Frugal Tuesdays ~ Canning Lids

by Merissa on May 31, 2011

in Frugal Questions Tuesdays

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Welcome back to the Frugal Tuesday series! I started this last year as a way for me and the other readers to answer any questions that you might have that are frugal or at least semi- frugal-related. If you have a question to ask, just go HERE and fill out the form!

Have you found a source for buying canning lids at a discount? Several family members and I all can and we could easily go together to buy bulk if they were cheaper than locally.  ~ Cindy

I have yet to find a good price on canning lids in bulk, except for a small Amish store we stopped at in Wisconsin. I have found some decent prices but then when you factor in shipping, it's not worth it. The cheapest place I've found lids is Menards. They are $1.63 for regular lids and $2.27 for wide mouth lids.

They are just a little bit more expensive at Walmart. I also checked the prices at Lowes and they are much more expensive there. You can buy them in bulk from Lehmans. They cost works out to be .14 per lid before you factor in the shipping cost, whereas the price at Menards equals out to .13 per lid.

Of course you could always go with the Tattler Reusable lids. They are higher up front cost but they will last you for many years.

Has anyone else found a good source for buying canning lids?

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1 Melissa May 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

I’ve found that my local grocery stores put them in a sale bin in Sept. So if you plan ahead, you can get them for 50-75% off for the next season.

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2 Sheila May 31, 2011 at 11:50 am

Agreed, I bought several packages at Menards on clearance last fall – even used coupons on some of them! :)

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3 marci357 May 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I wait for the end of season closeout at Bi-Mart – and then pick them up by the case – cheapest that way as they add a case discount on top of the regular sale.

I also bought the Tattler’s – and am adding a few more each year.

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4 Heather May 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm

If you have access to the military commissary, they have lids for $1.30 a box. I have the Tattler’s but haven’t used them yet.

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5 stacey June 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I found boxes of 12 lids(no rings)at big lots last year for $1.25. I bought an entire case of them! Also I take the rings off before storage and reuse them, so thats a huge money saver as well.
I just bought some coupons for sure jell off ebay for the pectin. Our pathmark had the canning supplies marked down only once about 5 years ago and I have yet to see them clearanced anywhere since, but I keep my eyes peeled everywhere I go!

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6 Merissa June 2, 2011 at 8:12 am

I’m going to have to check out a Big Lots if we go on vacation, that’s a good idea! I also never store lids and bands together. I actually don’t make jelly with pectin, I make “butter” which is where you just cook the fruits for a long time until they thicken.(I’ll do recipes this fall!)

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7 Nancy May 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I have found lids on clearance at Wal-Mart, for 99 cents a dozen. I got four dozen of the cute red and white check ones, recently for a total of $3.96

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8 elaine June 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm

We get them here at Fred’s in SC. They are $1.00 for a box of ten. Every year they are on sale from spring to late fall. There are also some Fred’s stores in Georgia and Tennessee.

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