Do You Bring Your Own Bags to the Grocery Store?

United States
November 14, 2006 8:31pm CST
I reuse my bags. I shop at Aldi and they don't supply bags, you have to buy them or bring your own with you. I have several that I have reused and bring them with me.
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@zuri25 (2127)
• United States
27 Nov 06
Yep, I do. I'm a big fan of reusable bags; better for the environment. I like that Aldi's uses this system and that you have to put in a quarter to use the shopping carts. If people want their quarter back they have to take their cart back instead of leaving it in the middle of a parking space (I hate that!).
• United States
27 Nov 06
I always see carts from other stores parked in front of people's houses or on the road. Rarely are there any Aldi carts amongst them.
@rusty2rusty (6760)
• Defiance, Ohio
18 Nov 06
It depends on what store I go to. If it is at a store that requires it. Than yes. Price Busters and Save A Lot are the two stores that I am aware that require syou bag your own groceries. I shop at both.
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• United States
27 Nov 06
Sav-A-Lot was the first store I had ever shopped that required you buy bags or bring your own. It freaked me out a little. But what a novel idea really.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
16 Nov 06
yeah i've been to aldi a few times when i was visiting Ohio. Shocked me the first time it happened didn't know what the lady was doing putting groceries into another cart without bagging first..but i had to buy bags and yeah we kept them for next tiime they had a sav-a-lot that was the same bag your own groceries or use boxes they had laying around. We had others save there bags from other stores for us that didn't use them...If you go to this store often I would say to get some cloth bags or make some really cheap that would be easier than reusing all the time because they weaken with each use and then food rolls everywhere and some breaks..wellgood luck..
• United States
16 Nov 06
I have a lot of material left over from sales that I have hit. I plan to make some bags for gifts this year. Maybe I will make a gift for me too!
@baysmummy (1638)
• Australia
15 Nov 06
If i am just at one of the normal supermarkets then no i dont bring my bags in to be reused but i do go to Aldi's sometimes and when i am there i always reuse the Aldi bags just cause i have to pay for them, A couple of weeks ago at Aldi they had none of the cheapest bags so i brought a biodegradable one and as soon as i put a bottle of milk in the hands broke and milk went everywhere, The lady who served me saw it and didnt even offer us another bag let alone a replacement milk i was very upset!
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• United States
15 Nov 06
That is ridiculous...they should have replaced the milk for you. You didn't even get it out of the flippin store. Idiots.
@GardenGerty (113528)
• United States
15 Nov 06
Aldi's is one of the places I shop too, I have some of their bags, but I also like to just put everything in boxes. I also have stores that pay you 5 cents for each bag you provide for your own groceries. I like Aldi's cart rental policy, I wonder what it would take to get Wal Mart to do the same?
• United States
15 Nov 06
Aldi bags are so much more durable than the flimsy bags they use in supermarkets.
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
27 Nov 06
Yes, I have my own green bags, and use them all the time!
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@breezie (1247)
• Canada
18 Nov 06
The grocery store we shop at either has boxes or you can buy bags or bring your own. Usually I bring my own but some times I forget, in which case I use boxes. It really annoys me when they don't have any boxes out and they still ask if you want bags or to use boxes.
@marthab (325)
• United States
16 Nov 06
I bing my own bags if I go to Aldi or something but not if I go somewhere else. I save the bags and reuse them for other things though.
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@kevindb (274)
• United States
16 Nov 06
I always shop at aldi or save-a-lot for what I can get there. I always either bring my own bags or use boxes.
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• Netherlands
16 Nov 06
In Europe it is typical to bring your bags to reuse because you have to pay for them at the store. There are a few stores that will give you free bags but they are thin like veggie bags in the us.
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@happygal68 (3277)
• United States
15 Nov 06
I used to live close to Aldi's in NY, but where I am now, it is quite a drive to get to the store. So I still have several of their nice bags to use. The grocery store here does not pay you to reuse their bags. I wish they did because every little bit helps.
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@ChewySpree (1832)
• United States
15 Nov 06
What a great idea, I had never thought to do this but it makes perfect sense. I will have to start doing this too.
• India
15 Nov 06
bags - bags
nooooooo
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@tmnjyk (3486)
• Canada
15 Nov 06
bag - bag
yeah I always do. My husband and I always put bags on our car, wherever we go. So that way, whenever, or wherever we go, we have bags on our car, no matter what.
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• United States
15 Nov 06
I never heard of Aldi but I have been to Trader Joe's and they do that. The other stores I shop at they have the bags provided. I like the bring your own bag policy though.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
12 Jan 07
We shop for groceries at ALDI's. I am amazed at the poeple who have already responded to this article stating that they shop there also! We never bag our groceries. We just take them to the car and put them directly into the cooler or the trunk. At home, we pull up to the back door and unload them into a clothes basket to carry into the kitchen. I shop at Dollar General store and save those bags to be reused when I pack my husbands clothes to change into after he gets off work. My husband is a mechanic on large equipment for a local strip mine. He showers at work as he gets very greasy. I pack him clean clothes, wash cloth and towel. He then puts his dirty ones in the bag. When he arrives home, we unload his dirty clothes to be washed and them use the bag AGAIN to scoop the days dirty litter from the cats litter box. How is that for reusing bags?
@babyhar (1335)
• Canada
8 Jan 07
I reuse my bags as well. The only time I don't reuse them is when the bags begin to have holes at the bottom or on the sides.. Because why would anyone want to use a bag where there items are going to fall through the bottom/sides?! haha. We shop at Superstore here for a lot of our groceries. And they don't bag your groceries for you so you have to bag them on your own. But they charge you a small minimum for the bags but it's not a large amount. So we don't mind having to do that at times.. But we usually save our bags & re-use them as they come in handy each & every time. I know someone had stated that they use boxes to put there groceries in. Which is a really smart idea but I am not sure if the grocery store we go to would allow us to bring boxes in. Sometimes they will stop you & tell you that you can't bring certain things within the store. Which is silly but they do that down here at times. But I think the whole box deal is a good idea.. I guess it all depends upon what you put in the box though.. As I wouldn't want to squish anything.. But I know if you pack the box right that wouldn't become a big concern.
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I shop at Aldi also, so at first, I bought about 10 of their heavy plastic bags for about .10 each, and if I need more, I just bring bags from home. I really like this system.
• United States
11 Dec 06
No, I never do. They always supply the bags. I never heard of a grocery store not giving you a bag for their foods.
• United States
11 Dec 06
Brown Grocery Bag - bag
I try to remember them. It kills me to pay for them! lol