How many times have you drove up to the supermarket parking lot and remembered that you “forgot” to bring your recycled shopping bags? The following is a list of “must pack” items that you should always keep in your trunk of your car before you leave your driveway.
1) Recycled Shopping Bags – great for supermarket shopping and clothing shopping as well. Refuse to take that GAP, OLD NAVY , ANN TAYLOR LOFT or other brand name shopping bag, instead use your own.
2) Empty and Cleaned Pyrex Storage Containers – bring these containers with you the next time you go to a restaurant and refuse to take the non-eco-friendly plastic doggie bag/container home. Instead, use your own container.
3) Filled Water Bottles – Stop making impulsive drink purchases by having a filled water bottle in your car before you start your trip. You will save money and the environment.
4) Clothing Hangers – Always have some clothing hangers ready in your car trunk so you can bring them to your dry cleaners and have your newly dry cleaned clothes hanging from your own hangers (don’t take those metal hangers with you).
5) Loose Change/Coins Container – Always have a loose change/coins container in your car and make sure you use them for small purchases. The average American loses over $50 a year in loose change by misplacement or dropping the change in transit to their destination.
6) Notepad/Pen – Use the notepad/pen to track purchases (e.g. gas and other small purchases). You can avoid printing unnecessary receipts and de clutter your car. The next time you are given an option, decline having a gasoline receipt and jolt down the amount you paid in your notepad instead.
7) Colored Pencils/Notepad – Have a set of colored pencils and notepad handy for each of your children stored in the car, encourage them to entertain themselves by drawing pictures or planning the next family trip. This enables you to avoid “throwaway” toys and impulsive purchases at supermarkets or grocery lines.
8) Extra change of clothes and jacket - For seasoned parents, this suggestion is a no-brainer. Kids make a mess and tend to get their clothes dirty so have a spare set of clothes for each child so you don't have to worry about impulsive clothing purchases if the weather suddenly changes on you.