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Was out at my local Ace hardware looking for a shovel handle. Just wanted to let everyone know they have wide-mouth quart Ball mason jars on sale (with rings and lids) for $10 a dozen and narrow mouth for $7 dollars a dozen.

I've kept my eyes out at farm sales, but there must be a lot of people looking, because I am not finfing much or they are going too high. So, if any of you out there are in the same boat as me, you might want to check it out. I am not touting the chain, simply relaying a good deal. I think they are on sale for about a week.
 

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I came across that deal yesterday and bought 3 dozen of the wide mouth jars and 5 dozen of the regular. I've seen jars going for ridiculous prices at auctions and there's no way to guarantee those bought at auction don't have chips.
 

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Check Craig's list for canning jars. I got maybe 6 dozen jars from a little old lady that wasn't canning anymore. They were free. I had to pack & move them.
 

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Rural King is having a store wide rebate sale (merchandise credit check), canning supplies included. Today until Sept 6 (?) IIRC.
 

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I've been admiring the green ones. They remind me of the depression glass green. Thought they would be nice for storage in my kitchen. They had them recently two boxes for $14 but I couldn't get there to get them. I have a friend who works at our local-ish St Vicent De Paul and she got me some smoking deals this year.
 

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It's actually sad that, around here, I can buy the ball nrand jars brand new cheaper than what people ask for used ones on CL.
I saw an ad a few weeks ago, someone had a few hundred canning jars for sale, all quarts. $1.50 each, of course no lids or bands with them.
Well, more power to them if they can actually sell them, but it won't be to me.
 

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Back before Y2K I could pick up canning jars at the thrift stores for 5-10 cents. Once that became a threat, they went up to almost the cost of new, so if you had to purchase lids they were more expensive than new. I used to know only one or two people that canned, and now I know many people canning so there are fewer used cans to be found. Finding them on sale or clearance has usually been the best bet for me.

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Back before Y2K I could pick up canning jars at the thrift stores for 5-10 cents. Once that became a threat, they went up to almost the cost of new, so if you had to purchase lids they were more expensive than new. I used to know only one or two people that canned, and now I know many people canning so there are fewer used cans to be found. Finding them on sale or clearance has usually been the best bet for me.

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It was my thinking ahead again. I saw it coming and that is why I posted Wanted Canning Jars ads in two local papers. I did that in 1998 because I knew what Y2K would do to jar prices. I picked up over 3000 jars free during the next two weeks. I also bought a 5KW generator for $479.99 that was over $650 the next year. I wasn't worrying about Y2K but most Winters here we lose power at least once.
 

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I know I probably have 40 dozen quarts- well I am now outta pints we filled them all- I put an ad on Craigslist asking if anyone one wanted to trade case for case- quarts for pints!
I know pints are cheaper at the store- but I figure if I can trade I would rather do that
 

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We've got one thrift store that occasionally has jars for 50 cents each. The other has them all the time for 90 cents each, no bands or lids. I won't pay new prices for canning jars with no bands or lids. Besides, Meijer usually has a buy one, get one 1/2 off sale or buy 2, get 1 free sale about this time of year.
 

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In a month, start checking out TSC, Lowes, and Home Depot.... they sometimes close out everything, for a fraction of cost. I bought several hundred boxes of lids for 40c each a few years back.... got cases of half pints for $2/case.

Just have to check regularly, and if you see a clerk, ask.... all they can do is say no, or they don't know.
 
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In a month, start checking out TSC, Lowes, and Home Depot.... they sometimes close out everything, for a fraction of cost. I bought several hundred boxes of lids for 40c each a few years back.... got cases of half pints for $2/case.

Just have to check regularly, and if you see a clerk, ask.... all they can do is say no, or they don't know.
Great advice. Will start watching.
 
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