I've been thinking that it's time to start consolidating my food storage into manageable units. I had been resisting the idea of putting food into buckets, what with having to find food-safe buckets, liners, oxygen absorbers, etc. But I started looking around and decided that so many bags of rice, beans, flour, sugar, etc. had to be organized and safely stored, or else I was on the way to begin rodent farming. Not being much into dining on rodents, it was time to find some buckets.
I did some online searching. Man, there are lots and lots of places willing to sell buckets and lids. Many preparedness and survival sites with pricey buckets. Many industrial supply sites that sell by the pallet load. Being the "El Cheapo" that I am, I was determined not to overpay some bucket reseller. On the other hand, I don't think that my prepping is to the stage of needing a pallet of buckets.
I finally found what seems to be a good source which will sell in quantity from one bucket to thousands, and even has quantity discounts. US Plastics has economy food-grade plastic buckets for about three bucks each, about a dollar per lid, and about a buck per bucket shipping. All in all, I ordered twenty buckets and lids, which cost me just shy of a hundred and five bucks, delivered. They won't arrive for a few more days, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they are at least as well made as the "Homer Bucket" from Home Depot.
Although I decided not to upgrade to the heavy duty bucket with gasketed lid and other accessories, US Plastics does have them, along with many other bucket sizes. They are worth a look.