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Thursday, January 03, 2013

I had a really bad night last night...
One of those times when you don't know if you've gotten hit with the Flu
or stomach poisoning...chills, cramps, and fever.
Got up this morning and I was a little achy but I'm okay.
What gives?

This afternoon I took advantage of a can sale they have at my supermarket.
I bought 20 cans of chickpeas...I'm addicted to roasted chickpeas.
And I bought fruit...a few apples, pears, and bananas.
The fruit cost more than the 20 cans.
Something is wrong with this picture.
The closest supermarket had red delicious apples at $2.99 lb.

And I have a question for anyone who is into using their own shopping bag and saving the 2 cents vs taking the shopping bags from the store .
Assuming you have garbage, do buy the plastic garbage bags (which usually cost more than 10 cents a bag)?
I recycle the bags I pack my groceries in to dispose of my garbage...
What do the folks who don't take the plastic shopping bags do?
And how does all of that save the earth?
I don't understand returning , or not using the shopping bags they pack your groceries in...
but then buying garbage bags (which are more than 2 cents a piece)

Did my stairs again and my SparkPeople Total Body Sculpting DVD.


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FATHINSN 1/10/2013 5:04AM

    Ever since our city declares no plastic daily and major supermarkets follow that rule, lots of free gifts in the form of non-woven shopping bags LOL But yeah, it's harder to throw garbage as we need to find plastic bags (usually from small shops coz they still provide plastic bags and free) and the black trash bags are too big!

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STRINGI719 1/4/2013 11:40AM

    Hope you are feeling better already. We love the chickpeas along with roasted veggies. A couple of years ago here on SP I came across the recipe for "South Beach Friendly Roasted Veggies with Chickpeas" and it's great! We add zucchini and yellow squash in addition to the veggies they mention - DELISH!!!

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SOSIREGIME 1/4/2013 11:38AM

    I use paper bags for groceries and then use them for garbage bags.

You're so right about the cost of produce! It's really expensive to eat healthfully sometimes.

Glad you are feeling a little better today. emoticon

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EDWARDS1411 1/4/2013 11:04AM

    Great quotes! And I reuse any plastic bags that we get for multiple uses. Our City tried to ban the use of plastic bags, but because of the threat of two major law suits they backed off. Our bags cost 5 cents each. Glad you're feeling better somewhat!!

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PATTISTAMPS 1/4/2013 10:45AM

    In Orlando (and all of florida that I am aware of) we have reusable fabric bags that we wash. They don't last forever, but darn near! When mine start to split a little bit on a seam, I use them to hold goods that I am donating. They are still useful, and the splits are not large enough for things to fall out of, but I avoid the issue of an ambitious bag person overstuffing the bag and having it really split as I enter the house. I do use them for a lot of things - take one shopping when I go to the mall, carry stuff to the office... But we reuse the bags our newspapers are delivered in for daily garbage. However we do buy trash bags - we don't have dumpsters, and have the trash picked up twice a week. They won't take unbagged trash. However we do have decent recycling programs - cans, bottles, plastic, paper, cardboard...

I do keep the grocery bags in the back of my car so that I always have them, even for a quick stop.

Hope you are feeling great today!

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    I have cloth bags for Aldis. They have to be washed occasionally though so who knows how it all works out. I hope you are feeling better now.

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    Urgh - hope you're better soon. I finally got a couple of sets (4 bags each) of foldable/rollable reusable bags that fit into my purse. I try to remember to refold and roll them up, and put the BACK into my purse after using them. They're a silky polyester, quite sturdy. With the cloth bags, I woiuld remember to use them one day ... finally get them out of the kitchen and into the car ... finally remember to take them into the store. I'm at 80% now with the purse bags! If I have to get the store plastic bags, I use them for trash.

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LEANMEAN2 1/4/2013 7:02AM

    Hope you're all better really soon!

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MALEXANDER4 1/4/2013 7:02AM

    I use the plastic bags for trash liners in the small cans...I buy the 13 gallon size. Sorry but the bags of cloth that you bring back to the store to reuse don't hold much and I forget to bring them back.

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CHACHAOREO 1/4/2013 5:32AM

    emoticon Hope you feel better!

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LINDAK25 1/4/2013 3:36AM

    Sorry you had a bad night! Hope you are completely better. You'll have to give us your roasted chickpea recipe. I "recycle" plastic shopping bags by giving them to a friend who uses them at the flea market. Sometimes I'll use them for garbage, as long as it's not wet garbage. I've had them leak and I hate that!

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KASEYCOFF 1/4/2013 3:04AM

    I suppose there are people who have trash cans into which they drop the garbage directly, then wash them out each week - 'cause myself, I too reuse the grocery bags as "bin liners." Yes, I COULD wash out the bin each week. Would I? Not likely! I mean, laziness being my middle name 'n' all, lol...

Re re-usable store totes: I have a pattern for using plastic grocery bags to crochet into a carryall / tote bag. Totally washable, much more durable than any one (or even two together) bag, and you can even adjust the size to suit yourself. Mind, I haven't got that far yet (see previous comment!) but I've got the pattern. It's a start!

