Sept. 8, 2012
My wife likes deals. She is storing up lots of things in buckets. The usual price of plastic storage buckets at Army-Navy stores is anywhere from $5 to $8. She prefers paying nothing. http://www.garynorth.com/public/10039.cfm
She took photos of two buckets she picked up recently. One cost $1. The other cost nothing.
It turns out that supermarkets that have bakeries get goods shipped to them in buckets. The stores toss out empties.
She buys buckets at Wal-Mart for $1. At a regional supermarket, Publix, she pays nothing.
She says not to buy buckets that has been used to ship pickles. The smell is permanent. The others are fine.
It never hurts to ask the person in the bakery goods section.
A subscriber added this:
I buy buckets at a local doughnut shop for $2 -- they come with a sealing lid so the buckets are superior in some respects to others that can be found on the cheap. The buckets are OKed by the FDA for foods -- concentrated fruit was the original purpose - so prepers might find these types of buckets useful.
Another subscriber added this:
Please tell your wife that pickle buckets can be deodorized with baking soda, just like the refridgerator. Put 2-4 Tsp in, cover let stand for a couple of days, add 1 Quart of water to disolve, then wash with soda water, finally wash as usual. Let air dry and the bucket is good to go.