There have been many foodsaver discussions in the past and I wanted to let y'all in on a sale FoodSaver is having. Go to www.foodsaver.com
and click on the Web Sales. They have three of their models on sale for less than $100. I personally would save up and get the FoodSaver Professional III because I use mine a lot, but the ones on sale are good mid-model types.
Also, now is the time to vacuum pack things while they are plentiful and inexpensive. Last year I vacuum packages a lot of plum and berry juice for use in sorbets/granitas throughout the winter months. I also juiced carrots/celery/tomatoes for use in soups and sauces during the winter months. One thing I learned is that people love to eat Bing cherries, but they don't like the juice, either to drink of in sorbets/granitas. They like to eat grapes or drink the juice, but don't like sorbets/granitas made from it.
Also, you can roast all kinds of peppers/tomatoes, etc and then package them instead of paying exhorbitant prices during the winter months. I have bell peppers, anaheims, jalapenos, etc., roasted, peeled and juilienned, vacuum packaged for later use. Just about anything you can think of that you have in abundance can be vacuum packaged for later use.
Good luck and.....get busy