Hint of the Week Competition

Hi Guest,

We are now giving away one 12 month membership per week to the person who donates the best tip to the Savings Vault. Everyone can enter. If you are already a member you win an extra 12 months added on to your existing membership.

This week Jessica Rupe has won 12 months membership to the Savings Vault with this great hint:

DIY vacuum sealer for next to nothing!

We know that buying in bulk is a great way to cut down the grocery bill, but your bulk bargains are not a bargain when they expire before you use them all up. Vacuum sealing your groceries and keeping them in the freezer cuts down on waste, but special vacuum seal machines and bags are pretty pricey and take up a lot of space. What do you do? I've found a solution that allows you to vacuum seal your food for next to nothing.

Grab the largest mixing bowl in your kitchen and fill it with ice water. Put your food in regular zip lock bags, but don't zip them up all the way - leave a small space open. Submerge the bags in the ice water, but keep the water away from the zipper. (Tip - I use a plastic drinking cup to submerge the bags, this keeps my hands from getting cold!). The pressure from the water will push the air out of the bag. Now you can zip the bag the rest of the way before you pull it out of the water. I do this in my kitchen sink to cut down on the mess. Voila - your own vacuum sealed bags for next to nothing!

The best way to win a membership is to write helpful, interesting, unique and error free hints. You need to include how much money you saved, how you saved it, what you did and how much you paid. The more detail you provide the more likely you are to win a 12 month membership.

You do not have to answer all the questions to enter the competition. Each hint entered is judged separately. If you send 5 hints. They will be considered 5 separate entries. Which means you have a much higher chance of winning by entering one or two top quality hints than if you entered twenty brief, vague tips. Quality is everything!

If you do not have an answer to a question, or it does not apply to you, please leave it blank.

Thanks for giving it a go. Good luck!

Many grins,

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