The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4005511
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
22-Aug-19 - 11:57 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
I buy replacement bags on Amazon for much less than the name brand, but still sturdy enough plastic to do the job. I tend to use the smaller bags (cut your own) more, so I tend to alternate my purchases: These rolls of the 8" bags last quite a while and I alternate that purchase with this two-pack of large and small. I read a lot of reviews before settling on these two products; they aren't all as heavy duty to stand up to the melting and shuffling around they can get in the freezer.

I was at Goodwill one day and spotted a holder and cutter for the rolls of bags but it's not big enough to hold the entire roll. I make my own roll and put it in there because it is a handy way to cut new bags. I found it for $2, I wouldn't spend $34 for it. (Expect to have to experiment on size and waste some plastic along the way.) I'm also looking at parts like gaskets and teflon strips as my aging sealer begins to need some TLC to get the bags to seal.

Sharpie on the bag wherever is good enough to let you know what's in it, no need for that white spot to write on.

As a Mountaineer member (in Western Washington State) in high school and college, who took the basic climbing course then taught in it for several years (including map and compass), I will never completely give up my paper map, and I find GPS to be terribly annoying. I "drive ahead" in my mind, having looked at the map and sometimes, if it's a complex route, made a few notes of cross streets, turns, landmarks, and can quickly glance at that. I use the phone map for the big picture for progress (the blue spot that shows me where I am does help) but it is as much distraction as it is a tool.