Extreme Disappointment!

Today I called up the local grocery store, The only one with a bulk section anyways, to ask if they could tare jars so I can buy in bulk waste free. It was slightly heartbreaking that they did not! Apparently they don’t have a tare option on their tills so unless I want to pay for the weight of the jar as well I am out of luck!

Does any one have a solution for something light weight that I could make or buy? I’m thinking about just keeping a couple of the bags and reusing them until they fall apart.

Thoughts?

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5 thoughts on “Extreme Disappointment!

  1. For some items, meshbags or cotton bags would work and the weight of them is not much. Only use those for items that are not pricy / lbs though. I use mine for pasta, grains, beans, lentils, even cookies.

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  2. I am a regular at bringing my jars to the store (I live in CA), but I stopped at a Whole Foods in Texas on a road trip this summer and excitedly filled my jars, assuming that because it was a Whole Foods they’d know what to do. But like your situation their scales were not equipped. The checker was very understanding and allowed me to calculate the weight and price of the bulk goods using the calculator on my phone (by subtracting the weight of the jar from the total weight then multiplying that by the price per pound, also on my phone!). If you could figure out the weight of your jar elsewhere maybe they would allow this strategy?

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  3. I have the same problem. Our local grocer has a scale with the tare option, but the staff either doesn’t know what it means, or just can’t give a damn to help.

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  4. I have the same problem. Our local grocer has a scale with the tare option, but the staff either doesn’t know what it means, or just can’t give a damn to help.

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  5. Hi! There are quite a few places that sell cotton bags online – try Life Without Plastic, Tiny Yellow Bungalow and Onya Bags depending on where you live. You could reuse a plastic bag for them to weigh it in, tip it in to your jar then place their sticker on your jar? Depending on how tippable the product is you are buying – tipping flour and teeny grains about could be messy! Good Luck!

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