Quick Tip: A Simple Solution for Plastic Grocery Store Bags

I learned this little trick in the 7th grade from Mrs. Riley, the headmistress at our school, and it’s one I still use today.

We use reusable shopping bags when we remember them, and we take a lot of the plastic bags back to Wal-Mart to be recycled, but we also like to keep some of them around:

:: In the diaper bag for dirty diapers, trash or accidents
:: In the kitchen for scraps or as quick carry-alls
:: In the picnic basket for dirty dishes and trash
:: In the car for trash or miscellaneous items that need to be brought in

1. Start by holding the plastic bag in one hand and the handles with your other hand.
2. Holding the handles tightly, slide your other hand down the bag, squeezing out all of the air.
3. With the end of the bag in the palm of your hand, begin wrapping it around two of your fingers.
4. As you wrap the bag, the handle will twist in your hand.
5. When you get to the end, you should have a small loop left in the handle.
6. Take the loop and slip it over the rest of the bag to secure it in place.

Quick and easy (once you get the hang of it!), and they take up so little space this way!

How do you use extra grocery bags?