JP Monkey Reusable Grocery Bags Giveaway

By Lynn Truong on 28 April 2009 (Updated 18 August 2011) 191 comments
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Still haven't gotten around to picking up a reusable bag for your grocery shopping?  Didn't get a chance to snag a bag for free? Maybe JP Monkey will give you some incentive to get with the program and knock off that Green Resolution you made.

JP Monkey made their first reusable fabric grocery bags over 15 years ago (you know, when it wasn't cool to be green yet). These cute, eco-friendly bags are handcrafted in the US and made of remnant fabrics, so when they sell out of a particular style, it is out of their collection.  Each bag also comes with a JP Monkey signature hang tag for your grocer club cards! It's a smart and stylish alternative to paper or plastic.

Check out their current available styles.

And we have bags to give away to two lucky Wise Bread readers ($25 value)!  To enter the drawing, just leave a comment explaining why you still don't have a reusable grocery bag!  Drawing ends on May 19. Only open to U.S. residents aged 18 and over, void where prohibited. Only one entry per person will be counted.

 This drawing has closed. The winners will be contacted shortly.

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Aaron

Yay drawings! I don't have a reusable bag yet because I usually use my Crumpler messenger bag to stuff groceries in when I'm riding my bike. For the instances when I'm driving, I'd sure love one though!

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Michael

I still don't at least have one reusable place bag because of their costs. They are extremely expensive locally and outside of costs for college school materials; I cannot afford them or anything else right now.

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I'm dragging my feet on the whole reusable grocery bag issue, because I shop twice a month for my family. (Which means it's a BIG CART full of groceries.) So you get the picture don't you??? I need a lot of these lovely "green" items!!! Believe me, it's on my list of things to do. And I will eventually stop dragging my feet and get enough of them to crossover from the dreaded plastic or paper debacle. But winning one of these lovely JP Monkey bags could be just the kick in the bottom I need to get me started -
And by the way ... I am a good girl about recycling :-)

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Joan

I use the plastic bags for my cats litter box, but I think I have enough for the next 5 years, so it is time to use a reuseable bag.

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Deb

picking up my dogs' poop, so I keep getting them. But gosh those JP Monkey ones are cute!

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Donna M Kramer

I don't have reusable bags because of the expense. Since I need several to load my graceries, I don't want to spend that much money to get them. I had one previously but it was so flimsy, it didn't last long.

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Angie

I personally have plenty of reusable bags for myself. But a coworker of mine only has the one I gave her 2 years ago for Christmas and doesn't use it because she says it isn't enough so why bother. I would love to gift these to her so maybe she can join in the fun!

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Becky V.

The ones I've seen are very flimsy - these look sturdy!

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lori

the cost

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Therese

I use the plastic bags when I take my dog for a walk. THese bags look very pretty and sturdy.

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Malonne

I have been using cloth bags for years. I received my current ones from my bank (with the logo on it & the bank has been gone for years). They are so ugly looking from years of use and I would love to win a replacement bag. I will recycle by old cloth bag by turning it into a bag to hold my clothes pins outside on my clothesline. The JP bags are so cute.

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ryan

i still dont have any because the ones at my grocery are too small, i would need 15 of them!

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virgil

My grocery store was giving away reusable bags, but when I got there, the bags were all gone.

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Mel

Most of them are just ugly and the cashiers/baggers don't seem to understand what you want them to do with them. I usually shop at WalMart for groceries and their bagging section is not very conducive to using the reusable bags.

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shopusa

Stop shopping at WalMart!

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Anawn E. Muss

Telling us to stop shopping at Walmart without adding a reason why just makes you look foolish and does not even begin to pull someone over to your way of thinking.

And try to use facts, not hearsay or conspiracy forum posts to back your argument, it makes you look a bit more educated on the issues at hand and is more likely to win support.

Just a suggestion from your friendly neighborhood watchdog.

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I don't have a bag simply because I am working too much and don't have time to get in on the free ones!

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Chad

I'm cheap. Ask my wife, she'll tell you about in vivid detail. The grocery store gives me paper and/or plastic bags for free. One day I'd like to go all reusable, but not until it's financially viable (read "free").

This brings up a new dilemma, though. Once I have all reusable bags, what will I put my trash in?

