If you don’t yet have a vacuum sealer you REALLY need to get one. It’s truly an indispensable part of my kitchen and I save so much money because I can buy in bulk and everything stays fresh. FoodSaver has a few different models at all different price points so you should be able to find something that meets your needs. I just bought myself a brand new vacuum sealer with all of the bells and whistles but for years I’ve been using the most basic model that they have with great success.
My favorite thing to buy in bulk is meat, the prices are so much better and the quality of meat that I can pick up at BJ’s is SO much better than any supermarket. I usually buy ground beef, chicken, steaks and stew meat in bulk. Another must have in your kitchen is a scale, you’ll need it to break up these huge packs of meat into specific portions and sizes. With chicken and ground beef I prefer to make one 1 lb packs since most recipes call for 1 lb servings. Large steaks I vacuum seal individually and for my stew meat I freeze packs in the exact amount that I need to make a batch of stew. You can literally keep your meat frozen for MONTHS once it’s vacuumed sealed. Everything stays super fresh and there is literally not a lick of freezer burn on any piece of meat.
The vacuum sealer is also great for snacks, deli meats, bulk packs of cheese and even fruit. My sealer has a great feature where you can “pulse seal” so that you don’t crush delicate foods like soft fruits and breads. They even have resealable bags which comes in handy when you want to seal a food that you use regularly. There is really nothing you can’t seal with this machine and I think you’ll find that it will quickly become one of the most useful appliances in your kitchen. I absolutely love mine and sing its praises to everyone!