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5-gallon food-grade buckets are legendary storage containers for a reason. In the world of prepping and long-term food storage, they provide an excellent oxygen barrier and, if properly stored, keep food from spoiling for decades. I hope this post helps you to use buckets for survival food.

Buckets are an excellent choice if you are looking for a fairly inexpensive way to store lots of calories for decades. Many preppers start with white rice and dry beans because they are inexpensive and provide a whole protein. Not to mention they offer a 30+ year shelf-life.

Keep on reading if you are serious about getting started with your survival pantry.

Long term food storage

15 Dry Foods You Can Store In a 5 Gallon Bucket

The following list insn’t comprehensive but it lists some of the more common staple foods preppers store for long-term survival and emergencies.

Food TypeHow Much Food Will a 5-Gallon Bucket HoldShelf- LifeIn Years *
Non-fat Powdered Milk29 lbs20
Dried Eggs20 lbs10
Dried Beans, Legumes and Pulses33 lbs30
Dried Macaroni20 lbs30
Dried Spaghetti29 lbs30
Corn Meal33 lbs25 to 30
Popcorn37 lbs25 to 30
Flour33 lbs10 to 15
White Sugar**35 lbsIndefinitely
Iodized Table Salt50 lbsIndefinitely
White Rice36 lbs30 +
Rolled Oats20 lbs30
Hard Grains29 lbs30
Dried Potato Flakes12 lbs20
Dried Whole Corn37 lbs25

Check out Pounds of Food In A 5-gallon Bucket for more info.

5-Gallon Buckets of Food Needed For One Person For One Year

Don’t get overwhelmed when you look at the amounts of food needed. Staple food items like wheat, long-grain rice, and beans are super cheap compared to purchasing pre-packaged foods. The hardest part is finding a place to put all of it.

Long-term food items with a 30 Year Shelf Life
(Unless Otherwise Stated)
# Of 5- Gallon Buckets
(Types of grain are interchangeable depending on preference, i.e. 1 case of rice for 1 case of wheat)
Wheat lbs5
White Rice65 lbs2
Rolled Oats29 lbs
Pasta 21 lbs1
(Beans, Split peas, Lentils)
62 lbs2
(Nonfat-Dry, 15 yr shelf life)
62 lbs2
Sugar70 lbs2
Dried Apple Slices6 lbs1
Dried Carrots
(10 Year shelf life)
8 lbs1
Potato Flakes22 lbs2

When you are ready to start planning your food storage check out the Ready Squirrel video below. It is a comprehensive article covering short and long-term food storage, daily calorie counts, and much more.

If you would rather read , check out the article, How Much Food to Stockpile Per Person

18 Tips For Storing Food And Supplies In 5-gallon Buckets

Big food grade buckets are the easiest and cheapest way to build your family’s food pantry providing thousands of inexpensive calories that store for decades.

#1 Food-grade buckets with Oxygen absorbers keep food from being oxidized or spoiling due to Oxygen’s presence. This storage method also inhibits the growth of bugs, pupae, and bug eggs present in most grains, so you don’t have to freeze foods before storage.

#2 Don’t store food with a 10% or higher moisture content because bacteria may grow in a low Oxygen, high humidity environment, leading to Botulism.

#3 Store buckets in a cool, dry location with low humidity. Ideal storage temps for your buckets are 75° F or less. Avoid storing food or supply buckets in the garage or a shed. Heat kills food and deteriorates emergency supplies. A good storage environment will maximize shelf-life.

#4 Non-food grade buckets may leach chemicals into your food. Please don’t use them to store food. Especially important if you are not lining buckets with Mylar bags.

#5 Food-grade buckets are flexible; You can repurpose them for other food-grade tasks like pickling, cider, or mead without having to keep track of food and non-food grade buckets. Down the road, you may decide that your apples need to be hard cider.

