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Old 01-17-2016, 03:13 PM   #11
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I have wanted one off and on for years. Periodically I get myself charged up to buy one then realize I don't really need it. So I pass until the next urge arises.

I package frozen foods tightly wrapped to avoid freezer burn, I don't do camping so waterproofing stuff isn't an issue. I don't smoke...

I think, if you have one, you find uses for it.
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:17 PM   #12
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In the outdoors it has many uses, mostly to keep things waterproof such as a survival kit, matches, first aid kits even your cell phones, fire starters. The list goes on and on.
When we used to go whitewater kayaking, we got reusable waterproof thick plastic bags for those purposes. They're much more cost-effective. We also put moisture absorbers from medication containers in them for extra protection.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:02 PM   #13
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I was reading a website for ideas on how to use it. A lady uses hers to package up small snacks for her kids for roadtrips -- like a pack of trail mix, pack of candy, etc.. That would be another way to save money. Gas station snacks are pricey -- $1 to $4 for small bags of treats.

Or buy a larger bag of jerky at Costco and then put smaller portions in the small bags for roadtrips or to take to work. I will have to pick up some small bags. Don't want to waste larger bags for smaller snacks.

I think this is the one we bought.

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Old 01-17-2016, 04:13 PM   #14
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I was reading a website for ideas on how to use it. A lady uses hers to package up small snacks for her kids for roadtrips -- like a pack of trail mix, pack of candy, etc.. That would be another way to save money. Gas station snacks are pricey -- $1 to $4 for small bags of treats.

Or buy a larger bag of jerky at Costco and then put smaller portions in the small bags for roadtrips or to take to work. I will have to pick up some small bags. Don't want to waste larger bags for smaller snacks...
I'd use less expensive sandwich bags with zip tops, they're resealable.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:28 PM   #15
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I'd use less expensive sandwich bags with zip tops, they're resealable.
Or small Tupperware/Rubbermaid I suppose.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:41 PM   #16
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It's one of those things that once you get one you don't want to go back.

Yes there are way's to preserve foods without one but the ease they provide is worth the expense IMHO.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:50 PM   #17
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Vacuum sealer/FoodSaver, observations-feedback?

Check out the Food Saver website. They have a thousand ways to use it that don't include food. I find food lasts almost forever when I vac seal it.
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It's one of those things that once you get one you don't want to go back.
That's not always true. I had one for several years and then it stopped working. That was at least five years ago and I haven't replaced it. There are less expensive options and I prefer to use reusable items when I can.
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Just think.
You can keep your pot stash fresh.

I love my vacuum sealer.
Freezer burn is a thing of the past and I buy things on sale without the worry of being able to use it before it goes bad.
There are loads of uses besides food! Important documents, some people even use them for a change of clothes lol. This list is pretty inventive!
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I had one of the earlier models. I found it difficult to use. So I gave it to Spike. He loves it and gets so much use out of it.

But I do want to get another one. I certainly saved money with it. I bought meats that were only on sale and ones that I knew we would use. Food Saver is really a good name for it. But I would call it Food and Money Saver.
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