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Friday, April 11, 2008

Going Green: Reusable Shopping Bags

Click here to design a reusable Kroger grocery bag (you'll need to register with

Once you've submitted your design, your Kroger Shopper Card will be loaded with a credit for a FREE reusable shopping bag - just add one to your pile of goodies the next time you're in the check out lane!

And, if you're really handy with graphics, your design might just be the winning bag! Contest winner will receive $500 and will see their bag in stores - not too shabby!

You can see my design here!

Thanks to Denise over at The "Cents"ible Sawyer for posting this freebie; be sure to click over and check out the rest of the fabulous freebies she found today! She's a peach!


Inspired by the idea of getting reusable shopping bags for FREE, I went a-hunting online.

If have a Wal-Mart nearby, mark your calendar for this upcoming Fabulous Freebie:

1 MILLION REUSABLE BAG GIVEAWAY, APRIL 19, 2008 (begins 8AM local time).

Click here for more info.

I also found many older links to municipalities and to other grocery chains that have held reusable bag giveaways in the past. I urge you to ask your local grocery store if they host giveaways for reusable bags and if they offer any discounts to shoppers who use reusable bags.

You should also contact your local government leaders about potential reusable bag giveaways; in many greener communities (think California), plastic grocery bags are being outlawed. As these laws go on the books, many communities host bag giveaways to jump start change.


If you know your way around a sewing machine, you might want to try making your own reusable shopping bags.

Visit Morsbag for easy instructions and a how-to animation.

Another example here at

And one more here at The Creative Thimble.

Make a bunch for yourself, your family, and your friends; if your creativity garners compliments, you could even consider starting up your own home business! You could offer to partner with a locally owned grocery store, or you could go live online with your own store on Etsy.

*Does anyone know of any other retailers hosting reusable grocery bag giveaways or offering discounts to shoppers who use them? Comment and share the knowledge!

FREE Summer Camp for Children of Deployed Military

Operation Purple Camp is a completely free summer camp program for children of deployed military parents.

Click here for more information.

From their website:

"The stories from those who attended Operation Purple summer camps offer a glimpse of the heavy emotional and psychological burden that falls on the sons and daughters of service members. The goal of these free summer camps is to bring together youth who are experiencing some stage of a deployment and the stress that goes along with it."

In 2007, camps were available at 34 locations in 26 states as an outreach by the National Military Family Association.

Please share this information with any military families you might know with children who would benefit from this program.

Chadwicks of Boston: $20/$60 and $30/$90

Chadwick's of Boston is a womens apparel catalog/webite that often runs good deals like this one that expires April 14, 2008:

Save $30 on your order of $90; or

Save $20 on your order of $60.

Use coupon code CHGCARD to get either offer with your online order.

You can reuse these codes on subsequent orders, too!

While the "front page" items in the Chadwick's catalogue can be a bit spendy for us new frugal moms, they do have a very large "Clearance" section online with price categories starting as low as $6.99 or less.

You can usually find a wide range of items in those lower price points, which combined with this coupon code can yield a nice find of spring items for a very reasonable price.

Happy Savings!