This Amazon Find Will Save You So Much Money in the Long Run—and It’s 60 Percent Off Right Now

updated Feb 6, 2020
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We support making New Year’s resolutions, but we also know that they are incredibly hard to keep. That’s why we like to scope out solutions that help us stick to our goals. And if one of your goals for 2020 is cooking more, making wiser snack choices, and avoiding food waste, then we have just the solution for you: A tiny, portable vacuum sealer that makes meal prep easy and helps keep leftovers and snacks fresh for longer. Even better? It’s $8 right now as part of Amazon’s lightning deals (sale ends at 11am ET).

There are tons of vacuum sealer options out there, but this handheld one from Segminismart is Amazon’s top new release, with a solid 4.2-star rating. It can be used to seal everything from storage bags to potato chip bags to fruit bags, and reviewers rave that it prevents food from going stale, creates extra space in the fridge, and keeps pests from sneaking into snacks.

Another pro? It’s incredibly easy to use. Simply press the AA battery-operated sealer for a few seconds until it heats up, place the bag to be sealed between the clamps, and slowly pull it across at a consistent speed to instantly convert any type of packaging material like plastic or aluminum into an airtight storage solution.

“Why didn’t I buy this sooner?!” gushed one happy reviewer. “I can reseal chip bags or my kids’ snacks for trips.”

While one customer noted that the handheld vacuum sealer is perfect for portioning out meat, vegetables, and soup for meal planning, an overwhelming majority echoed that the gadget is saving them money on zip-top bags, plastic clamps, and storage containers. Not to mention the fact that the tight seal keeps food from going bad.

“I save leftovers by pouring them in Ziploc but sometimes my child would not seal them properly & it goes stale,” said one reviewer. “By sealing them using the mini bag sealer I’m eliminating the use of Ziploc bags which saves us money!”

The mini bag sealer comes with a hook so you can hang it up and keep it nearby, and it’s lightweight enough to carry along on picnics, trips, or to work. One end of the sealer also serves as a cutter so that you don’t need scissors to open packaging.

“Was sure this wasn’t going to work quite as advertised, but it does, and then some,” said one skeptic-turned-believer. “It seals chips, produce bags, candy, sandwiches — pretty much anything. And it’s airtight. The cutter function opens it back up. Works very well — happy to be proven wrong on this.”

Still not convinced? We’ll let this reviewer take it away:

“Bought this gift for multiple reasons. I wanted to make sure the bags were airtight because of bug issues and this is perfect for the price. It’s also neat if you want to leave a gift or note inside the chips or something else.”

Eww! But also aww!