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Delilah

I actually do have a couple but I need MORE. I shop for a family of 4 so the cart tends to be VERY full.

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aeko

these bags are very attractive, most reuseable bags are darn ugly, and not sturdy enough to carry anything slightly heavy.

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p

I have just one reusable bag that I love dearly, and it's big, but in my eagerness to stuff all my groceries into it, I end up smushing at least one poor fruit item. So I think I need another bag to even things out!

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I've been using reusable bags for quite awhile now, but I can't seem to convince the rest of the family how important they are. Not only do they conserve and save the environment but they are actually much easier to carry then plastic bags. I can carry twice as much stuff in one reuseable bag, which means I have less trips back and forth to the car once I get home. This alone has made my husband a convert!

A couple of years ago I had a problem convincing my in-laws to recycle. Rather than arguing with them I bought them a small plastic bin that they keep next to the trash can. They started throwing their recycleables into the bin and carrying it down to the larger recycle bin once every few days. Wouldn't you know it, but they suddenly recycle everything now.

I'd love to win these bags for my in-laws. I know they won't purchase the bags themselves, but they would certainly use these!

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boognish1

They're too darned expensive and my grocery store, in a very small town, doesn't give any incentive to use the reusable ones. They should give a discount since it saves them money.

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Teaspoon

I actually use only reusable bags already--all of which I got for free one way or another--but I'd love to give this bag to a friend who hasn't gotten around to using them yet.

Also, for those of you who keep on getting plastic bags because you use them for other purposes (kitty litter boxes, picking up dog poop, lining the trash can), here's a tip for you: most grocery stores have plastic bag recycling bins at the entrances to the store. You can grab used bags from there, and thus avoid creating new waste.

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Kelly

I do have one that I got for free and I use it sometimes. I just don't want to pay for more, and more often than not...I need more than one.

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L

When I go grocery shopping, I tend to buy in bulk. Milk, bread, eggs, vegetables, etc., enough to last me a week or two. All the reuseable bags I've come across tend to be flimsy, small, and most of all, quite uncomfortable to carry when full. These JP Monkey bags seem perfect for my grocery needs. They look cute, sturdy, and easy on the hands!

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Patty

Alot of the ones avilable out there for $1 or $5 are flimsy and ugly. Try putting a carton of milk and a carton of OJ, good luck making it to your car without it cutting off circulation of your hand or arm. I've tried it... it's not working. The material, while durable but thin. Why would I bother if the plastic or paper is actually doing a better job?

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Meredith

I always forget to buy and use reusable grocery bags. these are so cute though, I'd love to carry one around! thanks!

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Jo

I've been holding off on buying reusable grocery bags because the ones that they offer at the markets are anything but green (usually they are made out of some kind of synthetic/plastic material, which if they were every thrown away they would be in the landfills just as long as the plastic bags). Even if I do not win these bags I will have to look into the possibility of buying them locally!

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Emily

My roommate does not use reusable bags and I have tried hard to get her to adopt them. If I buy some reusable bags for her, I'm afraid it might be condescending. But if I won the bags and gifted them to her, then maybe she'll get excited and use them!

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Cate

Ahh some that actually look like you could use more than just a few times before falling apart! I wonder what the handle length is - and if you could sling it over your shoulder?

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Emily

I've got several, but I want to give some to my roommate since she does TONS of shopping but always comes home with a billion plastic bags. I've gotten her to recycle so hopefully if I can get her an attractive looking grocery bag, she'll be more inclined to quit the plastic business :)

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Chrissy

I don't have reusable bags because I am too cheap to buy them! (sad, I know...)

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hillarie

I have a couple bags, but I need more! Two is not enough for my weekly grocery trips.

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Jana

Why I haven't gotten them already? Because I can't afford $20+ bags. I already spent $22 on a Sigg water bottle to replace a Nalgene for BPA fears. I'm poor :(

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mari

Hey - I live in NYC and don't have a car, so it makes having tote bags to carry things more than just being environmentally kind. But I often find myself out and about making an "impulse" purchase when I don't have a bag with me. These would be great for stashing in my purse (the totes I do use are big/bulky/non-foldable). So I hope I can still enter to win, even though I technically use re-usable bags for shopping when I can. Thanks!

