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Blog: Living Cheap in Kansas

Seal-A-Meal

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

After years of wanting one, I finally got a Seal-A-Meal for Christmas.   It was a bargain - my husband found it on clearance at Walmart for around $50.  But when he got to the checkout, it rang up for $39...

Last night I got to test it out.

The only "gotcha" with the process is the cost of the bags.  I got two 20 foot rolls of bags at Walmart for $20 - kind of pricey for me, but I figure I can save enough on food to more than pay the difference.  But I'll be watching the thrift stores and outlets for cheap bags in the future.

On Monday, we stopped at Sam's to pick up a couple of items I needed and found that they had their fresh (never frozen) turkey's on sale for 58¢ a pound.  We picked up one that cost around $11.  I immediately took it home, seasoned it up and popped it into my electric roaster (another after Christmas  bargain purchase ($15) from a few years ago  that I absolutely love).  After it was done, I drained the excess liquid and took it, still in the roaster liner, out to the garage to cool overnight.  (When it is freezing outside, my garage stays at around 35 degrees so I use it a lot in the winter to keep food cold for short periods.) Then last night, we dismembered the turkey and SAM'ed it.  Since it is just the two of us, we put about 10 oz of meat (1/2 white, 1/2 dark) in each bag.  I think we have about 15 bags.

While I was at WM buying the bags, I stopped at the supermarket across the street where hamburger meat was on sale for $1.69 lb.  Got three large packages and divided it into 8oz. portions and froze that too. 

We'll be eating turkey & hamburger for quite a while...

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AnnieM (Contact)
Olathe, Kansas USA
About Me:

I've been a cheapskate just about all my life. In doing so I've learned to do just about everything. I can sew, paint, hang wallpaper, install tile and flooring, pull and replace toilets, sinks, garbage disposals and faucets. Remove and replace ceiling fixtures and fans, replace outlets and switches, I've installed windows (both on houses and on computers!), I can rehab almost anything from furniture (repair, reupholster and refinish) to computers (I built my husband a good laptop using three broken ones that I got for free)! I've taken cheap to a whole new level!

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