#6 Keep buckets off of the floor or on a pallet. Direct contact with the floor may transfer chemicals from concrete or surrounding containers. The chemical transfer can occur during flooding or just direct concrete to bucket contact. Some of the chemicals in concrete are said to break-down plastic.

#7 Don’t stack buckets more than three high, or the lids may crack. You can get away with stacking a maximum of 5 buckets high if you use a board between each column of buckets to redistribute weight.

#8 Food-grade buckets are excellent to protect food and supplies from physical damage. Mylar bags are an excellent oxygen barrier but they are weak. Put them inside buckets for an armored layer.

#9 Buckets normally keep rodents at bay. Mice and rats make short work of Mylar bags.

#10 Don’t’ store foods high in fat inside buckets. Avoid Storing food with high-oil or fat content in an oxygen-free bucket. It doesn’t extend shelf life by much. For example, brown rice still has the husk and natural oils on it, so you will get a maximum of 18 months shelf-life before the fats go rancid. On the other hand, white rice has the husk and oils removed, so you can get a year shelf life if properly stored.

#11 To get maximum shelf-life, line buckets with Mylar Bags and use Oxygen absorbers to remove oxygen from containers.

#12 Consider using desiccants to remove excess humidity, especially if you live in a high humidity location.

#13 Tag Your buckets with the type of food stored and date, or you will forget what’s inside.

#14 Only put one type of food in each bucket to keep away off-flavors or reactions between unlike foods

#15 30 Year Shelf-life, 5-gallon buckets lined with sealed 5+mil Mylar bag(s) and oxygen absorber(s) will store dry-foods like white rice, dried beans, wheat berries, and rolled oats for 30+ years.

#16 Whole grains have an exponentially longer shelf life if they are left unprocessed. For example, white flour will last 5+ years in a sealed 5-gallon bucket, but wheat berries left unprocessed will store for 30+years

#17Use Gamma Lids on buckets you access regularly

#18Use small Mylar Bags for smaller portions. 5–gallon buckets with the full-sized Mylar bag of 18″x 24″ expose a lot of food at once. Use smaller Mylar bags, so you expose less food to oxygen when you open a bag.

If you go with smaller Mylar bags consider using lidded plastic bins for storage and leave the food-grade buckets for the larger bags to maximize storage space.

#19 Store Foods You Eat, avoid storing foods that you haven’t eaten before. I learned the hard way when I purchased a 50lb bag of quinoa nobody would eat.

#20 Rotate Buckets With FIFO, use the first in, first out method used by restaurants, basically eat the oldest food first. When storing food for long-term storage, it’s a good idea to eat and cook with foods you will use during an emergency. That way, you will have honed the skills necessary to make meals.

#21Use A Bucket Wrench when you remove lids unless you’re a sucker for pain. Pulling the lids off without a wrench hurts. These wrenches are also called Paint bucket openers, you can find them at big box stores.

#22Do Not Use Oxygen Absorbers When Storing Sugar, it’s unnecessary, and it will turn sugar into stone.

Supplies for storing food in food-grade buckets

9 Supplies To Store Food In Buckets With Mylar Bags

#1Five Gallon Food-grade Bucket and Lid

You can get these in all price ranges. If I was using buckets with no Mylar bags, I might splurge for higher quality pales, but as it is I get the cheapest food-grade buckets I can find. Most of mine come from Walmart’s hardware section.

#2Mylar Bag for 5 Gallon Bucket

The 18″x 28″ Mylar Bags are the superstars of my pantry. Look for bags that are 5 mils or thicker. They are a little tougher, and they don’t let lite in that can oxidize the goodies in the bag. 18″ x 24″ bags fit well in a 5-gallon bucket with an excess bag at the top, so you can reuse the bags if you choose to.

Another typical size is 18″x also specifically for 5-gallon Buckets,” and 20″ x 30″, which fits 5 and 6-gallon buckets. Personally, I think the 20″x30″ bags are a little sloppy for 5-gallon buckets.

