket too easy to give away plastic bags. When I do my grocery, I only use one bag and put the rest with no bags in my car's trunk. Although I'm not so environmentally friendly, at lest I try a bit.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
9 Jun 12
hi love and peace....kudos to u foe trying....
@FrugalMommy (1450)
• United States
9 Jun 12
I know that our Target store offers discounts if you bring in a reusable bag. I keep on forgetting to do it because all of my reusable totes are full of books. I bagged them up because I was going to try selling them to the used book store down the street after our yard sale, but I keep forgetting to do it. I got an email from Earthbound Farm today telling me that I got lucky and won one of the reusable bags they were giving away on Wednesday. It really surprised me because they posted on Facebook that all of the bags for that day had been given away before I even filled out the form. I think I'm going to just leave it in my car so I always have a reusable bag with me. I'm getting tired of having to round up all the plastic bags whenever I go shopping.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
9 Jun 12
well Frugal, thanks for the feedback...I never knew that about Targets,,I have those retseable bags in my car but I forget to take them in the store..
@GardenGerty (90189)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Jun 12
Yay for the walking. My Kroger family store used to give 5 cents per bag, but I think it got to costing them too much because people started all bringing their bags a lot. There are lots of perks that you can get, though, to help with the grocery costs. Like double coupons and fuel savings points.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
9 Jun 12
hi Gerty, isn't that something...I guess they didn't realize 5 cent is 5 cent in this economy and ever 5 cent helps,,, today was my forth day walking...thanks..same 10 blocks....
@much2say (34543)
• United States
9 Jun 12
Yah, I have heard of that! But admittedly I have never taken advantage of that. I use paper and plastic bags all the time at home - so I never bring them to the store! I think at Trader Joes, they don't give you money back but they give you a ticket for each bag you bring - and those tickets go into a lottery for free groceries (or something like that). Eek - and I haven't taken advantage of that either!!!!
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
9 Jun 12
Hi much, now thats my kind of saving,,,I would prefer that instead of then couple of cents per bag...But I didn't know that either...There is one in my area, sort of...
@lynboobsy11 (11347)
• Philippines
7 Jul 12
We have supermarkets here that sell bags with their own trademarks that we can used for shopping. But we don't take any cents from them from using it. The one duty free shops that we have offered us to buy bags and if we used it for shopping we can have double points that can be converted into money.
@KrauseHome (33250)
• United States
14 Jun 12
Yes, I have heard of places doing this. Not sure if any of them around me still do this, but I can remember once getting a small credit by doing so. Around here a lot of the places quit using plastic, and use paper, or you need to bring your own, so it would be worth checking into especially with all the plastic bags we sometimes have laying around.
@maximax8 (27048)
13 Jun 12
I live in England and my nearest supermarket gives extra nectar points for the customer that brings their own bags. I have a selection of jute shopping bags that I have bought at different supermarkets. I bought two jute bags which have powerful save the earth type of messages. I go to a department store and they don't have any plastic bags. They give paper bags which are quite strong.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
11 Jun 12
Hi BJ,at my area here, i am only receiving points, every time i bring along my own bags to the supermarkets. So far, they haven't introduce this giving money method in my area here. We only earn points. Every few months, they will convert those points into cash back coupons, where we can use them to purchase our favorite things. Even we can buy some items at a discounted price, based on the coupons. I am happy that i can save some cash through these type of programs.
@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
9 Jun 12
I have yet to experience this practice..In the Irish republic,for some time it's been policy to charge 5c a bag when you use another carrier bag..so the charge is waived if you bring a bag along to use..Here in the UK,it has yet to happen,though there are initiatives to get customers using "Bag for life" and re-usable bags..but you do have to buy those first..and if you have a store loyalty card,using your own bags adds to your points balance too..I could do with getting cash back to use my own bag,though!
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
9 Jun 12
My grocery store didn't give cash but we got points for bags. Bring in max of 10 bags and get 5 points per bag. I forget now how much the points were "worth" but they'd add that plus points from my purchase price, plus points from coupons and all that totaled into a quarterly "rebate". Every quarter I'd get a point coupon worth at least $25...could only use it at that store on food (couldn't cash it in) but it was so worth it. I did nothing, but bring in a few bags once a week and would get $25 every 3 months. I have moved from that area and where I am now, there is one store and they dont' do anything like that. THey even give you a hard time for using coupons! But I still use t hem!