Yes, that’s me, washing a Ziploc bag. My peers and I laugh with each other at the things we do to save a penny. Well, we actually don’t to it to save a penny; we do it to save waste. We do it because we were raised with sayings such as: “Waste not, want not,” “A penny saved is a penny earned,” or who could forget “Eat your peas. Think of all the starving children in China.”
We squirm when we see “dieters” eat a third of a candy bar then toss the rest away, or a thirsty customer pay $1.69 for a Mountain Dew at the Walmart counter (24 oz?) when they just walked past the aisle where the 64 oz was $l.49! Or, heaven forbid, some pay $2.89 for a bag of cut lettuce when they could buy a head for $1.19 and cut up enough for five equal size bags. Of course, a couple of those bags might rot and be thrown out, but they would still save $4.59 for 15 minutes of work. 😀 (And you could just stuff yourself with lettuce instead of ice cream. Then, no waste and smaller waist.)
Now if we would pretend to be doing it for the sake of being “green,” we could be heroines in the sight of some. But the truth is that we don’t care much for that reason. Sorry, folks. I’m just being honest.
Those “green” folks would ridicule us just for doing it to save a few dollars per year. If I wash a gallon bag 15 times in a year, I would save $7.36 – $5.52 for a quart size. (See more here). That is, if I wash them in a dishwasher. I haven’t done that but I think I will now that I know. My dishwasher is seldom full when I wash dishes so I could do a few without extra cost. Maybe save a whole dishwasher full in a year! Now I wash and rinse then throw them in the freezer so they will remain clean until I use them again – if I remember they are there.
I was surprised at the fact that a Ziploc bag can be used sixteen time before the seams come apart. I googled that but I didn’t keep that link. I only use them a few times for keeping veggies, and I don’t reuse them when I have stored meat in them. I’ve been wasting them while bragging on myself for my frugality.
So my resolve today is to try out the dishwasher thing for washing Ziploc bags. If it works, I will even save those I have used for meat storage. I will number the bags and make a log so I can keep track of how many times for each bag and use them right up to number 15 – I’ll not take a chance on using them sixteen times. I don’t want one to break and spill all my grapes on the floor, or run icky blood in my meat tray! Okay, folks, I’m just joking about numbering them and keeping a log! 😀
“Green” folks, don’t you love me now! I’m still great on the “waste not, want not,” however. So don’t go throwing any of your peas down the drain. After all there are still starving children in China! Or, are there?