The Luxury of Ziploc

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Large Ziploc bags, namely freezer bags, are a luxury to me.

Are there ever moments in your life when you realize something strange about yourself? It happens to me frequently. Like recently (okay, last summer - but I was just thinking about it today!) when Ethel Alicia gave me a box of freezer bags as we were preparing to fly to California. I needed bags to put my toiletries in, and, instead of giving me one or two, she offered me the whole box. She had extra from when her parents were in town and went crazy at Walmart. No big deal.

I don't think she knows, to this day, how I have treasured those freezer bags. Why? I have no idea! But every time I go to use one -- oh yes, I have plenty left! -- I'm kind of hesitant. Let's be honest; I could go buy lots of freezer bags at Target. It's not like we can't afford them. Maybe I feel this way because it's not something I usually purchase...?

But it's more than that. They feel like a luxury to me. Again, I have no idea why. I grew up not lacking anything, but with parents who weren't incredibly well off. Maybe because of that -- growing up in an environment where we conserved resources as much as possible and where I knew not to waste things -- maybe because gallon-sized freezer bags weren't something we had an abundance of... maybe that's why?

As I'm typing this out, I'm certain you're all going to think I'm crazy. But you have something, don't you? Please tell me you do. What's your simple luxury -- your gallon-sized Ziploc bag? What's the thing that other people take for granted -- or maybe just don't think a second thought about -- that is quietly luxurious to you?

I'm curious. I don't want to feel so alone!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I totally agree! Ziplock bags, and paper towels are a guilty luxury. Maybe because I know I have tupperware I could use. I use them for leftovers, and then throw them away. Guilty that I do not recycle or reuse them. So to me it is like throwing money away. (Sandy)

Erin said...

Chopsticks that come free with chinese takeout. They always give you more than you need, so the others go in the silverware drawer. I love having them, but they feel like disposable things, so I feel like using them would be using them up!

Amanda said...

I completely agree about gallon-sized Ziplocs, especially brand name! And I agree with Sandy's suggesting paper towels. I used to refuse to use paper towels. What I waste! Now I use almost nothing else. And baby wipes. I wish I could have baby wipes by our dining room table to wipe up Maryn after each meal, but we usually use a wash cloth or paper towel instead to save resources. :)

Ashley said...
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Ashley said...

Lotion! I know it's crazy (I have a ton of different kinds, and I usually buy the generic brands anyway, so they aren't expensive), but every time I go to put it on, I hesitate. There's no reason - and often, I actually kind of need it (in the winter, my hands crack so bad they bleed) - but that doesn't stop me!

So no, you're not alone!

Amanda said...

I don't know if it is really a luxury, but I am very picky with most of the brands I buy of food. I have a few different food allergies and so I have to buy certain brands. I also only use 1 type of fabric softener and detergent. My sensitive skin doesn't like any others. It can get a little more expensive for me, but it is the luxury I need to stay healthy.

caseyandalicia.com said...

Oh we're crazy for ziplocs, too! We wash them and reuse them... how's that for frugal?! :)

http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/02/loving-ziplocs-washing-and-reusing-tips.html

(the standing on the counter is our fave way to dry)

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