An Earth Day giveaway.

Earth - Illustration © by DonkeyHotey

An easy way to reduce your carbon footprint is to bring your own shopping bags. Let me make it easier still.

Here’s what the winner will receive:

Cold-food bag. This quilted bag is lined with what I think is Mylar and has a zippered top. Put the frozen veggies or ice cream in there and drive home as fast as legally permitted. It has a Dove logo — the ice cream, not the toiletries.

Oversize vinyl bag. Its logo reads “Carry home the better eggs” and has a picture of a couple of cackleberries. This Eggland’s Best bag is apparently made from 100% recycled materials — appropriate for the day.

Pew Charitable Trust bag. This bag promotes SaveAntibiotics.org, an organization looking to phase out the overuse of drugs in animal husbandry. Use it to carry home your meats.

Redplum.com bag. This one is shaped more like a small beach tote. I could see this as a gym bag.

Two foldable bags. One is about the size of a wallet and the other about the size of a playing card. Keep one (or both) in your purse, backpack or briefcase so you never have to realize, “D’oh! I forgot the bags again!” at the checkout counter.

Best-case scenario: Your store gives a 5-cent rebate every time you bring your own bag. I suggest you put those nickels in a jar. After six months, count them and congratulate yourself on being frugal. Or spend the accumulated cash on some ice cream to put in the Dove bag.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is 9 p.m. PST Tuesday, April 24. If I don’t hear back from the winner by Thursday morning, April 26, then I’ll have the random number generator pull another name.

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  1. Susan R

    Who couldn’t use another reusable bag?

  2. I can always use more bags

  3. I subscribe via RSS

  4. I like you on facebook

  5. I keep my reusable bags in my truck, for handy use.

  6. Facebook too.

  7. Casey Brooks

    I defintely needed more bags

  8. Casey Brooks

    I already follow you on RSS

  9. Casey Brooks

    I liked you on facebooks

  10. Susan C

    I would love to win these. I never seem to have enough reusable bags.

  11. I absolutely love reusable bags!

  12. I follow you via email.

  13. maureen g.

    can never have enough reusable bags!!!!

  14. I actually can’t hand carry regular plastic bags anymore Because of my hands so I need an abundance of totes when I do a big grocery shop. These would be awfully useful.

  15. As usual, a Twitter follower 🙂

  16. And an RSS subscriber.

  17. maryegankirk

    would love to have these bags ~~ always, always, always find I am without my reuseables when I stop on the fly to pick up that one thing I’ve forgotten! thanks!

  18. Marcia Carli

    I have two insulated bags and I use them all of the time! They are fantastic for running errands especially if you are carless.

  19. Elizabeth

    Would especially love the wallet-sized foldable bag and the insulated bag. I’m too cheap to buy one and haven’t scored a free one anywhere yet, and with summer coming, this would be perfect, as I walk to get groceries!

  20. Elizabeth

    I subscribe via email.

  21. Sign me up!

  22. RSS subscriber

  23. One can never have enough reusable bags!

  24. We can always use more reusable bags.

  25. Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti

    I really don’t have enough bags, and I have NO cold food bags!

  26. fernanda

    i would love to win. thanks

  27. Great offer – thanks for promoting ‘earth day’ in this way!

  28. Christine

    Would love to have these great bags!

  29. I have to enter this one, even though I never win, I have a serious addiction to reusable bags.

  30. Melinda

    I always chuckle at reminders of childhood – my grandparents always had reusable bags – for laundry, grocery shopping, everything. They got weird looks from strangers.

    Who knew they were ahead of the curve? Thanks for an awesome-as-usual giveaway!

  31. Melinda

    I’m a subscriber!

  32. Cynthia

    Love to have the foldable bags!

  33. Michelle Barbarotta

    I love reusable bags! I was using them for years and some are wearing out.

  34. Holly Samlan

    One of my bags ‘disappeared’ from my cart at Target. My library book tote died. Target ‘ran out’ of their 4/22 bag give away in 15 minutes. Same for Joanne. (Wondering how many they started with??)

    I need more bags.

