I save all my plastic bags to reuse, even the small bags that come from stores (meat, greeting cards, etc. are often put into small bags before being placed in the grocery bag).
I use them for kitty litter when scooping the pan, just tie off and put in the larger bag, I also use them for smelly garbage (onions, meat wrappers, etc). You can make a non odorous package by tying off the plastic bag as close to the garbage as possible, flipping the excess plastic over the garbage and tying again. Depending on the size of the bag you can often wrap it three times. Since I live on the third floor and only take the trash out once a day, I really found this helped cut down the odours (also keeps the cat's noses out of the can.)
I do the same thing with any plastic bags I get. And I don't have any pets. But I use them for coffee grinds (when I am not putting them into the garden). Also, when I have chicken and take off the skin or any thing that may have an odor, that goes into a plastic bag or the zippered bags after they have been used for something else. I also use the plastic bags from the stores as garbage pail liners. Even bread bags get used for disposing of garbage. I haven't bought any garbage bag liners in years.
I do the same here, too. Add to what's already been said with using them as doggie cleanup bags; I'll also use them to double-bag poultry bones, and other non-canine-friendly food scraps (like onions, garlic, over-ripe grapes that need to be discarded) when I can't immediately take out the after-dinner trash.
When I have zipper bags that I can't reuse for food (had raw meat in it, too greasy to get clean, etc) I stick them in my freezer, up front. When I need to throw away meat scraps or anything smelly or that will spoil, I put it in one of those bags and then back into the freezer until trash day.
I find the zipper bags are much more effective at confining odors than bread bags or grocery sacks, which almost always have tiny (or not-so-tiny) holes in them. But I do use the grocery sacks for wastebasket liners. And the bread bags? I use them when I bake my own bread or rolls (which I TRY to do more often than I buy them!)
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