I’ve talked before about using Ziploc bags to store all sorts of stuff, from food to spare parts to things like cereal that can be emptied out of those big bulky boxes and stored in much less space.

Not too long ago, a listener named Diane from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin offered up an alternative suggestion.

The system Diane suggested is called Thrifty Vac.

It seals all kinds of food in vacuum bags, using a hand pump that easily stores away.

“With the pump system, you can easily get all of the air out of your bag,” she told me, adding that advertisements for the product claim food vacuum-sealed with one of their bags can last up to two years.

There are various options for Thrifty Vac kits, but they are all less than $25 (as of this writing). The bags cost about 17 cents each. As Diane pointed out, you can even use bags like Ziploc brand with it.

“It’s an easy way to make sure food stays fresh and contained,” she said.

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