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  •  Yes, many places do give you 0.05 discount. :) (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Stores in my area used to gives discounts (1+ / 0-)
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      (between 3-10 cents/bag) for bringing your own bags.  But now that plastic bags have been banned, the stores no longer give discounts to people who already bring their own, and instead charge 10 cents/bag to those who don't.  

      My Karma just ran over your Dogma

      by FoundingFatherDAR on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 05:18:29 PM PDT

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    •  different stores give diff. discounts here, but (1+ / 0-)
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      you usually have to remind them(!) 4-5-6 cents per bag, depending on where you're shopping.

      We went for YEARS (20+) with a set of 4 CANVAS bags, cut the same size as the brown-paper bags, that we bought for 99c each when a mega-Safeway opened near our place. We used acrylic fabric paint to "overwrite" the Safeway logo with designs more to our taste, 8-) and they're still in the car. They're still usable, but we have bigger bags now.

      We mostly use two woven grass baskets, don't remember where from, Africa or Central America, that we've had for maybe 8-10 yrs? Also a very large canvas bag from World Market/Cost Plus -- Green Elephant bags, 8-)

      I think local stores are still giving credits for bring-your-owns, but only charge a nickel for the brown-paper bags; and ALL of them now carry re-usable bags you can buy for reasonable. I looked at those, the pretty Trader Joe's & etc... they are also made of plastic, but recycled plastic, and seem to generally be guaranteed for about a 3-yr lifetime.

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 09:21:14 PM PDT

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