#3One Gallon Mylar Bags

These aren’t a requirement but I like to have them on hand to put extra dry goods into. I almost never fit one bag of food in a 5-gallon bucket, I usually have a little leftover but not enough to fill another food bucket.

For example, if I have three 12 lb bags of dry beans, I know a 5-gallon bucket will only hold 33lbs. I put the extra 3 lbs in 1-gallon bags and store them in plastic bins.

#4Oxygen Absorbers

Use cc absorbers for full-sized 18″ x 28″ Mylar bags and 5-gallon buckets.

You can use multiples of smaller absorbers, say four CC absorbers to get cc, but I prefer to use the correct size.

Use to cc for one-gallon bags. You can use but I prefer to use for a little overkill.

Don’t forget to put your Oxygen absorber(s) in the bag before sealing. It is a pain when you remember after the fact and have to cut and reseal the bag. I know because I’ve done it.

I don’t practice what I preach but try to purchase the amount of absorbers you need for a specific job. I reseal mine in Mylar bags but it’s better to use them all at once and buy new ones.

You have about thirty minutes before absorbers activate and start to lose capacity.

#5A Household Iron or Hot Jaw Sealer

To seal a Mylar bag, I use a Household iron. Just set the household iron to the highest setting or temperature, and let it heat up. My wife was worried that the Mylar would melt onto the iron, but this hasn’t happened.

If you want to spend the money, purchase a hot jaw sealer used specifically for sealing Mylar bags, or you can use the type of iron used for straightening hair.

#6Stick or Board For Sealing Mylar Bag

This can be any flat wood board with a straight edge. My go-to board is a 1″x3″ pine board cut to size. You can use anything you have lying around. Even a broom handle would probably work.

#7Sealable Bucket Lids

Most of my lids are basic and inexpensive. If you plan on accessing a bucket regularly, you might want to check out Gamma lids.

Gamma lids have a screw top that allows you to remove part of the lid without removing the outer rim. I have never used them because they are expensive.

You may be tempted to skip lids, but I advise against it. Without lids, vermin like mice can chew through your delicate Mylar bags and get into your food.

#8Labeling Materials

Most of the time my buckets are labeled with a permanent marker.

Write really small, and you can just cross out the information the next time you use the bucket. Or purchase labels for the extra expense.

#9Dry Goods or Bulk Food

Keep in mind you want to store foods with 10% moisture or less.

Use the list above to determine how much food will fit into each bucket. This will allow you to figure out how many buckets, lids, oxygen absorbers, and Mylar bags you need based on the number of buckets you will use. This process is much smoother if you plan.

Storing Food In Mylar Bags and Buckets: 7 Easy Steps

Food Grade Bucket and Mylar Bag

#1 Open your Mylar bag and put it in the 5-gallon bucket

Get your bucket, open your bag, and place it inside the bucket. Filling buckets with food is much easier to do if you have some help, but I did lbs of food by myself, so it’s definitely doable.

Black Beans and Mylar Bag

#2 Dump your rice or other dry goods in the bag

Pour your food into the bag. As you fill the container, gently pull the Mylar bag up a bit and let it fall back into the bucket to compact the rice, beans, or whatever food you are storing.

If you have some off-size bags of food, you may have more than you can put in the bucket. I remedied this by having 1 gallon Mylar bags handy that I could put excess food into.

Leave about 2″ of space in the top of the bucket.

Don’t overfill. I filled one bucket with black beans and accidentally mounded beans higher than the bucket edge. I couldn’t get the lid on after sealing the bag.

 cc Oxygen Absorber

#3 Place oxygen absorber in
the bag

Place your O2 Absorber into the top of the bag. I forgot to do this with a bag of rice and had to open it back up. Double-check to make sure you put an absorber in the bag.

Once your bag of absorbers is open to the air, they activate. You have about 30 minutes to get your bags filled with food and sealed with the absorbers.

I keep leftover absorbers in a sealed Mylar bag when I’m done with them.

