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Save Money on Canning Jars



Canning Jars

Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Need canning jars, but not interested in paying full price for them? Here's how to get your jars for less:

  • Look for them at yard sales. If you don't see any out, ask the homeowner if they have any to sell. You'll be amazed at how often this works
  • Sign up for the Ball newsletter to receive special offers
  • Check flea markets, thrift stores and estate sales for inexpensive jars
  • Watch for coupons in the Sunday paper at the beginning of canning season. Ball seems to run one each year
  • Let friends, family and co-workers know that you're looking for jars. People often have a few jars taking up space in their cupboard simply because they don't know what to do with them
  • Post requests for canning jars on community and church message boards
  • Watch Craigslist and Freecycle for jar offers or post your own request for jars
  • Stock up on jars at the end of the season when they go on clearance
  • Check the classified section in your local newspaper for used jar listings

As you search for cheap jars, here are a few safety issues to keep in mind:

  • Mayonnaise and pasta sauce jars should not be reused for canning – even if they say "Ball" or "Mason" on them
  • Any jar with cracks or chips needs to be discarded
  • Lids should only be used one time
  • Only modern jars should be used when canning
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