I hate grocery shopping. There. I said it.
I am one of those people who will put off going to the store for weeks, forcing my husband to stop in at the nearest store to replace staples like milk, eggs and bread. That said, I am always looking for ways to get out of regular grocery shopping trips. If I can save some money and buy more fresh food in the process, I’m all for it. So when Walmart recently offered me the chance to take the FoodSaver challenge, I was all for it!
A Food Saver is simply a machine that allows you to vacuum seal food — or anything else, really. What this means, in practical terms, is that I can buy more produce, meat, etc., in a single shopping trip, then vacuum seal it and store it for longer than normal.
Need some examples? No problem. A head of lettuce stored in the refrigerator will usually last about 3-6 days before it begins to spoil. We eat a lot of sandwiches, but with 3 people in the house, we almost never get through all of it. With the FoodSaver, the same head of lettuce can last up to 2 weeks.
Sounds good, right? I thought so too. It sounds like I’ll be able to save money in a couple of ways:
- Food will last longer, so there will be less waste (ie. wasted money)
- I’ll be able to buy more items in bulk, because I’ll be able to store the excess longer (saving money AND getting rid of excess packaging)
- I’ll be able to buy more organics from the local farmers markets because I’ll be able to keep produce fresher longer (yay, organics!)
- I’ll be able to stock up when items are on sale, because we’ll be able to store the extras until we need them
Plus, unlike a lot plastic packaging, the storage bags used with the FoodSaver system are BPA-free. So I’ll be able to remove food from potentially toxic plastic packaging and put it in something less toxic that will help it last a lot longer.
So what is the FoodSaver challenge? Simply put, over the next few weeks, I’ll be tracking how much money I spend and save on groceries while using the system and compare it to what I normally would have spent in the same period. I’ll also be trying to find creative uses for the FoodSaver, like sealing important papers.
Check back in a few weeks to see how I did!
Have you used the FoodSaver or a similar vacuum-sealing system? If you’d like to take the challenge with me, you can get a coupon for $10 off a FoodSaver system at SmartSource! Just look for “FoodSaver” from the brand drop-down menu to find it. You can use the coupon to pick up your FoodSaver and supplies at Walmart or Walmart.com.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing my FoodSaver experience with you. Participation in this program is voluntary. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.