Both my body and wallet have been rejoicing. Thanks to the bag ban I’ve been a bit more conscious about my grocery shopping habits. For some reason I hate being charged for a bag at the market. This wasn’t the case before, especially not at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods - This LAtina loved their free paper bags. But now, it’s a completely different story.
I’ve had reusable bags a plenty prior to the ban - somewhat of a collector, if you will. Ok, ok, more like a fucking hoarder. Unfortunately, some traits get passed on down from generation to generation that you simply can’t avoid. And while I meant well, I never did use them at the market. They were primarily used to haul books, magazines… useless shit. But I am extremely happy that I have now put them to good use, otherwise I was told they had to go.
For the most part, I carry a list with me when grocery shopping. But I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t veer off course
every single time once in a while. Why? Because I could, and I wasn’t being charged for each paper bag needed - and Trader Joe’s would always double up. Now with my list and bag in tow I have no choice but to stay focused and on task. And boy has this helped me out A LOT! I’m not buying stuff just because I’m hungry or feel a craving.
It definitely has taken time to adjust. I have, on more than one occasion, forgotten my bags at home - because I forgot to take them back to the car after unloading my last batch of groceries - and had to pay for paper bags. I am extremely hard on myself when this happens. And let’s not get into my wrath when JoseLuis forgets - this is a cardinal sin that must not be broken. This is me being frugal, because I need every cent for my magazine and book purchasing habits.
But I think I’m (we’re) pretty programmed now. You?