Tuesday, April 5, 2016

TIGHTWAD TUESDAY - Free Garbage Bags!

There are lots of things that annoy me, but one of the things that annoys me the most in life, is buying something for the sole purpose of throwing it away! Yep, I am talking about trash bags. It just doesn't make sense.

I have pondered ways of solving this problem for a very long time, now. One way of course, is to drastically reduce the amount of trash that you generate. Personally, I think that that is the best way. We, ourselves, are striving every day to reduce the amount of trash that we generate, but, unfortunately, we do still have a little that we have to dispose of. That brings us back to needing to acquire trash bags to dispose of that trash.

About a year ago I discovered a way to get many of those trash bags for FREE!  How? I go to furniture stores and ask them for the plastic bags that are wrapped around the furniture cushions during shipping. When the furniture arrives (such as sofas and easy chairs) and is put out on the showroom floor, those bags that were wrapped around the cushions during shipping are then taken off and tossed out into the trash. When I discovered this I thought, "It just doesn't make sense for these plastic bags to be tossed out into the dumpster, empty, while I am purchasing empty plastic bags to put my trash into!"

So .... I stop into the nearest, local furniture store every chance I get and ask for the plastic bags that were wrapped around the furniture cushions during shipping. So far, they have always been glad to let me have them. Not only does using these bags save me money, but it also gives those bags one more purpose before they hit the landfill.

Have any of you ever used these bags for trash bags? Or for any other purpose, for that matter?
Have any of you ever found any other types of  "free" bags to use as trash bags and if so, what were they? I would love to know!

Thank you for stopping in and reading this post. Have a FANTASTIC day!


  1. We use our empty dog and cat food bags. I think the furniture bags are a great idea. We also burn trash, because there is no trash service or dump nearby. We also use our shopping bags.

    1. Thanks for stopping in and for your great suggestions, Teresa! No trash service here, either, so we do burn some, too. Can't right now, though, as it is too windy and dry. All kinds of fire warnings and alerts are out. I have used shopping bags, but I am trying to reduce how many of those I build up by taking my own shopping bags more often. That, and we usually use them up when we sell at the flea market, or drop them off to our friends there that need them. I seldom have extras of those on hand.
      I sometimes use the cat food, dog food and feed sacks, too, but I seem to keep finding other uses for them. A piece off of the paper feed sack makes a great fire starter for the wood cook stove. Right now the pet/feed sacks are getting opened up and used as shade cloths in this heat, until the trees leaf out. I have a friend that is making some kind of shopping bags out of the feed/pet sacks. I am anxious to see what those look like. It's great to repurpose it all.

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