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Cheap Tupperware Sets

Updated on January 11, 2010


Tupperware is a very vital accessory to have in any kitchen. You'll use it for left overs and food storage in the freezer. In my family, we use anything from actual tupperware containers to whip cream or plastic butter containers as tupperware in out refrigerators and for taking home leftovers from a family dinner.

Well, the butter and whipped cream containers work great, but it's still nice to have an actual set of food storage containers, so that your cabinets, refrigerator, and freezer don't look junky and clogged with everything being mismatched. But, by all means, save or recycle the plastic containers, don't just throw them out.

But, you'll find that every kitchen, whether you've been living in your home for years or you're just moving in, needs a good tupperware container set.

If you're looking for a nice set of tupperware, you can generally find them from small 8 piece sets to larger 48 piece sets. What sized set you purchase will depend on how much room you have to allot in your cabinets, how much you want to spend, and what size you think you really need.

There are many brands of tupperware container sets, but most commonly, you'll see Rubbermaid on the shelves at the store, but don't limit yourself. Whichever brand has the features you're looking for and the number of pieces, purchase that one.

Below, you'll find tips to choosing a good food storage set so that you can spend the least and get the most for your money.

Choosing Tupperware Containers

When looking for storage containers for the kitchen, you'll want to consider the following things before your make your final purchase.

Material- What material the base of the containers are made out of. You'll find that most are made from plastic, but many people are becoming more leery of using plastic, especially in the microwave to heat food. In these cases, you may want to consider glass or ceramic containers. Just remember that if you're in search of spending less, plastic is generally much cheaper than glass or ceramic.

Easy Storage- Food storage containers are great to have, but sometimes they can be a pain in the but when in the cabinets or pantry, not being used. Some containers have lids that are stackable, so that the bottom of one container fits into the lid of another. This makes things nice and neat. Sometimes you'll find sets that have lids that snap into each other, so that you can just stack the lids in one area and the bottoms in another; still keeping things straight in the cabinet.

Multiple Sizes- When you purchase a set of containers, you want to make sure that the set has an assortment of sizes so that you can put your leftover peas in a smaller containers and your ham bone in a larger container. Depending on the set, you'll find that sometimes you'll get a few of the medium sizes and one large one. Not all sets have the same sizes or the same number of each size, so keep that in mind.

Number of Pieces- Depending on the number of pieces, you'll find that you will probably have to spend a little more for a 48 piece tupperware set, than you would a 12 piece set. That's not always the case when it comes to the smaller piece sets, and the price of the set will depend on the brand as well, but depending on how many pieces you want, the price will vary. If you feel that you'll need a larger set, then spend the money, as otherwise by purchasing a smaller set, you may need to purchase another in the long run to make up for what containers you don't have but need.

One Size Lid- Some sets will have a lid that will fit multiple bases. This makes the number of lids you'll have smaller, but that means you're cabinets won't be overrun with varying sized lids for each container size.

Shape of the Base- Square bases are best for space utilization, and most bases come in square, but you'll find some round shaped bases. Just consider square for space efficiency.

Microwave, Freezer, and Dishwasher Safe- Not all tupperware containers work in the microwave. Some will melt, so keep that in mind. Also, consider freezer containers if you plan on using them in the freezer a lot. And, of course the dishwasher is everyone's friend, especially if you live a busy lifestyle. You don't want to put a non-dishwasher safe container in the dishwasher and hope that it makes it through the washing because if it doesn't, you'll be buying a new set.

Depending on what features you are looking for, the price of the tupperware set will vary. Just make sure that you purchase what you need, otherwise, you'll find that you'll be making another purchase, spending more money in the long run.


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    • sabrebIade profile image

      sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Oh yeah, Tupperware rocks!

      It's not only foodstuffs, but you can keep a lot of things in them.

      Crayons, nuts and bolts, special dog and cat food, pictures, basically anything you want kept safe.

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      papachino 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      yeah, I prefer Tupperware. Great hub!

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      myawn 8 years ago from Florida

      tupperware is nice,lasts a long time and seals well. Rubbermaid is good but doesn't last as long. Nice Hub!

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      pennyanne 8 years ago from Buffalo New,York

      I love my Lock and locks, but Tupperware is still the best Brand. They keep things well in the freezer.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      I love Tupperware brand plastic containers. I've used them for over 40 years, I still have pieces from years gone by. So I highly recommend the brand.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      We oftentimes use the Chinese take-out containers as they are very durable too! I sometimes wonder where all of the lids go sometimes, as I'll find one container without a matching lid! It get so frustrating sometimes! Thanks, Whitney.

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      if we didnt know it by now we do after this hub! You are a southern gal! funny thing is this ole southern gal actually remembers my moma having tupperware parties :) all so cute too in their big skirts and ballet flats...then less than six yrs later looking like little jackie O's :) great hub whitney! "Thanks...for the memories"