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NEW-CAZ 1/4/2013 3:00AM

    I'm glad you feel better Sheryl.

I use small plastic bags to wrap toiletries up to go into the suitcase for holidays saving spillage.
Over here in the UK our supermarkets offer hessian bags for shopping which last forever (well pretty much!) and when they do outserve their usefulness you can take it in and exchange it for FREE. The useless ones are recycled!

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DRB13_1 1/4/2013 1:21AM

    feel better and think of using a recycle bag as making choices before checkout of what will fit (reduces impulse buying!)

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KARRENLYNN 1/4/2013 12:21AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better. Lots of sick people around me too.

I use the grocery bags for the garbage cans they fit in and still buy tall kitchen bags for the other cans. So I try to use the grocery bags when possible.

Have a great weekend!


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TEXASFILLY 1/4/2013 12:21AM

    Good for you in keeping up with your exercise! *hugs* So sorry to hear you've been hit with a bug~ hope it's no more than a 24~hour one. *hugs*

As for shopping bags, I'm big into recycling, so I use my own shopping bags 90% of the time. I will have meats that could leak wrapped in plastic bags before they put them in my own recyclables, and I, too, use these plastic bags as my trash bags. I agree, no point paying for expensive trash bags, considering how little is actually trash after I recycle.

Hope this helps. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 1/3/2013 11:25PM

    Very good!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/3/2013 11:25PM

    Very good!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/3/2013 10:25PM

    I use the plastic bags for garbage. I do re-use my paper bags. I go to Aldi's a LOT and I have a cloth bag that is very sturdy (sounds like there are those out there which are NOT so sturdy!)

As for fruits . . . I have resorted to using some frozen fruits (blueberries, strawberries, mixed berries) and only buying the fresh when they're on sale. Apples . . . yikes. Yes, they're expensive, but I'll get what's on sale. Bananas . . . they always go on sale. I never eat a whole one, so they last for awhile for me. And when they get too ripe, I freeze them.

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DETERMINED_ME 1/3/2013 10:11PM

    So glad you are feeling better today.

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STRINGS58 1/3/2013 9:58PM

    Sorry you had a bad night - I recently had a short bout of flu, so I'm REALLY sorry you had a rough night. Hope it gets better fast!

There are some garbage bags which are biodegradable. We use some for kitchen and some for lawn.

Loved the pics and motivational sentiment

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/3/2013 9:39PM

    We're really lucky as we don't have much garbage...recycle all the paper, cans, plastic, etc and compost whatever we can. But, there is still always something for the trash bin and for that we use a kitchen sized garbage bag. It only gets thrown out about once a week and if it wasn't for smell, etc, we could go longer. Dealing with bags and trash is frustrating, but necessary, unfortunately.

How do you roast chickpeas? Just curious. Thanks for another interesting blog, Sheryl. emoticon

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    So sorry about the ickies!! I have read that there are a few areas where neural viruses are breaking out in record numbers, which is 3 days of diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting usually and then its gone.

Freggies are more expensive, but the sodium content in the canned stuff is so not worth it for me.

As far as the plastic bags, we save them and use them for garbage bags for our small cans around the house. If we have too many, then we will recycle them, Washington state is big on recycling.

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FISHINGLADY66 1/3/2013 8:36PM

    I don't take my own cloth bags because they get soiled, I washed them once and the seams came apart. I use the store plastic bags in my garbage bowl for coffee grounds, egg shells, and fruit peels and such. That way my trash doesn't leak or smell. Great blog Sheryl. emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/3/2013 8:18PM

    wow your shopping bags are cheap the plastic shopping bags by us are 30 cents,lol.glad you are feeling better though love.

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DALID414 1/3/2013 8:14PM

    Fruit has gotten crazy expensive. I've resorted to the 99 cents Store for the deals.
About the trash bags, I was standing in the trash bag isle the other day and an older lady came an stood right in front of me, she turns back at me and says, "Why are they so expensive, I'm going to throw them away!" emoticon

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TERRI289 1/3/2013 8:09PM

    I always use my plastic bags for garbage too.

Be happy that your cold/flu symptoms were mild. I am a week in and am still hacking up a lung..getting slowly better

Keep smiling, eat those chickpeas!!! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 1/3/2013 8:00PM

    My mom saves the shopping bags. Her church has a "pattern" that they use to cut the bags and weave them into mats for homeless people. These mats are surprisingly warm to sit on, and keep you dry when it is damp out.

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WOUBBIE 1/3/2013 7:56PM

    I have 2 boys. Those little grocery bags are too small for all the garbage they create.

I recycle a lot, but certainly could do better. I use the cloth bags for groceries (at Aldi's, at least) but use black plastic bags for garbage. Hoping next year to start composting the food scraps and recycling the paper plates/paper towels that my boys are so fond of using/wasting. That will finally cut us down to one bag or less of garbage per week. Right now we fill a can every 5-6 days.

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UMBILICAL 1/3/2013 7:53PM

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