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Go Green with Kroger Giveaway: $25 Gift Cards

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 16, 2009 · 301 comments

Win a $25 Kroger Gift CardLooking for another green freebie? Well, look no further. Kroger wants to give you a reusable shopping bag just for entering their reusable shopping bag contest. All you have to do is design your own reusable shopping tote, and they'll credit your Kroger card for the cost of one of their bags.

Even better? When you submit your design, others will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite design. Great prizes will be awarded to the top 10 bag designs, with one lucky designer winning a $1,000 Kroger gift card and the chance for their bag design to be sold in stores. Judges will also select four finalists who will receive $250 Kroger gift cards and five runners-up who will receive $100 Kroger gift cards!

How's that for an incentive to go green? And yes, that's my not-so-creative bag pictured above.

Need another incentive?

Kroger has generously given me two $25 gift cards to pass on to two lucky winners to help draw attention to their green efforts. I hope you'll all take a minute to create a bag and submit your design!

How can you win?

Share your biggest barrier to using reusable shopping totes. Is it hard to remember them? Do you have difficulties bagging your items? Would a small credit for using them be an incentive? Can you think of any ways to solve the issue? I'm just interested in your thoughts on the whole issue.


Every reader has three methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, or three for up to a total of 3 entries!!!

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. Tell me what your biggest barrier to using reusable shopping totes.

2. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

3. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

(2) $25 Kroger Gift Cards

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, April 18th. I’ll use to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email on Sunday, April 19th and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!


1 amy m campbell April 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm

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2 Celia April 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm

I guess the biggest problem we have is remembering to take the bags with us. We deal with this most of the time by putting the bags in one of the storage pockets in the van right after we put away the groceries. But sometimes when we buy frozen or refrigerated foods, the bags are damp and need to be hung in some out of the way spot to dry. And very often we don't think of them again until we are standing in line at the store.

3 Celia April 16, 2009 at 11:33 pm

I subscribe by email.

4 amy m campbell April 16, 2009 at 11:36 pm

ummm . . don't think that last comment actually linked to my blog. it's http:/

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5 lanelle busch April 17, 2009 at 12:53 am

My biggest problem is remembering to take them to the store. Once I unpack my groceries it seems impossible to remember to put them back in the car. I've found that having extras so I can have them in both the house and the car is helpful.

6 Noreen April 17, 2009 at 2:35 am

my husband keeps taking them out of the trunk when he cleans the car

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7 Jen April 17, 2009 at 3:55 am

Kroger actually creates a barrier at their U-scans. Since you are not allowed to place any items in the baggage area without scanning them first, I cannot use my bags unless I want my U-scan to freeze & not let me proceed with my order. Now that I'm thinking about it, maybe if I put my bags there before I touch the start button? I'll try that next time.

8 Amanda April 17, 2009 at 6:10 am

Our biggest problem is definitely remembering the bags. We usually try to keep a few in the car at all times. An incentive from the stores would be great. I've heard Kroger offers 5 cents off a bag in some areas but my Kroger doesn't have that program unfortunately.

Thanks for the giveaway.

9 Amanda April 17, 2009 at 6:10 am

I subscribe via email. Thanks!

10 Jessica April 17, 2009 at 7:38 am

I subscribe via email! Fingers Crossed!

11 Jo Schwartz April 17, 2009 at 7:55 am

I'm already receiving your newsletter and enjoying it immensely. Thanks!

12 Jo Schwartz April 17, 2009 at 7:58 am

There are seven reusable bags in my trunk. The obstacle to using them is my bad memory. I never think of them until I am unloading my cart items onto the checkout belt. I really have to do better, I know.

13 Cindi April 17, 2009 at 10:09 am

The biggest problem I have with using my reusable shopping bags is I have been using them as "catch all" bags and I might have magazines or books or my gym clothes or my piano books, etc. I just tend to grab them when I am on the go! I just don't think to grab them when I walk into the grocery.

14 Jodi T April 17, 2009 at 10:43 am

I forget to bring them to the store with me and don't remember until I'm walking up to the checkout and see them hanging there!

15 Saray April 17, 2009 at 10:44 am

I never remember my bags! I think if I started the habit of putting them in a special place in the van, I could do it. But a credit for using them could help too...... ;-)

I already designed a bag yesterday--very fun! And I subscribe to your blog---love it! Keep up the good work!

16 Jodi T April 17, 2009 at 10:44 am

I subscribe...this is one of my favorite sites EVER!

17 Sarah April 17, 2009 at 10:46 am

I always forget to bring my bags with me. I think if I got in the habit of keeping them in a certain place in the van, it would help. And a small credit for using them would probably help me too...... ;-)

I designed a bag yesterday--very fun! (Vote for mine---Sarah from Lakewood!) And I subscribe to your blog--love it! Keep up the good work.

18 Sarah April 17, 2009 at 10:47 am

Not sure why my comment went twice....with a different name. :-)

19 Amanda April 17, 2009 at 10:50 am

I honestly have a hard time remembering them!!

20 Kris April 17, 2009 at 11:21 am

I am with everyone else that I forget to put my bags back in the car.
HOWEVER, my biggest obstacle to using these bags is the lack of logic that happens when my purchases are bagged in the bags. I always bring in some larger reusable bags that are perfect for cereal boxes, etc. but the baggers always seem to put 6 cans and then my bananas and bread. So, they use some plastic bags after they run out of room, my groceries are more difficult to carry, and my bananas and bread get smashed. I never need plastic bags but somehow always end up with some. GRRRRR!
How do we change the rate of use? STOP PROVIDING PLASTIC BAGS! Stores should provide a
limited number of bags that consumers have to pay for. Or, do away with the plastic bags completely. Maybe Americans will decrease their footprint on the planet if we take a page from the rest of the world...bye-bye produce bags, bye-bye free grocery bags. Hey, the chains could save money, too.

