k you've been warned that this will be ranty. twice now. ;o)
Darly found a shopping bag that I'm not using so that brought on this post.
I started collecting reusable grocery bags back when we were in Korea...WOW has it REALLY been that long??? anyway, I've managed to get quite the collection. I have some that are small and pretty much just two rectangles of fabric sewn together with some handles, a few that are those square bottomed made out of some sort of plasticky recycled stuff, a few canvas bags and one really nice insulated bag.
When I first started on this adventure the grocery store used to pay me to bring my own bags. They don't do that any longer. They SAID they were gonna start charging folks for using plastic or paper...they haven't done that either. So now the only real advantage to using my own bags is that I like them and they hold more stuff than those flimsy plastic bags.
Grocery store baggers are still idiots. I KNOW that they are supposed to receive training on how to bag groceries...like don't put cans on top of the eggs and such. But they don't seem to remember how to do that. It has gotten so that I will shop for the right check out lane so I get a bagger with a brain and I don't get smushed bread. If I can't do that, I usually spend a few minutes in the parking lot rebagging my groceries.
I had to take a marker to my insulated bag and write COLD on it so that my cold items go in that bag (btw: I organize my shopping cart so that similar items reach the bagger in groups.) Yet I can't tell you how many times I get my cereal bagged in the cold items bag! It doesn't help.
The two really small bags should be for light things like bread, chips or eggs...but no. They like to load those up with canned food. I now have to retire one of my bags as it is falling apart.
And then I put all my bags into the largest bag. The idea is that they should use the bags inside that bag first and then if I go that far use the outer bag. But the baggers like to empty the big bag and use it first...then when they finish my order figure out how to contain all my extra bags. I bring my own produce bags too so this can be quite messy. sigh!
oh and I frequently have to remind the baggers that I have to carry these bags once I get them home. It seems they get some sort of sick pleasure in trying to load my entire order into one bag...that's probably why they go for my big carrying bag. Of course this will backfire with them putting very little in the bags too.