We all use them -- storage bags, that is. If you're like me and want to cut costs to the bare bone, you don't want all your hard work ruined because food wasted or ruins in the freezer. One of the easiest and fastest ways to waste money is by letting food spoil. This is exactly why choosing the right food storage bags means a lot. It might seem like a minor detail, but hey...every little bit counts.
Bottom line in storage bags
When it comes to deciding which bags are the best storage bags, look at three things: price, how easy they are to use, and function. If you find an inexpensive, easy to use, and doesn't leak bag -- you have a winner.
According to Consumer Reports, the best plastic storage bags that do all these things are Glad Zipper, Wal-Mart's Great Value bag with zipper, and Target's Up & Up bag with zipper. All three of these bags worked properly - which means no ruined food for you and me - are inexpensive, and don't leak.
When it comes to freezer bags, which is more important because you don't want your food to get freezer burn, Target is the clear winner for first and second place with Glad coming in third.
Save money with storage bags
By following these guidelines and choosing the right bag, you save money. Here's how:
- By large packs of meat at the grocery store
When you get home, divide it into the size portions you need for your family.
- Freeze leftovers
Stop letting leftovers go to waste by sitting in your refrigerator. If your family doesn't like leftovers, after dinner immediately freeze them in storage bags. Write the date on the bag so you don't leave it in the freezer too long. At a later date, get the leftovers out and build a meal around them. If it's been a couple of weeks since you had that dish, you're family will never know and the food won't go to waste.
- Buy large bags of snacks and repackage them in small plastic food storage bags
It costs much less and everyone still has their individual serving of snacks for lunch.
Use small bags to carry dry baby foods in the diaper bag. They stay fresher than in the baby serving cups and won't go to waste.
Now that you know which bags to buy and how to use them to save money, it's your turn. Use these tips and see how much more money you can save by using the right storage bag and not letting food go to waste.