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    • Former MSE Helen
    • By Former MSE Helen 1st Oct 15, 5:39 PM
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    5p bag charge - your views
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    • 1st Oct 15, 5:39 PM
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    5p bag charge - your views 1st Oct 15 at 5:39 PM
    Hi everyone,

    From 5 October, supermarkets in England will charge 5p for carrier bags. So I wanted to know:

    1. What are your views on the charge? Is it good/bad/don't care - and why?
    2. And do you have any MoneySaving tips for getting around the fee?

    Thanks
    Last edited by Former MSE Helen; 02-10-2015 at 11:59 AM. Reason: (Typo)
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  • archived user
    They don't have bags big enough for a frozen turkey. I just asked for a bag so that I didn't have to put my turkey next to my salad and bread. I know that the turkey is in a plastic wrapping but it isn't air or water tight seal as when they defrost the blood and water can leak out. If they had offered me any bag of there choosing then that would have been fine
    Originally posted by paul2louise

    A couple of supermarkets had them - Sainsburys and another. You can reuse the bags but can't exchange then when fall.to bits as it was a free bag.

    I did a Christmas food ordering with Sainsburys and I got two food ordering bags. One of them, mum put all the turkey packaging etc and threw it straight into the bin
    • paul2louise
    • By paul2louise 27th Dec 16, 9:23 PM
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    A couple of supermarkets had them - Sainsburys and another. You can reuse the bags but can't exchange then when fall.to bits as it was a free bag.

    I did a Christmas food ordering with Sainsburys and I got two food ordering bags. One of them, mum put all the turkey packaging etc and threw it straight into the bin
    Originally posted by ScarletMarble
    Is that what they are called "food ordering bags". I might ask asda when I am next in shopping what there thoughts are. I will be shopping at another asda on Friday and might see what there policy is for this kind of thing
    • TheBanker
    • By TheBanker 27th Dec 16, 10:20 PM
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    I think you need to remember that even if the law permits them to give a bag without charging in certain circumstances, it does not require them to give a free bag. They are entitled to charge whatever they want for any kind of bag. If a supermarket wanted to charge 25 for the flimsy little bags the veg goes in, this would not be unlawful, although they may find they don't have many customers.
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    Is that what they are called "food ordering bags". I might ask asda when I am next in shopping what there thoughts are. I will be shopping at another asda on Friday and might see what there policy is for this kind of thing
    Originally posted by paul2louise
    They are the food ordering bags. The Sainsburys near me must had a surplus to give them to customers buying turkeys from the chiller

    I know from my regular two Sainsburys colleagues that talk to me both in my shop and theirs and a friend that works for a store 60-70 miles away said they had about two dozen lines sold out, compared with one or two last year. Perhaps it was these free food ordering bags that caused this. . Think about 40% more orders

    The food ordering bags this year were the same shade of orange as the 5p carrier bags with a white loop handle. With Food Ordering on the side. About a third wider than their stronger bags for life.
    • googler
    • By googler 28th Dec 16, 12:06 AM
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    I might ask asda when I am next in shopping what there thoughts are. I will be shopping at another asda on Friday and might see what there policy is for this kind of thing
    Originally posted by paul2louise
    You want to spend 10mins trying to establish this, all for the sake of 5p?

    You could employ a policy of 'Be Prepared' when you go shopping next ....
    • badgerhead
    • By badgerhead 18th Feb 17, 7:16 AM
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    When I think about all the plastic bags I used to use to remove my shopping from the trolley into my boot. Then to carry it from my driveway all of about 10 metres to my kitchen.
    The shops should make and issue just like bags for life, hard plastic (Recycled) containers that fit in the trolley. You could separate your items accordingly, easily transfer to/from car.

    You could even put in a one of them freezer block things you used to use on picnics to keep it cool.

    These boxes would then all fit in each other when not in use. That would cut down on a lot of bags.

    Not suggesting if you would use these if you go to Asda on the number 22 bus, walk or have a smart car
    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 18th Feb 17, 12:22 PM
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    People forget the days of Kwiksave where you had to pay for every bag. They gave out little bags for meat etc and you either liked it or lumped it or paid for another full size carrier bag.

    Now everyone demands that they get a full carrier for this and full carrier for that just to make themselves feel smug at trying to beat the system.
    • jon81uk
    • By jon81uk 20th Feb 17, 9:48 AM
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    When I think about all the plastic bags I used to use to remove my shopping from the trolley into my boot. Then to carry it from my driveway all of about 10 metres to my kitchen.
    The shops should make and issue just like bags for life, hard plastic (Recycled) containers that fit in the trolley. You could separate your items accordingly, easily transfer to/from car.

    You could even put in a one of them freezer block things you used to use on picnics to keep it cool.

    These boxes would then all fit in each other when not in use. That would cut down on a lot of bags.

    Not suggesting if you would use these if you go to Asda on the number 22 bus, walk or have a smart car
    Originally posted by badgerhead
    I use NotBox http://www.notbox.co.uk/trolly-pack.html

    Put them inside a large jute bag we got from Tesco to carry them round the store. Even better in a store with self-scan handsets as can pack direct into the boxes.

    Although I remember 20 years ago when Safeway had self-scan and had GreenBox boxes and special trolleys they fitted into.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 20th Feb 17, 10:52 AM
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    People forget the days of Kwiksave where you had to pay for every bag. They gave out little bags for meat etc and you either liked it or lumped it or paid for another full size carrier bag.

    Now everyone demands that they get a full carrier for this and full carrier for that just to make themselves feel smug at trying to beat the system.
    Originally posted by LeeUK
    I don't.

    I have a range of bags, some that fold up pretty small - 5" x 4" - and are reasonably strong and come in nice designs that I keep for clothes I buy and some 10p bag for life ones for general shopping.

    You can demand a carrier but in most shops you'll be charged for a single use bag so I can't see why that would make you feel smug.
    How is that 'beating the system'?

    If I had to pay 5p I'd feel like a mug, not smug.
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