Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Back in December I posted about how I no longer wanted to keep a trash can inside my house. A trash can in the kitchen is like an open invitation feeding station for critters. It was a post about my limited grocery budget of $20 a month.
When finances are limited then choices must be made to eliminate whatever purchase possible. One way I kept my purchases under control back then was to stop buying trash bags and instead use the abundance of store bags I get all the time.
You may wonder why I don’t use my cloth reusable grocery bags? Because the store clerks have no clue how to pack them. They put only one or two items in a bag the same way they do a plastic bag. Then they start using the plastic bags anyway because they’ve used all the cloth bags. I once took 10 large cloth bags and put them on the counter along with probably 30 grocery items. I left the store with all 10 cloth bags and 5 plastic bags used for my groceries. That’s the day I stopped taking cloth bags.
The store clerks here don’t care how many plastic bags they use. I often find several unused plastic bags bunched together down inside a bag with only one grocery item. Why? Well, its easy to hide the last few of a bundle that won’t stay on the bagging area hooks. No one will know about it except the person who unpacks their groceries. So I figured why not take advantage and get all the free trash bags I’ll ever need.
Sure, I could buy some really cheap trash bags at a dollar store but free is much better. I’ve gotten into the habit of taking all trash to the outside trash can every evening after dinner. If any critters are looking for a free midnight meal they’ll find it outside and not inside my house.
Back when I stopped buying trash bags I used a pot as a trash can to hold the store bags. Last shopping day I found something much better. It was only $5 at the Meijer store. I found it when I was wandering the housewares isles. I love it! Click the photo for a close up look.
It easily slips over a cabinet door or on a drawer right were I do all my food prep. I put it on the cabinet door under the sink until I’m ready to prepare food. Its like keeping a trash can under the sink but moving it when I prep a meal. At the end of the day the trash goes outside and the holder goes back under the sink with a clean bag. To me that’s no different than getting out a pot or a bowl to use in food prep then putting it away when I’ve finished using it. I was curious so I did an internet search and found several different types of these bag holders. Some are quite expensive. I like mine best because it holds the bag open.