Here in England from the 5th of October stores with over 250 full-time employees will have to start charging 5p for each single-use carrier bag, this charge applies to both in-store and online deliveries.
The Taxpayers Alliance have said that this charge will add £67 to the cost of living per household over the next 10 years.
If you are frugal like me you will not want to incur this extra cost so it’s time to get prepared and organised, I’ve acquired a few decent hessian/jute bags over the years but you can buy then inexpensively at stores like Home Bargains, B&M and in most supermarkets.
Here are some alternatives you could use to avoid paying for plastic bags.
- Cloth bags (you could make your own from old clothes if you’re crafty)
- Wicker baskets
- boxes (collapsible are great for storing in the car)
- Reuseable bags (hessian/jute)
- Ikea’s big blue bags (I love these)
- Small fabric shopping trolleys (lot more fashionable than they used to be)
- Small wheeled suitcase
- Prams (you might get a few odd looks but who cares ! )
I’m sure you like-minded frugal friends come up with many more ideas and I would love to hear them so leave me a comment below.