5 Alternative Uses for Reusable Shopping Bags

5 Alternative Uses for Reusable Shopping Bags

Too many reusable shopping bags? They’re good for way more than just groceries.

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Monday, October 21, 2013 - 7:00am

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There can be too much of a good thing when it comes to reusable shopping bags for your groceries. Those bags are tempting to buy — so many supermarkets have cute seasonal designs, and they’re usually pretty affordable (especially if you’re buying a week’s worth of groceries, what’s another dollar or two tacked onto your receipt?). Plus, what else are you to do when you forget your bags at home, except buy another one (or three)? 

But when the bags accumulate and take up all your trunk space, as has been the case with me, it’s time to find other uses for those shopping bags. Keep 5 to 8 shopping bags on hand (I probably never use more than four at a time, even on post-vacation-replenishment shopping trips), and find creative ways to use or get rid of the rest. And of course, for the ones that you use, don’t forget to wash them regularly to eliminate bacteria!

Read on for five alternative uses for those reusable shopping bags.