21 Rhonda Ensey April 17, 2009 at 11:33 am

Remembering the dang bags..... good to know I'm in good company when I remember them at check out time.

22 Rhonda Ensey April 17, 2009 at 11:34 am

I subscribe via email.

23 Stacie April 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I can't ever seem to remember to take the bags with me into the store!

24 Risa Gutierrez April 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I just posted a link on my website.!

25 Risa Gutierrez April 17, 2009 at 2:00 pm

My biggest problem with reusable bags is that I never can remember to bring them to the store with me.

26 Kate April 17, 2009 at 5:13 pm

My biggest barrier to using reusable shopping totes is that I already have my hands full with my 2 toddlers when getting into a store!

27 Jessica April 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I don't have a barrier anymore...I carry them all in my bag with my coupon book so I have them with me. What made me start was my grocery store gives me .05 credit for each bag I use. It's hard to remember to use them at Target or Walmart, though, since they just automatically slide things into a bag.

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28 Jessica April 17, 2009 at 5:46 pm

You are on my blogroll!

29 Jessica April 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

I'm a subscriber!

30 Michelle April 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I usually forget to bring my 5 to the store with me. But what I have remembered to do is fold 4 of them up and place them inside one, along with my coupons, shopping list, and sales flyer. It is a personal reminder for me then when I go shopping.

31 Nancy April 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm

My biggest barrier to using fabric bags is to have them with me in the car! So I have numerous bags from various stores and even farmer's markets we have visited! When I unload the bags after a shopping trip, I place them near the front door of our house. Then, the next time I go out to the car, I put them in the back seat. In that way, I always have numerous fabric bags with me - I probably have about 10 bags in all! One of my favorite grocery stores gives us bonus incentive points for each fabric bag we use on a shopping trip. Points can be redeemed for free products or gift cards. When I use them at other stores, I just feel good about helping the environment!

32 Nancy April 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I'm also a subscriber - thanks!

33 Karin April 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Honestly, I just don't think to do it....

34 Julie April 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm

My biggest barrier is when my hubby goes shopping for me. He usually forgets the reusable shopping bags!

35 Nina April 17, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I love reusable bags and I take them with me everywhere. I can't think of anything negative about them. They're very sturdy and easy to carry. I love that many stores give you a small credit for using them.

36 Nina April 17, 2009 at 8:11 pm

I'm a subscriber!

37 kristin April 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I have a great basket I keep in the car with my reusable bags, but my biggest barrier is remembering to bring them into the store! I agree with another shopper that they are impossible to use at the U-scan. Also agree that if Kroger offered an incentive (or a disincentive in terms of charging for the plastic ones) then I would be more likely to go back out to the car to get them!

38 Joy April 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I'm on oxygen so it's a bit cubersome with the oxgen tank and my purse plus the bags so I started putting my tank in the bag and away I go.

39 Kelly April 17, 2009 at 11:16 pm

My biggest barrier to using reusable shopping totes is that I use the plastic bags to pick up dog poo when we go on our walks.

40 Kelly April 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I am already a subscriber. Thank you!

41 Mindy Holt April 18, 2009 at 12:32 am

My biggest challenge really is just remembering to bring them in or to bring enough it. I even keep them in the Car but forget to grab them out. I am getting better though

42 Sarah Burris April 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm

It would be a lot better for me if I was offered an incentive. I use the plastic bags I get anyway, so unless they were going to give me a discount, I would be more likely not to carry in my own bags.

43 Brandie Valenzuela April 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm

I really love the idea of using the reusable bags - but I leave my at home ALL THE TIME. I just need to get better on that - I think one solution for me is that after I am done unloading my groceries to take them and put them with my coupon binders, which I carry in a tote bag of its own - I never forget those!

On another note, I would personally love it if stores even gave a .05 or .10 cent discount per reusable tote or bag. I think that would be cool.

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44 Brandie Valenzuela April 18, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I subscribed by email to your feed - thanks!!

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45 Sarah April 18, 2009 at 8:15 pm

I never have my reusable bags with me. Once they come into the house, they don't leave.

Another reason is that, I don't know how many bags to take with me to the store. I feel like I always need multiple bags, but I don't want to go into the store with a pile of reusable bags. I don't mind bringing in my bags to places like Aldi, because if I bring in a whole pile, its the norm.

I think I would be more motivated to bring the bags, if I got a coupon in exchange for the bag. Or, if there was a 5cent discount.

Or, if you got points for every time you used a reusable bag. Then after so many points, you could exchange them for an extra penny item, or for an extra 3cent off coupon for gas.

I am a subscriber. Thanks for setting up these drawings.

46 Ursula April 18, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I always forget the bags when I go to the store. I just need to keep some in the car that way I'll always have some.

47 Alicia April 18, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I think my biggest hinderance to using the reuseable bags is leaving them behind when I leave to the grocery store. I have one from Target that has a hard bottom and I absolutely love it because it folds up to the size of a CD case so it can be really portable!

48 Julie April 18, 2009 at 9:42 pm

I agree, remembering to take those along, they are in my car, but I forget every time! Also different stores have different bags, wouldn't it be nice if we could design our own and have those for every store instead of grabbing the wrong bag for the wrong store?

49 Alicia April 18, 2009 at 9:49 pm

I just subscribed to your feed.

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50 Rachel R April 18, 2009 at 11:40 pm

My biggest barrier is forgetting to bring them to the store. I have purchased several bags but I forget to take them with me.

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