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Lowe's has #2 Food Grade 5 gallon buckets on sales for $2.83 per bucket. Regular price is nearly $5 per bucket.

They don't come with lids, but you can order Gamma Lids online at a number of places. I just wanted to pass this special price along to my buddies here.

Also, they have their Vegetable seeds in stock and Heirloom seeds to choose from. The choices are limited in the Heirloom Seeds, but they are $1.57 per package.

By the way, I purchased these on Sunday, February 8, 2009. You can order them online for the same price but then you would have shipping costs unless you can pick them up at the store.
 

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Don't buy your buckets if you can help it.

There is a secret to getting as many buckets as you want for free (or very inexpensive). Just call around to some local bakeries. Their flour, spices, sugar, filling and many of their other ingredients usually come in these buckets. Because of this, they end up with a bunch of empty buckets laying around.

The first place I ever called gave me twenty for $1 a piece. Now, if we call around, we are sure to find someone that will give us them for free.
 

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I travel three weeks every month for work, so tracking down used buckets is not an option for me as I want to get my beans and rice stored as soon as possible. Since I have to buy them, I was excited to find a sale price and wanted to pass it along.

if someone has time to contact local bakeries, by all means do so if you can get them free or for $1 each. But if you don't, this is a good deal.
 
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Thanks!

Bretandteri, Thanks for the heads up. That is a good deal. Are they the ones with the foam on the handle? Those are nice.
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Thanks for the tip. My husband is very funny about asking for things like used buckets. Maybe he won't fuss so much if I can buy some from Lowe's.
 

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Bretandteri, Thanks for the heads up. That is a good deal. Are they the ones with the foam on the handle? Those are nice.
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Sorry, no foam handles.

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(QUOTE) "My husband is very funny about asking for things like used buckets".

Hey, don't be shy !! I hustled my way into about two dozen food grade buckets, over a couple weeks,from Sams, well after I knew they'd changed their policy to keep and recycle them instead of giving them away.
But alas,they now shake their heads when they see me coming.:D:
Well, it was fun while it lasted.:thumb:
 

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Cool, thanks for the information. I didn't mean to take anything away from your info.
I didn't take it that way, DaggerD. :)
I am all for free or cheap, but I just don't have the time to track down used buckets. Heck, I probably would have paid the full price if I had to, but a bargain is a bargain.

Thanks for your tip too.
 
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Don't buy your buckets if you can help it.

There is a secret to getting as many buckets as you want for free (or very inexpensive). Just call around to some local bakeries. Their flour, spices, sugar, filling and many of their other ingredients usually come in these buckets. Because of this, they end up with a bunch of empty buckets laying around.

The first place I ever called gave me twenty for $1 a piece. Now, if we call around, we are sure to find someone that will give us them for free.
+1 that is the way to do it just make sure the lids have the rubber seal on it you can get buckets without the rubber seal :thumb:
 

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Even if they're not food grade, you can still line them with mylar bags. In my area, the buckets are on sale for $2.73.
 

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I bought 12 of their buckets with lids in December and January. Now I'm waiting for my mylar bags and O2 absorbers to arrive. The waiting is killing me!
 

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The recycle numbers refer to the type of plastic used in the container....
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET)



http://www.checnet.org/healtheHouse/education/quicklist-detail.asp?Main_ID=353

"Often found on the bottom of plastic bottles, other containers, and shopping bags, the numbers and letters shown with the chasing-arrows "recycling" symbol mean the following:

* #1 PETE or PET (polyethylene terephthalate): used for most clear beverage bottles.
* #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene): used for "cloudy" milk and water jugs, opaque food bottles.
* #3 PVC or V (polyvinyl chloride): used in some cling wraps (especially commercial brands), some "soft" bottles.
* #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene): used in food storage bags and some "soft" bottles.
* #5 PP (polypropylene): used in rigid containers, including some baby bottles, and some cups and bowls.
* #6 PS (polystyrene): used in foam "clam-shell"-type containers, meat and bakery trays, and in its rigid form, clear take-out containers, some plastic cutlery and cups. Polystyrene may leach styrene into food it comes into contact with. A recent study in Environmental Health Perspectives concluded that some styrene compounds leaching from food containers are estrogenic (meaning they can disrupt normal hormonal functioning). Styrene is also considered a possible human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
* #7 Other (usually polycarbonate): used in 5-gallon water bottles, some baby bottles, some metal can linings. Polycarbonate can release its primary building block, bisphenol A, another suspected hormone disruptor, into liquids and foods. In 1998, the Japanese government ordered manufacturers there to recall and destroy polycarbonate tableware meant for use by children because it contained excessive amounts of bisphenol A. Other sources of potential bisphenol A exposure include food can linings and dental sealants."

http://trusted.md/blog/vreni_gurd/2007/03/29/plastic_water_bottles
"To be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle. If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine."
 

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The number inside the recycling symbol of the buckets and lids that I just bought from Lowes is a "2". Does that mean it is food grade? Do I still need to line them with mylar?

After all these years, I'm still asking questions!
 

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Thanks for the heads up on this Teri.
I'm just beginning to collect some buckets & these prices are much cheaper than what I just paid for two at Wal-mart.
It's much appreciated!!



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I go to a Sam's Club or Walmart with a bakery. They are always happy to get rid of buckets /lids. I know they get icing in them. They always have plenty, are happy to get rid of them, and the price is right. FREE!!!
 

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I hope you people are using mylar bags in side of the pails and if so you don't need the Gamma lids, just use the lids from Lowes for .79 each, all they need to do is keep out the mice and some moisture. why pay for gamma lids and shiiping?
 
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