May 4th is a day that changed a lot of shopping habits for New Jersey residents.

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Gone were the days when you could stroll into a grocery store, fill your cart up with whatever supplies you needed for the week and then head to the checkout where they had plastic bags waiting for your convenience.

Enter the era of reusable bags.

I'm sure you're in my boat where you have a bunch of reusable bags in a drawer in your home, plus a couple in your car, and maybe you even keep a few in the office, just in case.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mind using a reusable bag instead of plastic, but at some point in time, the reusable bags start to add up.

You forget to bring one, so for a dollar, you can just get a new one. Easy enough.

But then that happens several times and all of a sudden you've got more bags than cans of cat food.

Even if you get your groceries delivered, your groceries are (generally speaking) placed into reusable bags and dropped off at your home.

Could you imagine getting four or five new reusable bags every time you went to the grocery store?

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No thank you.

Fortunately, it looks as though a solution could be on the way if you're a person that gets their grocery delivered on a regular basis.

Shipt gives consumers the option of going 'bagless' with their order which is nice if you're ordering books or general home goods, but if you're ordering groceries more often than not a bag is necessary.

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According to NJ.com State Senator Bob Smith, one of the co-sponsors of Jersey's bag ban believes that there is a simple solution:

“We think the solution to the problem is that grocery deliveries can use paper bags and, or, cardboard boxes, either new or reused …,” State Sen. Bob Smith ~NJ.com

Imagine that, allowing grocery stores to use one of the types of bags that was banned could be the easiest solution to you having a stack of seventy-four reusable bags in your house!

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Paper bags also have several uses outside of holding your groceries; you can turn them into textbook covers (anyone else remembers doing that?), let your kids use them to color on, or pack your lunch in them.

No word on if and when this rule could go into effect, but it could bring some relief to those who have an overwhelming amount of reusable bags in their home.

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