My Precious Pennies

I will be AWAY until late February as we do this moving thing...again.

Ginger from Attention Target Shoppers & Tricia from 1stopmom
will be holding down the fort in the meantime - thank you so much, ladies!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday: produce bags!

UPDATE: I thought I'd just take a second to respond to some of the comments. I could use a glass or tupperware container, but that would require that I wash it after I'm done with it, and I confess - I'm lazy. Besides, I already have these bags from the store anyway. I'm not a fan of the stray cucumber rolling around in my cart. And as far as making sure the bag is secured before I take it anywhere...I just double-knot it and shove it in the fridge. When it's done, I can just cut open the bag. Another plus side of using something that is trash-bound anyway. It's not the baby or anyone else that I'm worried's ME. I'm not cut out to be in the kitchen, really =P.

Before I get started, I just wanted to extend a huge "thanks" to all of you that commented with suggestions for my Christmas dilemma last week. What we have decided to do is to post a Christmas suggestion list for the baby over at our private family blog, and then spread the word via grandparents what we would like and possible ways of getting it to us.

We've also just come to accept the fact that as the first grandchild, the little princess will be spoiled absolutely rotten. As I am typing this, another package is making its way through the mail system to her, because her grandma couldn't resist getting her another shirt. And there's nothing wrong with that - it's great that grandma loves her little muffin to pieces. At a certain point, you've just got to sit back, smile, and count your blessings.

Anyway, onwards to this week's Works For Me Wednesday! What really works for me is reusing produce bags. Here is an example of what I mean:

I'm not a photographer for a very good reason. But then again, my subject wasn't exactly all that either. It's just 4 chicken thighs marinating for dinner...but instead of using a ziploc baggie, I decided to reuse some produce bags.

I'm not so frugal that I refuse to buy ziploc bags, but I just think it's a complete waste to use a bag for a mere 2 hours and then throw it out when something else can readily serve its purpose. Besides, those ziploc baggies are expensive! So my marinating chicken won't look as great in my one really cares.

I've been finding new uses for those produce bags - they're especially great for my diaper bag. I'll grab a few extras from the freezer section (those are thicker and higher quality), and then I put them in my diaper bag for dirty clothes. When I get back, I can just toss out the bag. I also use some of the old produce bags for dirty diapers.

Am I out to replace ziploc bags with produce bags in my house? You can bet your bottom dollar NOT. I won't be putting cereal in old produce bags anytime soon, nor will I be putting my sandwiches in them. But for jobs like holding clothing or marinating chicken...I just don't see why not.


The Apron Queen said...

Now why didn't I think of that! :) Thanks.

Confessions of an Apron Queen

Rebecca said...

Okay, as a vegetarian I have never marinated a chicken, but your post had me wondering: is there a reason you can't marinate something in a glass or tupperware container? Then you wouldn't need to buy Ziploc bags OR reuse grocery bags from the store.

I try not to use too many produce bags, but if they are dry I do reuse them. I should really phase them out entirely.

You may be interested in joining us over at the Green Baby Guide for Thrifty Green Thursday. It starts tomorrow evening!

Danielle said...

I love the idea of reusing produce bags. Just a word of caution when marinating the chicken, especially as your little one grows, be sure to tie the bag tight or securely clip it (I love Twixit Clips) so that if the bag gets moved it does not spill everywhere. This is spoken from experience and I have learned to never put anything in the fridge that is open in any way, at least until my kids reach an older age.

ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com

Custom Blog Design: Blogger Boutique