Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Savings Tidbit #1 - Those Pesky Plastic Grocery Bags

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Savings Tidbit #1 - Those Pesky Plastic Grocery Bags

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Hey there lovelies! I have a new fun series for the blog...savings tidbits. This is a way for us all to share the little ways we save pennies for our families. Those pennies add up to dollars, which means more money in your wallet. So I will share my tips and tricks, while you all share yours in the comments. Each week I will add more savings tidbits and include your tips and tricks as well! Lets uplift and inspire each other to live more frugally and on a budget!

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We all have them right? Those plastic grocery bags. I like to use reusable bags, but I always end up having quite a supply of those plastic grocery bags. Yes, you could just recycle them, but what if you could find some uses for them around your own home? Plastic bags can be used for all sorts of things. You can use them to stuff cushions in outside chairs. When the cushions flatten out, open the back and add some more bags. They can also be used to put in bathroom wastebaskets or even in the car, so you always have a trash bag handy. I always have something that needs to be thrown away in the car. Having plastic bags stashed in there, keeps my pile up of trash to a minimum. One other way to use those bags, is to stash one in your pocket when you go out to walk the dog. They're perfect for cleaning up after Rover's potty time. These are just a few of the many ways you can reuse plastic grocery bags. Now I want to know how you use them. Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

XO Danielle

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25 comments:

  1. our city has banned these pesky plastic bags so they are no more here. Now I actually have to buy garbage bags for my small garbages!

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    1. Oh man! They did that where my aunt lives too!

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  2. Great tips! I usually have an annual garage sale and save mine to use then. Folks appreciate having something to carry away their treasures in. :)

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  3. I use them as bathroom liners as well! ... the only other major thing I use them for is to wrap up stinky diapers so my trash doesn't get too smelly in between taking it out :)

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    1. They are the best for stinky diaper disposal:)

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  4. I avoid getting them at all costs. I became a bag hoarder with three bags stuffed with other bags....and then I just said it only goes up to one bag of bags in the pantry and recycled a bunch. I do reuse them for the kitty litter though. They're handy.

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    1. Absolutely! I need to limit myself as well:)

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  5. Diahanna in TexasMay 8, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    My Mom crochetts plastic grocery bags into small round dish scrub pads. They work great!!

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    1. So cool! A lady in my ward does this too!

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  6. Yep x it seems if you save them.... they multiply, just like bunnies. Lol. We try to use reusable bags as much as possible. I take them when we go to Sams club, I always end up getting a batch of smaller things. This way i always hsve something to wrangle them together with.

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  7. We use them to line bathroom trash cans and they also work to wrap around paint rollers to keep them moist between coats ;)

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  8. We use the store bags for small trash cans and use dog food/cat food ect bags for the big trash cans. If they are going to go in the trash anyways why not fill them up. They are also durable and tend to be able to hold liquid and not leak.

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  9. I use them to keep kitchen waste from making my garbage can messy, and also to dispose of used cat litter. I volunteer at the local food pantry and we can use all the bags of any kind that people give us.

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  10. You wouldn't believe how handy those bags are in the car. Saved my new car from being covered in barf on one occasion!

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  11. We use them to wrap fragile christmas ornaments. It works great.

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  12. Plastic bags make great filler and protection (when used in multiples) in moving boxes, packages being mailed, etc. I also use for daily cleaning and later disposal off kitty litter.

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  13. I cut them and use them as PLARN (plastic yarn), I have made purses, bags, and given them as gifts (they actually turn out pretty cute since there are so many different colors used by different companies). I crocheted a large bag that holds all my other bags. They can be crochet or knit. But they are like bunnies and seem to multiply. I've seen a few crafty things made of bags: plastic flowers and melted into wire turns into beads. I use them in the car, around the house as well for pick-up bags saves me sometimes from getting distracted as I put things away individually, usually a great "quick someone's coming over, clutter gathering and hiding" and then if I find it later it's like Christmas! "Oh I forgot where that went...lol"

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  14. The bags can be cut and crocheted to make decent sized rugs for people who have dirt floors, usually other countries. Also, they can be bed pads in those homes.

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  15. I ask them not to give me any at the store. I bring my own bags, or bring my carriage directly to my car

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  16. I use them to put sweet potatoes or other veggies in and steam or cook in the microwave instead of buying steam veggies or prewrapped sweet potatoes. The potatoes stay moist and are easy to peael and it saves electric not baking for a long time in regular oven.

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  17. I use the plastic bags as trash can liners in the RR as well, for kitty litter, as a double wrap on meat from the grocery store to help protect from freezer burn. I also take my bags to the local thrift store so they don't have to buy more bags to hand out....the cashier at one of my favorite store squeals when she sees me coming in with a big bag full for her. I like the scrubbie idea :)

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  18. I keep these in the diaper bag for used cloth diapers when out and about...

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