Keep in mind that you can’t use too many oxygen absorbers. Extra absorbers won’t hurt anything, but they are an added expense.

For a 5-gallon bucket use a cc Oxygen absorber.

Container SizeOxygen Absorber Size
1-Gallon Mylar Bag to cc
5-Gallon Bucket or 18×28″ Mylar Bagcc
Sealing Mylar Bag With Household Iron

#4 Heat seal the Mylar bag

I use a regular household iron to seal my bags. If you don’t mind spending extra money, you can purchase a Mylar bag sealer.

If you use a Household Iron, put it on the hottest setting. On my iron, that is the setting for linens.

I fold the bag over a 1″x 3″ board or some other straight edge.

Seal the bag once the iron is hot. Push as much air out of the bag as you can.

Seal the bag towards the top so you can reuse it multiple times.

You can tell your bag is sealed when you can’t push air out of the bag. It may be puffy, but that’s nitrogen. Just make sure you can’t squeeze the air out. That indicates a broken seal. If this happens, just start over.

#5 Press your lid onto the Container

Gently fold your bag into the bucket, so it’s not hanging over the edge. You don’t want to cut the bag when you put on the lid.

Some people find it useful to use a rubber mallet to put the lid on. I was worried I’d crack my lids, so I pressed them on and tapped them with the heel of my hand. Do whatever works best for you.

#6 Put date packaged and food type on the bucket

Make sure to put the date and type of food on each bucket, or you will forget what’s inside. Imagine coming back to a stack of food buckets 5 years from now with no information. You would have to break the seal to find out what food is inside.

I write the information directly on the bucket and the Mylar bag with a permanent marker. I don’t trust labels or tapes to last 20+ years.

If you end up using the bucket of food, scratch-out the information and write the new info in another spot.

#7 Ideal storage for 5-gallon food buckets

The ideal storage temperature for long-term food storage is 75° F or less but do your best with the storage space you have.

Avoid storing buckets in the garage or an outside shed. Heat and fluctuations in temperature reduce shelf-life by decades.

The best storage environment for long-term foods is cool, dry, and dark.

Try not to store your buckets more than 3 high or you might crack the lids. You can stack buckets 5 high if you put boards between each row of buckets to re-distribute weight.

Ideally, your buckets are stored up off the floor. Especially in a basement, plastic in the bucket can interact with chemicals in concrete, and there is a greater chance of flooding or water backup.

5 Gallon Bucket: 11 DIY Emergency Survival Kit Ideas

Five-gallon buckets are great waterproof storage containers for emergency kits, survival food, emergency tools, and supplies. They are inconspicuous, water-proof, and airtight. Imagine carrying a food-grade bucket out to your car filled with ammo and pistols vs. in a tactical bag. It’s less noticeable.

The only time buckets don’t work for survival storage is if you are bugging out on foot. Check out the following kit ideas to get the juices flowing. Mix and match the supplies to fit your most likely emergency scenario.

#1 72 Hour Emergency Kit In a 5 Gallon Bucket

Store food, water, emergency lighting, hygiene, and first aid supplies in your bucket(s). You may be able to get away with just one 5-gallon bucket depending on your family’s size and what you actually store.

Included in a 72 Hour emergency kit suggested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Food and Water, 1 gallon of water per person per day, and calories of non-perishable food per person per day. Store canned foods or the more expensive freeze-dried backpacker meals.

Emergency Lighting: flashlight, headlamp, extra batteries, light sticks, matches, candles, battery-operated lanterns, and LED string lights

Hygiene supplies, including soap, shampoo, hand lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, washcloth, and 5-gallon contractor bags

First Aid Supplies, including a first aid manual

Communication,Hand-crank radio, whistle, can-opener, paracord, gloves, emergency charging station, paracord, safety glasses

#2Weapons KitIn a 5 Gallon Bucket

Go “gray man” and store pistols, ammo, gunsmith tools, cleaning kit, and other range gear in a bucket. Include knives and a sharpening kit. Consider moving long-guns in corrugated boxes.

