We ran out of Olive oil, so I had a trip to PCC on my mind all week, the only place I know to refill out olive oil container. I brought a big box of mason jars and snack bags - and husband.
Husband refilled olive oil, which required some patience for a big jug. I refilled a small glass bottle of maple syrup which funnily had still a label matching exactly the brand, type and grade of the maple syrup on tap. I also filled a jar with honey.
Kids picked a granola and fig bars for snack. I filled up a reusable ziplock with semisweet chocolate chips, which I love as treats (so versatile). I also got some quick oats to refill our paper container at home.
I was very excited to find strawberries in paper packaging instead of the usual single use plastic container. I saw chocolate dipped strawberries at Fred Meyers and didn't want to get them in plastic, but now I could just make them myself for our BBQ with friends in the evening.
Husband refilled our egg carton. Kids picked each a lemon for their free fruit.
My plan was to let husband handle the check out (always sparks a bit of anxiety not knowing if someone in line isn't happy it will take a bit, or the cashier rolling eyes having to weight everything, but he did not want to let me go. He hates situations like this just as much as I do. ;-) At least this time I learnt from my mistake from my last visit and had the weight in lb on each container and a sheet with all PLU codes in my hand. Check out went fairly quick and efficient that way and the cashier wished my a happy Mother's Day and raved about how well organized we were with our containers and PLUs. :-)
Husband, kids and I all left with a huge smile.
Total was also less than expected. Receipt had an error as potatos were charged as something else, but we didn't want to fix it. Organic olive oil is always expensive and we refilled a huge jug ($25), which will last for a couple months. And we got a big bag of granola and honey and croissants (in paper bags) for the kids.
Challenge of family of 4 living the WWMFD ('What would Michael Foster do?') way. Inspired by our friend, the Climate Warrior Michael, we are doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint at least 10 % each year by going plastic free, travel less, being a more mindful consumer.