  35. average guy

    me too

  36. Brigitte

    You can never have too many reusable bags… or too much ice cream:)

  37. I’m an email subscriber.

  38. lostAnnfound

    Very appropriate giveaway and something I would use every day. Thanks for the contest!

  39. lostAnnfound

    I follow you via RSS and at GRS

  40. Groundy

    I subscribe through email!

  41. JessPatenaude

    I recently got my fiance to start using reusable shopping bags!

  42. Would love to win these! I have 1 insulated bag that I use all of the time!!!

  43. Ro in San Diego

    I would love to win these bags. I follow you via email a and Facebook.

  44. Ro in San Diego

    I would love to win these bags. I follow you via email.

  45. Thanks for the chance to win

  46. email subscriber

  47. facebook fan

  48. sheila rogers

    We can always use more bags.

  49. Jeannette

    I’m a subscriber! thanks for all the great articles. And I Liked you on Facebook too…..I can always, always use more bags. Always appreciate your contests Donna.

  50. Jeannette

    Liked you on Facebook !! 🙂

  51. What a great giveaway!

  52. I subscribe in Google reader.

  53. I follow you on twitter.

  54. Tracy Stone

    Fun stuff! I think I should check out the SaveAntibiotics site.

  55. Tracy Stone

    I subscribe via e-mail.

  56. Tracy Stone

    Now following on Twitter!

  57. Sounds great! I need a cold food bag.

  58. These would certainly come in handy, for anyone, what a nice give away! Thank you!

  59. I read you in my email & look forward to your postings.

  60. What a great giveaway for Earth Day! If I win, I’m going to buy the ice cream with my nickels-but I don’t think I’ll tell the kids–the Dove is for me! (A few scoops of Unconditional Chocolate and I’m in Heaven!)

  61. Machele Clark

    I read your column religiously.

  62. Machele Clark

    Signed up to receive email.

  63. Machele Clark

    Signed up to follow on fb

  64. ImJuniperNow

    Hey! I’d love to “bag” myself these cool carriers!

  65. i follow you on facebook

  66. I could really use these bags!! I hope I win this week! Thanks Donna for giving away such great gifts.

  67. You give away the neatest stuff !!

  68. Follow you on FB too !!

  69. budgetgirl

    Love the site!

  70. I love reusable shopping bags! I am always collecting them and then giving gifts in them. My goal is to bring less and less of the plastic bags into the house!

  71. I saw this is my feed-reader of choice, Google Reader.

  72. …and then facebook reminded me to enter when I saw it there too.

  73. Love your blog.. and yay for recycling!

  74. Sorry to hear that you will be giving up this site, Donna. I have enjoyed your political commentary as much as I have appreciated your notes on frugality.

    • Donna Freedman

      @Jean: I’m not giving up the site. I’m just scaling back.
      Thanks for your kind comment.

  75. PLEASE pick me!

  76. Wendy Clarke

    I receive e-mail updates, which I love!!

  77. Wendy Clarke

    I also follow you on Facebook. Love reusable bags! Love Target and Price Chopper for giving me money back for using reusable bags!

  78. Darlene

    I am a firm believer in bring your own bag…however, to say that I always remembered said bags would be a BOLDFACE lie. So, what’s the answer here? Keep a bag or two in both vehicles? Anyone?

    • Donna Freedman

      @Darlene: Keep a couple of bags in the car, definitely. If you use coupons, keep the folder inside your bag of reusable bags. Hang a bag or two on the same hanger as your coat (this works better in fall and winter, obviously). Keep a folding bag in your purse, backpack or briefcase.

  79. I’d love to win!

  80. Suzanne

    You know me I’d comment even if there wasnt a giveaway but I sure would like to win someday 🙂

  81. Suzanne

    Oh yeah, count me in on this one!

  82. Reusable bags are always a good thing to have!

  83. Have used reusable bags for along time and give them away as gifts – thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  84. Cool giveaway! I’m not entering, but just wanted to say “bravo” for suggesting that people bring their own shopping bags. Think about how much material and money we’d all save by reusing!

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