#3 Emergency Shelter Kit In a 5 Gallon Bucket

Store items such as an ultralight tent, Mylar sleeping bags, military poncho, hammock, emergency blankets, lightweight tarps, bivy sack, sleeping roll, tent stakes, and parachute cord.

#4Power Outage KitIn a 5 Gallon Bucket

Includes flashlights, headlamps, batteries, candles, matches, a lighter, extension cords for a generator, and directions on how to disengage your garage door or use special equipment like generators.

#5Sanitation KitIn a 5 Gallon Bucket

Including sawdust for an emergency toilet, toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, and contractor grade trash bags. Throw in personal protection equipment (PPE) for good measure.

#6Hygiene Kit In a 5 Gallon Bucket

With soap, shampoo, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, water filter, hair cutting kit, disinfecting wipes, nail clippers, and feminine products.

#7Medical KitIn a 5 Gallon Bucket

  • adhesive tape
  • ace wrap bandages
  • bandages of various shapes and sizes
  • super glue
  • tourniquet
  • cloth bandages
  • an arm sling
  • aluminum finger splint
  • instant cold packs
  • cotton balls
  • duct tape
  • petroleum jelly
  • plastic bags
  • safety pins, scissors
  • tweezers
  • hand sanitizer
  • antibiotic ointment
  • antiseptic towelettes
  • eyewash solution
  • thermometer
  • turkey baster for flushing wounds
  • hydrogen peroxide, sterile saline
  • PPE mask
  • first aid manual
  • medications like calamine lotion, antidiarrheals, laxatives,s, and pain relievers.

Information Compliments of the Mayo Clinic

#8Fire Starting KitIn a 5 Gallon Bucket

Include multiple methods of starting a fire, kindling, newspapers, matches, lighter, Ferro rod, waterproof matches, candles, tinder, cotton balls, lint from your dryer, vaseline, fatwood, jute, bow-drill set, a clean coffee can, and directions for different types of fire-starting methods and ways of stacking fuel.

#9Emergency Tool Kit In a 5 Gallon Bucket

Store wrenches and other tools for emergency water and electrical shut-off. Make your tool buckets for specific types of vehicles like your car, a bug-out boat, or for specific scenarios like power outages at home or a transition from electric to manual utilities like generator usage, hand-pumping well water, or for physical damage like water shut-off in case of a pipe burst.

Also, have a list of directions on setting stuff up with the location of power and water shut-offs.

#10Emergency Sprouting KitIn a 5 Gallon Bucket

Keep sprouting seeds, ball jars, and lids for sprouting. Sprouting can be used at any time but is most useful during the winter months.

Store seeds specifically for sprouting. They are processed differently than seeds you plant in the garden.

#11Emergency Fishing KitIn a 5 Gallon Bucket

Fishing line, hooks, and lures include a cast net to catch live bait. Crawdad traps, clam digging gear, snorkel gear, or any other tools that will help you forage aquatic wildlife in your area.

Have directions on how to fish or catch specific species in your area, notate seasons, locations where you have had luck in the past, the best fishing methods.

Store the gear to make and repair what you need, like specific types of plastic bates, jig heads, hooks, and repair kits for the tools you depend on to catch food.

#12Emergency Water Supply KitIn a 5 Gallon Bucket

Use to move water or store water treatment chemicals, water filters, hand pumps, pots for boiling water, and anything else you need to get water in a power outage, or the event ground-water is contaminated.

Make sure to include directions for treating and boiling water.

Where Can I Get Free Food-Grade Buckets?

Get buckets for free at locations most likely to store food in them.

Check your local bakeries, restaurants, coffee shops, donut shops, and delis, to name just a few. As long as chemicals weren’t stored in the buckets after food storage, you can clean them and use them in your long term storage.

Purchase buckets in bulk on-line or at big box stores like Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Tractor Supply, or at online package companies like U-line.

