Happy Aloha Friday!

From Kailani at An Island Life:
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So on Fridays let’s take it easy on posting, too. Ask a simple question…nothing that requires a lengthy response. It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!

Isn’t amazing that we’re already more than halfway through the month of February?  I don’t know about you, but it seems that time flies by faster every day.  Still looking for that pause button – if you find it, let me know.

As I was heading off to do my bi-monthly grocery shopping yesterday, I was running through my checklist to make sure I didn’t forget anything (you know, like the grocery list, since shopping on the fly usually warrants forgetting something important).  One of the other things I make sure I remember are my reusable shopping bags.

I didn’t always remember to bring my reusable bags – which then caused purchase of new ones whilst shopping, resulting in a major stockpile of reusable bags.  Sort of like forgetting to bring coupons – which I tend to do more often than not.  Or I bring them, and forget to use them at checkout.

I love the bags I’ve gotten, especially the insulated ones that are nice and roomy and boxy with a zipper closure at the top.  I like the ‘boxy’ ones because they tend to pack better, and won’t slide around in the back of the vehicle.  I like the look of the Target ones:

Cute, right?  But so inefficient.  They aren’t boxy, they taper to a single seam at the bottom, which prohibits packing very much into the bag, let alone it won’t stand on its own filled.  So I don’t use them. Even though I bought two of them.

Some cashier’s tend to have an attitude when you present your reusable bags for usage (hello, Wal*Mart) but for the most part they’ve gotten used to the trend of reusable bags.  My question for you this week is:

Paper, Plastic or Reusable?

Do you have your own stash of reusable bags?  Any that are your all-time favorites?

Have a great weekend!


Follow Friday 40 and Over


There are a lot of fabulous bloggers who are 40, so I’m participating in Follow Friday 40 and Over – please be sure to leave a link to your blog so I can come check out your site and follow you, too!

Fun Follow Friday


I’m also playing along with Fun Follow Friday hosted by Simply Stacie and My Wee View. The goal of this hop is to get new Google Friend Connect Followers for your blog and be introduced to new blogs to follow. Be sure to leave a link when you follow so I can follow you back! Have a great weekend!

I’m also joining in on “Stalk Hop Friday” hosted by Mrs. Marine and the Tiny Troops, Novel Bloggers, Two Peas in a Pie, and Aspergian Tales! This one is a little different from the usual, instead of just following on Google Friend Connect (GFC), each week the “Follow Theme” will rotate – this week it’s Feed Subscribe & GFC Follow.   Be sure to leave a link in your comment so I can follow you back!

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  1. I always have good intentions to take my reusable bags to the grocery, and then I forget them. It’s usually plastic for me.

  2. We try to always remember our reusable bags (like you, we have quite a few), but when we don’t we go with plastic – and we take those to the “recycle bin” they have set up for them at the store. I’d say we have a 80% success rate using the reusable.

  3. i forget to bring the bags more often than bringing them. I also if I do put them back in teh car after unloading? Forget to bring them in the store. Another pet peeve is the space they take up in the cart that I’m trying to load down with my groceries. ugh!

  4. I have a bunch of reausable bags at home, but always forget them. I have some from Target and the local grocery store. I’m not impressed with either. We tend to get plastic bags just because I reuse them in the small wastebaskets in my house.
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  5. We nearly always remember our bags since we store them in the trunk of the car. I’ve been known to send JR out to the car while we are in the check out line. My favorite? Would be my old Trader Joe bags. They are square and deep. They also don’t fall apart.

  6. I definitely love reusable bags, not just for environmental reasons but efficiency, too! My groceries typically fill 4 reusable bags, which seems to translate to 8-10 plastic bags! And I’m with you, boxy bags are best, preferably with handles long enough to slip over a shoulder if I want.

  7. I have some from various placed that are ok, but the TJMaxx bags are nice and big and sturdy. I try to remember to put them back in the car after using them but am occasionally guilty of forgetting. And I go to the commissary 2x per month and bring home about $400 worth of groceries so I don’t have enough bags for all of it. I use plastic then. I do drop off the plastic ones to be recycled.

  8. I’m definitely a reusable girl! My husband wants to kill me though because we probably have like 50 reusable bags, no lie!

  9. I actually made a New Year’s resolution three years ago to not bring home any plastic bags. Back then, not many folks were using reusable ones. I got a lot of attitude from cashiers.

  10. I have a huge over sized one from JC penney’s that is awesome. I also have one from the Catlin Reserch project (that I got free for becoming a bone marrow donor canidate) that is canvas with a waxy coating so It’s water repelant. It’s so awesome.

    I use them mostly when I shop at BJ’s as they don’t have bags. But I also find them perfect for throwing the stuff we need for the week into and on Monday I throw it in the car.

  11. I have reusable bags, but I don’t use them for shopping. I have no idea why. I guess the stores don’t make it easy to do and I usually forget to carry them.

  12. I have been using reusable bags for several years now! The base I live on in Hawaii, began a campaign called “BYOB” (bring your own bag). They now charge you for bags (I believe its $0.05 per bag) but, if you bring your own, you get paid the same amount per bag!
    I just saw a news flash the other night that the state of Hawaii is thinking about doing the same thing. I personally think every state should do it.

  13. Hi Stacy!

    I still love the plastic bags since I have so many uses for them around the house . . . it is just more convenient for me 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend . . . Gina

  14. I keep a ton of plastic bags that I reuse. However, I use them for bringing lunch to work, and stuff like that. I don’t actually bring them to the store with me when I shop. I do keep a canvas tote in my car for Costco runs.

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