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scott

while i'm still not sure that this reusable bag fad will stick around or not, i'd like to go ahead and have one in reserve just in case, but they're pretty expensive to invest in. i can't see how paying for a cloth bag (which will have to be washed periodically) is going to save me any money at all. i mean, right now i just unload my plastic bags after shopping, put them together into one and then put them in the cupboard to await my next trip to the store. granted, the bagger usually doesn't understand that i've brought my own plastic bags back to have them refilled again, they aren't as trendy as the cloth bags and i do get some dirty looks from said bagger trying to fill my wrinkled bags as well as the wannabe do-gooder fashionistas with their designer cloth bags because they think i'm just another earth-hater, but aren't i doing basically the same thing as they are? not too mention that when they're overused and falling apart i burn them in my fireplace to create some extra heat.
after that exhaustive explanation of what i'm currently doing (and hopefully you're still reading), i'd like to get to the point. i'd like to go ahead and win the bag if at all possible, because then i could use it to carry my plastic bags around and at least look like i'm doing my part, because you never know what a rabid female tree-hugging conservationist doing her part to save the world is going to do to me if she thinks that i'm destroying the planet. i know that i'd like to have children some day.

thank you for your consideration.

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Anawn E. Muss

"To enter the drawing, just leave a comment explaining why you still don't have a reusable grocery bag!"
- quote from last paragraph of post, italics mine

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Le

I killed mine and have yet to find a stylish replacement. This would certainly meet my needs.

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Samira

I do shopping once a month for most groceries. Cheap & flimsy are not frugal. Have an eye out for sturdy reusable bags like the ones offered on this blog. Thanks.

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mes

I have some but I need more. Cashiers always choose to put the heaviest items in my flimsiest bags - so I need more sturdy ones.

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Diane

I guess because I've been a bad girl~! Also, I like doing self checkout, but the bags would tip the scales and cause a problem. Now our Wal-Mart has removed the self checkouts again, so I guess I should get a couple.

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Karen

I do recycle and try to reduce & re-use as much as possible; however, using the re-usable bags is my downfall. I've gotten some re-usuable bags with advertising that I don't want to promote but these JP bags look great while doing the 'right' stuff! Plus, I like the 'monkey' name included in the bags! Thanks.

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kathryn martorina

just too lazy/cheap to purchase one.

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Annie

I have reusable bags, but my mom refuses! If I gave her one of these cute ones, she'd use it for sure.

She's stubborn, but I'm convinced these would do the trick.

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Kate

I simply haven't been able to convince myself to spend the money on them.

Thanks for the great offer!

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Amber

Oh I have one. I have several. But my boyfriend (God bless him) keeps stealing them and taking them to work and then they are not around when I need to go to the store!

I need a girly-looking one he'll be too embarrassed to take to work that can stay in my house or car and be there when I need them!

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Danielle

I have a few, but they are not very sturdy, nor are they stylish. Now these bags looks sturdy AND stylish! I would love to have one :)

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Jamie

I use the store plastic bags for trash cans throughout the house and paper bags for recycling paper products each week. If I use a reusable bag, will I have to buy plastic trash can liners and paper bags (can you even buy a paper bag???). But they look really well made, so I want one!

Jamie

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Jeff C.

There is no reason why I should have to pay for them. I lived in another country where you had to pay for the normal plastic bags. The grocery stores will adjust to whatever the population wants. If we want to go toward reusable bags, we all have to be willing to accept what will happen if we do.

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Anshu

I have reusable grocery bags which I use religiously, but they are not as pretty as these. Would like to get one, just to shop in style :)

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Staci

I don't have any that are this cute. I'm definitely going to buy one of these.

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JulieS

I DO have a reusable bag already, but it is boring and homely. I would love a fashionable bag that would make me feel a little sexier while being economical and environmental :)

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The biggest reason is that the plastic bags are free, and we use them as wastebasket liners.

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Count me among those who have some reusable bags, but sometimes not enough for big shopping runs. And certainly nothing remotely so stylish. Can I have a chance in the drawing, please?

