If you find yourself in the position of not having any bags lying around, or, if you are like me and are a menace with a needle and thread, than you’ll want to buy a few bags–I’d suggest four to start. You can get them at pretty much any supermarket these days and they generally are around 99 cents a piece (the 99 cents store sells them for that price as well) and on the Internet at places like Resuablebags.com.
Presently, many stores will give you back 5 cents per bag each time you bring them in, so not only will these pay for themselves, but they’ll make you money in the long run! I suspect that the 5 cent offer isn’t going to stick around for long, so the sooner you start, the better the return on your investment.
Once you’ve gotten your bags, the trick of course if to train yourself to remember them. While juggling eggs to the car will curb your habit rather quickly, we’d all rather avoid the scenario to begin with right? What works for me is to keep the bags hanging by the door in plain sight so that they are a constant reminder as you leave. Pretty soon, it’ll be second nature and you won’t leave home without them. Another idea is to always keep them on the back of your bike or in your car, again, making them accessible anytime you need.
I know you’re scratching your head and thinking “that’s it, that’s all he’s got?” and the answer is, “yep, cuz it’s really not that hard.” Believe me, if I can train myself to stop throwing things out training yourself to remember a bag should be easy.