How to avoid paying 5p for a plastic bag

As of 5 October all supermarket plastic bags will cost 5p, even though small ones you get from M&S. Now what’s 5p between friends? Well actually quiet a lot when you think about how that amount mounts up over the year.

There are exceptions, like smaller retailers don’t have to charge, and bags that you get fish or medicine in should be free!

So what is a poor shopper to do to avoid the charge:

Invest in a bag for life

I’ve had my Tesco hessian bags and Tchibo bags for years – they are such good quality. My Sainsburys bags have ripped at the seams, so do check the quality of any bag you buy.


Carry plastic bags with you

I take one with me in my handbag, and always have lots in the boot of your car. The big problem is that once you use the bag, you forget to put it bag in your bag. As you check for keys when you leave the house, maybe check for a bag.


Get a bag bank

These handy items basically store your bags. Put one near your shoes or coats, so that you can easily grab a bag.

Look our for freebie bags

At shows and other events, companies are always handed out goody bags, so remember to take one.

Here’s all the legislation – it’s actually fascinating reading:

2 Comments on this post

  • Emma @ From Aldi To Harrods

    October 6, 2015 at 6:39 pm
    This is a great informative post. I can understand it will take people time to adjust to this new measure, but I’m sure in the long run it will benefit the country and help the environment. Countries like Wales have been doing this for a number of years and it is now second nature to them. Plus, for the fashion conscious there are some great alternatives to plastic bags.
    • Mrs Bargain Hunter

      October 7, 2015 at 9:35 am
      Thanks Emma. There has been such a lot of "news" around this legislation. I try to use bags for life all the time, but do often forget...guess we are all just going to have to try a little harder.

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