Rubbermaid Helps Stretch Leftovers and Budgets

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I hate wasting food. Leftovers make excellent lunches, can go into soups, casseroles or quesadillas. So everything gets stashed in the fridge in my kitchen. A green mom knows that plastic wrap is a wasteful and expensive no-no. Reusable containers are the solution. I keep a variety of shapes and sizes in my kitchen to make meal clean up a breeze.

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This month I have packing away my extras in a new set of Rubbermaid food containers. Unlike my old mismatched containers (which I donated to Housing Works), Rubbermaid's set is outfitted with Easy Find Lids. The lids and containers snap into each other--perfect for smallish kitchens like mine where space is a premium.

Making use of the leftovers is easy too. All Rubbermaid products are also microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. The combo package I received had all four systems that Rubbermaid makes: Easy Find, Premier, Produce Saver and Lock-its.

Easy Find: Best for everyday use, be sure to buy several sizes. The containers with red lids come in 10 different sizes, ranging from ½ cups to 2 ½ gallons. This is the most affordable line (ranges from $2.99 to $11.59). Buy the 24 pc. Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid set on Amazon $14.97.

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Premier:Serious chefs go for these, crystal clear containers with black lids. They allow for a cook to check on freshness and keep onion or other strong scents from escaping. Available six different sizes from 1 ¼ cups to 14 cups. Buy 12-pc. set on Amazon $16.99.

Produce Saver: Every mom should have these for saving the little bits and bites of produce that make perfect toddler or baby meals. The vented green lid allows produce to breathe. The bottom tray elevates food out of moisture. 3 different sizes: 2 cups, 5 cups and 14 cups. Buy 8 pc. set on Amazon $17.45

Lock-its: Ideal for picnics, travel or lunch boxes. These containers feature built-in rubberized gaskets that provide a leak-proof seal to prevent spills and keep food fresh. 10 sizes (from 1 cup to 2 ½ gallons). Available beginning in May. $1.99 to $14.99.

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