OK Kiddies, I need your help/advice.
I'm finally breaking down and getting into this whole reusable bag thingy. I've got four so far. 2 from Walgreens (awesomeness in red, they zip into little purse sized packs) and 2 new ones from local grocery store. I'm going to try to buy 2 every time I hit these places. This way I can ensure I have enough for the "big" trecks. LOL they also make nice lunch bags.
Well the gal almost didn't charge me for the 2 this afternoon. If I hadn't have told her, I could have walked out with them. VERY VERY glad I told her. This got me thinking, how do you guys know if a person brought them in or not? Should I tell someone when I first come in? I'm going to mark mine on the bottom with my initials but I'm still paranoid.
Also, how do you go about making sure the meat doesn't leak? Yes I know they're washable. I'm more worried about my car/cross contamination. Would a basic towel in the bottom help with this or do you guys have any other ideas? Generally this isn't a big problem but I want to be prepared. This is a concern with the cleaning stuff as well. Should I be washing the bags for both each time I shop or is this over kill?
Ok onto shopping. Most of the time, I use a cart (I'm not lugging 35lbs of cat litter around). Is it ok to start setting stuff in the bags (such as veggies in one bag, frozen in another, chemicals in another) so that they're sorted when I get up there or is this looked down upon? I sort stuff when I'm putting it on the belt anyhow but that doesn't always give a good signal to the bagger. Also, I feel bad for the bagger because they don't sit as nicely as the plastic bags on the rack thingy. It just seems so less convenient for them you know? Do I offer to help or what's the correct protocol?
Another big one is storage. Yes they're all folded up and put into one to save room. Is it easier to store in the car or on the coat rack? How do you make sure you remember them when you're just running out for something small? Should I leave one in my car for those "just in case" moments?
I do have to admit, I really like them so far. I can carry 4 2-liters of my soda in one bag with out worrying. The flat bottoms also are awesome for when I haul everything in. They also seem to hold so much more than the plastic or paper bags. Just when you think you aren't going to change...*sigh*
Thanks in advance!!