Get to prepping and stay salty my friend!


A Guide To Food Storage For Emergencies, Extension Utah State University, Downloadable PDF

For a comprehensive list of what should go in your 72 Hour emergency kit check out

USA Emergency, Oxygen Absorbers, Recommended CC Amounts By Storage Container Type PDF


Encore makes the buckets for Lowes. They do not use BPA in their containers. They do state that their recycled buckets (eco-blend brand, black in color) are not food grade, but the Lowes buckets are not marked as "made from recycled material" and are not those buckets.

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Also know, are Lowe's buckets food grade?

White buckets manufactured by Encore Plastics are considered safe. Lowes: White buckets by Encore Plastics are food-safe, and the website states “food grade” in the title of the item (#; $/each; photo above).

Also Know, are paint buckets food grade? And lastly, when something is put in the bucket that is a nonfood type product such as paint, chemicals, and such things, this also makes them so they are no longer food grade. HDPE plastic is slightly porous and will absorb these chemicals which will gradually leach back into any food you place in the bucket later.

Also, what is the difference between a food grade buckets and regular buckets?

The difference between food grade and non-food grade is the types of dyes used for coloring and the type of chemicals used to release the buckets from the molds. The store you purchase them from should tell you if there are food grade or if they contained food products. Most food grade buckets are white.

Are Walmart buckets food grade?

According to sources I have checked, the white encore plastics buckets from walmart are food grade.

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Are all 5 gallon buckets food grade?

Yes, you can use 5 gallon buckets, but make sure they're food grade. Ensure whatever weight you're using is also food grade quality.

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Also asked, are Home Depot 5 gallon buckets Food Safe?

Five-gallon buckets with lids are light, stackable, portable, and reusable, and have become an industry standard for use at big cocktail conferences and events. Probably the most commonly misused bucket is the Home Depot "Homer" bucket in its signature bright orange color. These are not rated safe for handling food.

Subsequently, question is, what is the difference between food grade buckets and regular buckets? The difference between food grade and non-food grade is the types of dyes used for coloring and the type of chemicals used to release the buckets from the molds. The store you purchase them from should tell you if there are food grade or if they contained food products. Most food grade buckets are white.

In this way, are Lowes 5 gallon buckets food grade?

The buckets are food grade and clean up nicely with a little hot water and some Oxiclean or PBW soak removes any trace of frosting aroma.

Where can I get 5 gallon food grade buckets for free?

People have had success picking up five gallon buckets for free at the following stores:

  • Dunkin Donuts.
  • Tim Hortons.
  • Chick-Fil-A.
  • Sam's Club.
  • Wendy's.
  • The bakery at Kroger.
  • The bakery at Walmart.
  • The bakery at Meijer.
Food Grade Buckets vs Non Food Grade Buckets for Long-term Food Storage

Food Grade Buckets, for FREE

food grade buckets for free

Food grade buckets are a highly wanted commodity in the preparedness word. They have so many different uses, it is unbelievable!  Right now, we are using them 5 different ways in our house!  The hard part is&#; they can be very expensive, or difficult to find at times.

Good news!  I figured out how you can get food grade buckets for FREE!

Yes&#; FREE.

It just takes a little bit of investigating and some asking around.  I&#;ll teach you.

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How to get food grade buckets for free

First off, I&#;m referring to gallon buckets, NOT 5 gallons.  Now, before you get all frustrated, let me tell you, I ONLY wanted the 5-gallon buckets at first too. Then I changed my mind.  Here&#;s why:

  1. They are smaller and fit in small storage places better
  2. Easier to move around and manage
  3. When filled with wheat, they are much more manageable to lift for us women.  I&#;m not saying we are weak, I&#;ve run a marathon, remember?  I&#;m just saying since they are shorter, they are easier to lift and stack on one another when they are more light weight.
  4. Hello, did I say FREE?

So, here are the steps to getting FREE food grade buckets.

