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Dollarama Slide Seal Medium Freezer Bags: Product Review

I like shopping at Costco much more than I do at Dollarama, but I do occasionally enjoy my visits there. It often affords me the opportunity to buy my son a small, inexpensive toy that doesn’t burst my wallet, and that makes his day. My visit there yesterday, however, was to purchase something quite mundane and quite useful: freezer bags. The best deal is on Dollarama Slide Seal Medium Freezer Bags, which are available at a cost of $1.25 (plus taxes) for 12 bags, or just over 10 cents each. Each bag measures 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm (or 8 x 8 inches, more or less). They’re a perfect size for a wide variety of things in the kitchen, including meat, fish, sauces and prepared meals. These bags are branded ‘Seal Store’ but I’m pretty sure this is a brand that belongs to Dollarama.

Dollarama Slide Seal Medium Freezer Bags

Dollarama Slide Seal Medium Freezer Bags

By way of comparison, these Ziploc-brand medium freezer bagsĀ cost about 15 cents each when bought on the website (they’re probably cheaper at Costco), and they’re quite a bit bigger.

A first view, these freezer bags sound like a pretty good deal; the plastic is quite thick, as it should be for a freezer bags, and the slider works surprisingly well. The slider is supposed to offer a ‘dual seal’ to help keep food fresh, just like the Ziploc.

Of course, the packaging encourages you to take the air out of the bags before sealing and freezing, but I’m sure you know that. Personally, I either use a straw or just suck the air out if I’m planning long-term storage; if i’m not planning that, I don’t really bother.

These bags are, obviously, freezer and fridge-safe -they’d better be! – as well as being microwaveable. I’m not a fan of microwaves, and even less of cooking plastic in them, so I can’t vouch for that.

Overall, I’m quite satisfied with these bags, as well as with their price, but I must mention that my wife made a batch of spaghetti sauce recently, and froze it in batches in these bags – the reason for my visit to Dollarama. While the bags have not leaked, as they are placed full and upright, the freezer smells quite strongly of spaghetti sauce, even though there is no spill. This leads me to believe that in this case at least, these Dollarama Slide Seal Medium Freezer Bags are not nearly as airtight as they could be.

Ziploc Space Bags at Costco

I’ve always wanted these. I think it’s my inner hoarder that’s talking when I say things like that. For me, Ziploc Space Bags are just something that would allow me to accumulate more stuff.

I know, they are supposed to be used, at least according to the infomercial, to store extra pillows, blankets and winter gear during the summer. For me, it would just mean that my closet has gotten bigger, and can now hold more stuff.

So imagine my surprise when I saw them at not one, but two of my local Costcos. The 15-bag box (various sizes) costs, at the time of this writing, $22.99 which for some reason seems expensive. Does anyone remember how much they were sold for when they were advertised on TV?

Ziploc Space Bags at Costco

Ziploc Space Bags at Costco

According to the box’s claims, each package has enough boxes to hold the following:

  • 10 Pillows
  • 5 Comforters
  • 3 Jackets
  • 6 Shirts
  • Between 65 and 77 sweaters, although I find that’s an oddly specific number

I’m sure it’s a great deal, but I’m trying to get to a point in my life when I can start saying goodbye to things that have followed me around for much too long already, so I will not be buying these.

Not before I can prove to myself that I can actually get rid of things.

Not even if Ziploc’s Space Bags go on special at Costco. In their case, probably liquidation, but whatever.