I was just wondering, if you take your own containers for bulk buying at the market, how will the check-out person know the weight allowance for the containers? Would you provide the weights and expect them to trust your numbers? Would you go through the line and give them to a check-out person to weigh before filling them, and then hope the same person is there when you are ready to check out? Would you first use the plastic or paper bags provided, pay for your purchase, and then empty the bags into your containers?
Great question! I assume this came up after reading last Saturday’s tip of the day: Practice BYOC or Bring Your Own Containers when shopping in the bulk section of the grocery store.
All empty containers have a weight allowance including bags and boxes. This is called a tare. When you pop some apples into a plastic bag (which I don’t suggest you do), the cashier will punch in the bag’s tare when weighing them. This prevents the weight of the bag from being included in the price you pay for the apples. The same concept applies to other containers you bring to the store. You must have your containers weighed before you fill them with food. We take our containers to the customer service desk when we get to the store and write the tare directly on the boxes with a permanent marker, then we shop.