Saturday, January 17, 2009

Five Cents

Remember what I said about being a financial squirrel right now?

Every little penny is being hoarded away!

Even though I absolutely love plastic shopping bags, the fact that ShopRite will give you a nickle for each non-plastic bag you use is tempting. (They only give you two cents for reusing a plastic bag.)

I decided to use the Barfy Marfy (that's Martha Stewart for the uninitiated) tutorial and make my old t-shirts into shopping bags.


These two are my favorite as they are about the size of a real shopping bag.

I seamed the handles and opening of the pink one. But it's not really necessary. The edges will roll in on themselves and not fray. And besides, they're going to hold groceries, not Oscar Swag.

The other two I made were out of my Don't Mess With Texas shirt:


And my Alaska shirt:

Now with more cat butt!

For the record, the Alaska shirt bag is bigger than the Texas one. Ha ha!

I'll take these along with a large stack of coupons (maternity leave is great for surfing the internet and finding good coupon deals) to the grocery store today.

I figure if I use these four bags every other week, that's 40 cents a month I save off my grocery bill. Forty cents times 12 months is $4.80. Shoot. That's enough to wash my darks and lights and dry them for 30 minutes at the laundromat--with five cents to spare!

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Blogger Christina said...

That's a great idea! They came out pretty awesome.

I love coupons. I never used to use them but ever since I started clipping and printing them, I save at least %5-$10 bucks a week. I try to use them especially when the item is on sale because then its dirt cheap. Oh and get raincheks. If they're out of a sale item, its totally worth it to get the raincheck. Last night I bought 16oz of mozarella cheese for 1.99 with a raincheck and the ptice was listed as 3.99. Score!

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahahahaha!!!! I thought that I was going to get a box of T-shirts in the mail!!! Cute idea. You still have your Juneau T-shirt!? Mine bit the dust along time ago! Love, Mom

8:25 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

You are the awesome-est. (Yeah, I'm sure that's a word. Somewhere.)

9:11 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

I absolutely love this idea! I've often considered taking old t-shirts and sewing them into a quilt. How soft and cuddly would that be?

9:51 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

What a good idea. The bag is practically already made. Just needs a seam and you are done! Fab!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

Those are pretty awesome. Much better than the craptastic reusable bags offered at my grocery store. AND they don't give me money for not using their plastic bags. Boo Publix!

11:38 AM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Great idea!! Great way to use up the t-shirts too!! I've been on a closet-organizing kick lately too!!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Dame Wendy said...

I love this! I wish I had my old Luke Perry tee shirt to do this with! Cause nothing says grocery shopping like a little Dylan McKay. :)

12:26 PM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

Dude, I had to give just about all of my co-workers a geography lesson yesterday. They didn't know Alaska is the biggest state! (My boss-ola knew, though. He's from Texas.)

Nice bags. Do they stretch when you fill them?


1:32 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

The bags are a great idea. I've been taking my own bags to the store too. One store gives you "green points" you can collect and use for discounts. The other just gives you 10 cents off per bag you bring in.

I think it's great wokr is being flexible on your scheudle! Our company just started that. Now I'm working 4 ten hour days. I love it.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I have a couple shirts I just don't want to part with- good reuse for them... Our Whole Foods gives reuse credit but they're the only grocery here who does- I think it would be such a great idea if others would do that!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Great idea!! You so need to write a book on your cool ideas!!

7:40 PM  
Blogger Rebel said...

Seriously bezzie, you need to get yourself a (PAID) guest blogger spot somewhere where you can give out cheap-ass tips, this one is awesome.

I prefer canvas bags and picked up a bunch at the thrift store and at garage sales. They're a million times sturdier than plastic bags and I used them all the time. I only brought my 'good' canvas bags here, but I still use them regularly.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

What a great way to keep around t's you're just not ready to say good-bye to.

They kinda remind me of those purses shaped like the back of a pair of jeans (or most recently, a poodle-dog). Shirt-bag! Of course!

1:12 AM  
Blogger Linnea said...

Cool idea! I still think of you when we use plastic grocery bags - shouldn't I be knitting them into a rain jacket or something?

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Cristi-Lael said...

I love my t-shirt bags with lots of cat butt!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

What a neat idea!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Great idea! I love them!

4:08 PM  
Blogger Mother Necessity said...

Those bags are great - do they stretch a lot when full? Now I'm off to my t-shirt drawer...

8:45 PM  
Blogger jaaladay said...

Love those shopping bags! I always forget mine, so I keep them in the back of the car. That way I outwit myself. ha!

10:38 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Pathmark gives us 2 cents for each bag we bring. We have a whole bunch of bags and reuse them and save 20 cents! It makes me feel good even if it's not really saving me much money.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I saw some bags on Etsy made from old t-shirts - I think that's such a clever idea.

Nothing wrong with saving a few cents here and there. One thing I do is use a service called Ebates when I buy things online. It's completely free. You sign up for an account, shop through links to various online stores on their website and get a percent back of what you spent (varies by store). Every three months they'll send you a check or deposit the money in your Paypal account (as long as it's at least $5). You also get $5 in your account for if you recommend the service to someone, and they sign up and make a purchase through the site. It's not a whole lot of money, but considering that it's free, I can't complain!

P.S. The cat butt thing cracked me up!

1:55 PM  
Blogger Carina said...

You know, I really might do that. My sewing machine still scares me, but even that project looks like something I could do, and I could always use more grocery bags. I will admit to loving the new Meijers bags, though--heavy duty plastic cloth (better than other stores, I noticed) with grommets at the handles and washable on delicate. Strong, and each can hold 6 half-gallon OJ/Silk containers without breaking.

Still, I could always use more grocery bags. My Meijers bags tend to disappear and get used for other things.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

That's a pretty sweet idea!

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

VERY VERY clever of you, Bez. I don't think I can do that tho, I would need like 40.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

I hope you don't mind, I linked to this post over on my 'ranty blog'

1:11 PM  

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