Download your FREE Food Storage Plan today (shopping lists and recipes included!)

Step 1:

Find a local grocery store bakery.  I have gotten them from Bakers, Walmart, and Hy-Vee.  But those are just the stores close to me, where you live their might be other ones.  It has to be a big bakery where they make goodies, and lots of them. The local neighborhood Walmart, is too small.

Step 2:

Go up to the bakery and ask them:

Do you have any empty frosting buckets?

Sometimes they ask you what size, or they bring out a small one gallon one.  Just ask if they have anything bigger.  Sometimes they have to ask their manager, or sometimes they just gave the last one away.  It took me 3 stores before I found one where I could consistently get buckets.

The 3 gallon buckets are about in high and the same in diameter.  I use them to hold our toys on our toy shelves, and they work great. Plus, it didn&#;t cost $15 a box that would break easily from my kids.  They dump out the toys and use them as step stools as well.

Download your FREE Food Storage Plan today (shopping lists and recipes included!)

Tips and Tricks

  • For some reason, some managers are picky&#; I&#;ve gone to a store a couple times and gotten buckets, but when they get a new manager he won&#;t give them away. This is frustrating because they just throw it in the garbage.
  • Most of the time the buckets are not clean, they have buttercream frosting in them.  So, on a nice warm day, head outside with water and soap and wash them out.  They&#;ll dry quickly and you can put them to use right away.  When I go to Hy-Vee, the buckets are already washed out, which is so nice!
  • Wintertime (here in NE) is a better time to find buckets.  In the spring and summer, people get them for garage storage and gardening, so it&#;s harder to get them.
  • If they don&#;t have them one week, try again, someone may have just picked up their last ones.

In Conclusion

These buckets are AMAZING!  I like to have at least 5 empty ones stored at all times for when something comes up, which usually does.  We are also going to start storing water in them, since they are easier to carry.   It may take you a few stores to find one that has them, but don&#;t give up.  It is definitely worth it!

Have you gotten buckets at a store near you?  If so, comment on what town and store below so we have an idea of where to look.

Download your FREE Food Storage Plan today (shopping lists and recipes included!)

Further Reading:

53 Uses for FREE Buckets
DIY hour Kit
Frugal Living

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We wrote an article back in with some suggestions for the type of places where you can pick up five gallon buckets for free. The general advice given there still applies, but it&#;s useful perhaps if we give you a list of stores where people have had success picking up five gallon buckets for free.

We definitely recommend getting buckets for free. You&#;re not just doing yourself a favor, these buckets you get for free would probably end up in a landfill somewhere, where they slowly decay. Nobody wants plastic to get into our environment!

To save you some work, we compiled a list of stores that hand out their buckets for free. We also have a list of stores that don&#;t hand them out. Some stores recycle their buckets, other send them back to the manufacturers, others might have their own reasons.

Stores that hand out free buckets

People have had success picking up five gallon buckets for free at the following stores:

  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Tim Hortons
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Sam’s Club
  • Wendy’s
  • The bakery at Kroger
  • The bakery at Walmart
  • The bakery at Meijer
  • Safeway

Stores that generally don&#;t hand out free buckets

Some places where people did not have success picking up five gallon buckets are:

  • Cosco &#; Apparently they return them to the manufacturer.
  • Walmart &#; Walmart tends not to be cooperative when you call them, but they do have buckets available if you visit the bakery.
  • McDonalds &#; They said they don’t give them out.
  • Golden Corral &#; Apparently don’t get any 5 gallon buckets.
  • SubWay &#; Don&#;t get their pickles in buckets.

This list is not complete. Hopefully some of you who managed to get their five gallon buckets for free can share your experiences in the comments below, so that we can add to it.

If all else fails

We really recommend trying to get your bucket for free, but if the above stores don&#;t get you anywhere, you can simply order buckets over at Amazon for a reasonable price too.



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Food Grade Buckets vs Non Food Grade Buckets for Long-term Food Storage

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