Paper or plastic? Or how about neither? Not only is bringing your own bag when you go shopping a good move for the environment, it can also be good for your pocket book. You probably need another plastic grocery bag as much as you need another telemarketer calling during dinner. So if being green isn't motivation enough, perhaps saving some green will help you to remember your reusable shopping bags. Here's a list of stores that have been known to offer some kind of bag credit.
Shoppers report receiving as much as ten cents per reusable shopping bag. Ten cents may not seem like big bucks-- especially at a store like Whole Foods, but it all adds up. Some stores offer opportunities to donate your bag credits to local charities or schools.
Some Trader Joe's locations are still giving shoppers a bag credit. Other locations are entering shoppers into a drawing when they bring their own bags.You can win prizes like free groceries just for being more earth-friendly.
Many Target store locations give shoppers a discount on their purchases for each reusable bag they bring in. It may only be a nickel per bag, but it's an easy discount-- no coupon clipping required.
CVS sells a reusable shopping bag with rewards. It comes with a scannable tag and every fourth time they scan your tag you'll be rewarded with $1 Extra Care Buck. ECBs are like CVS cash that can be used to buy anything in the store.
Various Grocery Stores
Grocery stores are probably where you tend to rack up the most plastic or paper bags. There are many regional grocery stores offering a nickel for each bag you bring. Some of those stores include Bi-Lo, Fareway, Fred Meyers, Hy-Vee, Shop Rite, and Winco. Know of any others? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below.
As with many deals, keep in mind that they can vary by location so it's best to check with your local store.