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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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I have always wanted to try a FoodSaver vacuum sealer, so finally I got brave and just asked them if I could review one and of course give one away to you guys.  My unit arrived this week and we tore into it and then searched the house for things to seal.  I kind of felt like a 5 year old playing with a new toy, but it’s just plain fun to see it suck everything down and completely seal it.

What is a FoodSaver?  A FoodSaver is a vacuum sealing system that takes all of the air out of a bag of food, but it locks in the flavor.  Foods stay fresh for up to 5 times longer and won’t get freezer burn for years since they don’t come in contact with cold, dry air.  I’m really tired of buying meat in bulk but then after a month or two not being able to tell what type of meat it is thanks to freezer burn being all over it.

For me if I can buy in bulk and not fight freezer burn that’s a massive amount of money saved!  I’m not throwing away a ton of food that has gone bad because we haven’t had time to eat it.   We love to buy produce in season and store it for the winter so this is a huge help!!  I know for some of you the thought of paying for a unit when normal zipper bags are less than $1 on sale is hard, but for us the amount that we freeze this really is awesome to have no freezer burn.  In the end counting in the value of the food it makes sense to me to pay a little more to store the food if I now can store the food 10 times longer!

I must admit, it took me once or twice to get the hang of the machine, but once I effectively vacuum sealed my first thing we were off vacuum sealing half the freezer getting rid of the traditional freezer bags.

One other thing I hope to play with this week, is prepping meats before freezing with seasonings and marinades, then sealing them and having dinner already marinated and ready to go!

Want to win one?

The Giveaway:

FoodSaver is giving away one FoodSaver V3880 Vacuum Sealer Kit to a Southern Savers reader!  The kit not only includes the sealer, but:

1 – 11” x 10’ Heat- Seal Roll
3 – Quart-size Heat -Seal Bags
2 – Gallon-size Heat-Seal Bags
1- 2 ¼ Quart Oval Marinator
1 – Portion Pouch Roll

To Enter:

You have 2 chances to win (you can do one or both):

1. Leave a comment below letting me know how much money you think you can save in a year by using a FoodSaver.

2. Like FoodSaver on Facebook and leave a comment (you’ll get 10% off just for liking them).