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Joyce

I used to have one-- I bought it from Countrymart (only $2 or $3, why is everyone citing cost?) and it performed loyally but, alas, all too briefly, as the strain of carrying a six pack of JW Dundee Honey Wheat Beer and a few tomatoes was just too much for it, and one of the straps broke. Now I have to carry my beer in the open for all the world to see!

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Marlana

I think it would be nice to have a reusable bag but how do you remember to bring them with you? Cute bags!

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Crystal

I don't have a reusable bag because I've learned how to do furoshiki! It's like origami, but you fold fabric into various bags. I try to incorporate a scarf or fabric belt into my daily wardrobe so I can just pull it off & utilize it. I know I look like some sort of weird gypsy, but whatever!

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hofken

I still don't have a reusable grocery bag because none have looked this stylish!

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Fianna

I have 2 dogs and 2 cats. Cleaning up after them requires plastic bags. That being said, I have a ton of bags saved up. I could probably go a few years without needing any more....

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Guest

The standard ones do not look durable enough, and the durable ones are expensive.

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Shanny

With every last penny of mine going towards paying off debt, I have pulled myself out of the habit of buying things in bulk or spending money on things that can save money, or heath or the environment long-term.

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Joy Smith

I generally re-use the wal-mart bags after we bring them home from the store for kitty litter and trash bags. I thought I really was going green this way. Guess I don't know as much as I thought I did!

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lynne

I don't have reusable bags because of the expense.
I just find out so many people is now using the reusable bags to shopping, it make sense, so I'd like to go GREEN too. thanks,

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Cat804

I don't have one because it costs money and I don't have an excess of that right now. Working on it though...

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Jamillah

I have recyclable bags but they are for on grocery store(.99 for each) and I get .5 cent per bag off of my bill. These look so fancy and durable. I like these for mall shopping! I hope it will be coming home with me. I enjoy your blog!

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Jan Brown

The reason I don't have a reusable grocery bag is because of the cost of the bags. I keep telling myself I can just make one, but good strong material is rather expensive and I just don't get time while working 2 jobs and helping with 6 grandchildren.

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Jane

I simply haven't been able to justify the cost. I do use paper bags and then re-use them for crafts or recycle them.

I also don't like the store-brand bags with the logo on them. Why should I have to advertise for you? "Oooh, look, they got that bag at the greenest store ever! Let's all shop there!" I'd rather have pretty non-store-related ones.

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Guest

I have a couple of reusable bags, but were given to me by my company. For privacy purposes, I prefer not to use them because the company's name is splashed across them. I never bought some other ones because I felt guilty buying ones when I already had a couple sitting at home. As a result, I've never been able to use my bags.

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NRM

I had a reusable bag that I'd gotten at a fair, but it was somewhat flimsy and has finally given up the ghost and torn. I'd love to find a new one somewhere because I hate plastic bags and groceries get packed so much better when they're in a well constructed bag. I sometimes ask for paper, and then use these to collect paper for recycling, but it's not the best solution.

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Susan

I have no good excuse for not having purchased any reusable bags - except they cost money for the good ones and I am focusing on snowballing my debt. Plus, not all reusable bags are created equal - some are really flimsy and unstructured. Please choose me!!!!

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Brenda

I do not have a reusable grocery bag because I keep missing out on the giveaways and I am just frugal enough to hold out for a free one. Hope this is it!

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Judy

I do have bags, quite a few. But not one anywhere near this cute.

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Shelly T.

Honestly, I just have not taken the time to purchase one. It seems the inexpensive reusable bags that most major stores carry are canvas, bulky and don't fold up to fit into my purse. The ones that fold up small and fit in a purse I would have to order and pay shipping costs. Hence my not making a purchase yet.

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Amy

I simply can't decide which brand or design I like best there are so many cool choices out there!

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Brenda H. Turner

The cost is usually my first consideration. These are such cute bags!

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Carolyn G

I had a few bags and then my sister came and took them because she is totally an environmentalist. I have been meaning to buy a new one everytime I go to the grocery but haven't.

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Jessica

I don't have the reusable bags, because all the bags I've seen for sale have a specific store's logo on them. I don't want to run into Safeway to pick something up with a Wal-Mart bag! Plus, the store bags are so UGLY.

These bags are gorgeous! I'm crossing my fingers now... me want!

