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Cheapest place to buy mason jars?

Pei Aug 28, 2006 11:49 PM

I'm at my wits end. I know I can get a dozen pint sized mason jars for under $12 (Ralph's). But where?

Big lots--nope
Local hardware stores--nope

I would call Surfas, but it's probably not cheap there either.

What less known places have canning jars? I'm wondering if a place in Koreatown or the Latino neighborhoods would have cheaper mason jars. I'm sure they do, but I don't know the names of any places. Please help me!

  1. Candy Aug 28, 2006 11:51 PM

    Someone gave me a case of canning jars from Big Lots but before using them I bought all new jar caps, not the screw bands. Who knows how old those jar caps were? Proably with replacing the caps there was not much money saved

    1. LT from LF Aug 28, 2006 11:53 PM

      Have you tried Smart & Final?

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      1. re: LT from LF
        Pei Aug 28, 2006 11:59 PM

        Thank you! I should have thought of that myself.

        For boxes of twelve:

        1/2 pint-$6.89

        1 pint-$8.49 (or close)

        They have at least three sizes, but those were the prices I asked for. They have two brands too! Still less than the rest of the country's probably paying, but that's what I get for living in West LA.

      2. h
        Hailyn Aug 28, 2006 11:58 PM

        I've bought mine at How's Market in San Marino -- I think for less than $12. They have a number of other locations; there might be one close to you.

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          Slackerchick Aug 29, 2006 12:27 AM

          I bought some 2 years ago at OSH hardware store. You could call and ask the prices, because I can't remember.

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          1. re: Slackerchick
            WildSwede Aug 30, 2006 02:11 PM

            OSH is where I get mine as well. A little less than the grocery stores. Around $10 for the pint sized if I remember correctly.
            Have bought them at Big Lots in the past (around $4.99 for pint sized) and used their lids/seals and they worked fine. Recently, though, they only seem to have the larger sized ones when I prefer the pint for my jams.

          2. mabziegurl Aug 29, 2006 02:21 AM

            Smart and Final

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              jacinthe Aug 29, 2006 06:25 AM

              I think I've seen them at Cost Plus, but not sure if they're still there.

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                compucook Aug 29, 2006 06:44 AM

                I just bought some up north at an Ace Hardware store. I was told that Long's Drugs carries them too. Frankly, I did buy all my canning supplies up north in Eureka (where I was stuck while DH did some business)because canning is much more popular in that area of the state. I would check the hardware store in downtown Culver City too. I don't think it's B&B but a smaller one near Main Street. I recall a post from last year where someone found a good selection there. Who knows about the price!

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                  Mustardeer Jan 30, 2013 03:09 PM

                  I hate Mason Jars cause my hand is not small enought to get in there and clean them well.

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                  1. re: Mustardeer
                    yinyangdi Jan 30, 2013 06:39 PM

                    wide-mouth mason jars

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                    happybaker Jan 30, 2013 08:30 PM

                    I'm a smart and final gal.

                    A dozen half pints for about $8, over $8 (but below 9 if they are not on sale.) That's less than 70¢ a jar, including the new lid and gasket.

                    I can every year and once Big Lots stopped carrying them, Smart and Final beat everyone in town.

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