Earth Day: A Dozen Ways Going Green Will Save You Some Green

1. Savings are in the bag

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Dozens of cities and municipalities have banned or imposed charges on single-use plastic bags and/or paper sacks at grocery stores and other retailers. As that trend continues — lightening the load for landfills — more consumers are finding it makes good economic sense to bring their reusables. Dallas put in place one of the most recent bag laws, and as of Jan. 1, stores in the Texas city are required to charge 5 cents per single-use bag.

Nationwide, Target and other retailers offer customers a nickel or other discounts for each reusable bag they use. If you paid $20 for a typical 10-pack of reusable bags, instead of paying a quarter a bag at checkout for typically eight paper bags for a weekly shopping trip, you’d break even in 10 weeks.

The tough part, if you’re not used to using reusable bags already, is remembering to take them into the supermarket when you shop. But if you can do that, you can save a bit and feel good about yourself, too.

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