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gailb

I would be very honored to have one of these pretty bags. I really need a new bag and use the old one that has been washed and washed for my recycling. Thank you for this opportunity.

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Jen

I don't use them because I always forget to take them to the store with me!

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Paige

I don't have a reusable bag yet b/c I can't bring myself to pay for one. Right now when I go to Aldi I just load the groceries in the back of my suv and when I get home I get our laundry basket to put the groceries in and bring inside. :-) It works, but I would much rather have some reusable bags.

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BethD

Some reusable bags are too small or too flimsy. I'd need a few of them and I would make myself keep them in my car so they'd always be there ready for use.

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denise

I stay so busy with working two jobs, being in the National Guard and my husband is currently deployed, I just havent had time to pick one up. They would be very handy!

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Lisa

I am too cheap to buy reusable bags. I do have canvas bags that came from conferences, etc. Their bulky, but free. Nice stylish bags would be great, though. And I'd probably remember them more often, too.

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Riptide

If the reusable bags cost more than the free ones at the store, I can see why more people aren't going green.

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I thought I submitted an entry, but I don't see it. I have one I can reuse. The ones readily available are store branded and I won't pay for a cheaply made store branded bag. Others are more than I am able to pay for now.

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Amber

I haven't bought a reusable bag from the store because they are so ugly; and they don't look sturdy. Most of the bags sold in stores look like they are made from plastic. What's the point in buying a poorly made "reusable" plastic bag that won't last any longer then a paper sack.
I would even be willing to take the JP bag to the mall when I shop.

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Trish

The grocery store where I shop offers bags for sale that are inexpensive, but for some unfathomable reason they're impractically small. I've looked online for bags, but everything I've found would cost me what I'd pay for a week's worth of groceries for a single bag.

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KelR1

Because, honestly, I take paper and plastic and ALWAYS re-use them. Especially the plastic bags for dog poos. But I would love to start using a reusable grocery bag!

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Kim F

I don't have a reusable bag because they are very expensive.

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OLDCHIX

I only have a reusable from Old Navy that I carry to the mall or places that don't need a large bag. The grocery store bags tend to be way too small. I like the JP Monkey bag because it is large and it is so sharp looking. They are so nice. Sure would like to have one! :) Thanks, Oldchix

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Kristy Browning

I haven't won a reusable bag or I'd use it each time!

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Lauren S

Although I completely agree with the environment-friendly nature of using reusable shopping bags, I haven't found any that are small enough to fit "many of them" in my purse!

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Peggy

Heh, I've been a plastic bagger for years but my trendy, hip coworkers have started giving me evil looks. So this should help me meet their good graces!
*seriously* I need a tote. The asian grocery is a 10 minute walk from my house and it kills me to have to drive to/from.

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Leah

I'm incredibly tired of having dozens of plastic bags but just haven't gotten around to buying a reusable yet.

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Brianna

Well, I don't know why I don't have a bag yet. Actually, I did sign up for a free sample online, but for one, I have to go to the store to get it, and it expired in a month. And I live an hour and 40 minutes from that store, and haven't headed that way for awhile. So I am slow...but would love one!

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Rhonda

I came across your site while teaching myself how to save money for the household budget. I cannot bring myself to buy a bag. I LOVE these bags... way cooler than anything I've seen in Southern GA. I could start a trend...

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Lance

Boy! Was I surprised to see the price of those re-usable bags. Down here in Australia our supermarket chains sell reusable bags for 99 cents. Read about Woolworths effort here:
http://www.woolworths.com.au/AboutUs/OurCommitments/TheEnvironment/alter...
Mind you, we only have two major chains - Woolworths and Coles - with Aldi running (for now) a distant third, and Costco about to open their first store. The shelf prices of the two "majors" are way above those in the US, so I guess they can afford to sell us the bags for 99 cents .

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I would love a reusable bag, but the ones that I like aesthetically are so expensive--especially since I'd be depriving myself of plastic bags to use as trash liners.

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Annmarie W.

I HAD a reuseable bag. But I stupidly closed my car door on it & didn't realize it. It was sort of a cheap-o one and ended up tearing! And I had only used it one time, after thinking that it was definitely time to use reuseable bags. I'd love to win one of these chic ones!