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Or where can I buy a cheap Modular Mates set??

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#1 Moneypenny2014

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:05 PM

Really wanting to organise our pantry and to date I have purchased some random clear plastic containers for our flour, sugar etc from Woolies. They do the job, but are quite mismatched (my fault for not buying all the same brand).
I'd love the Tupperware Modular Mates set but I cannot afford the $200+ price tag for the ones on EBAY.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Is there somewhere I can buy Tupperware items cheaper or are there other brands/sets out there that are available in full sets for a more affordable price?
Why does Tupperware with its coloured lids look so good LOL?!!!

#2 caesie'n'linc

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:08 PM


I have a couple of these sets but you can buy the containers individually too original.gif

Edited by caesie'n'linc, 09 April 2012 - 11:10 PM.

#3 wiggles

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:20 PM

I have the decor containers and they are doing the job ok for now. I plan on swapping them over to Tupperware (when I save up). Im keeping an eye out on eBay and garage sales.

They are exxy though.

#4 Moneypenny2014

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:28 PM

The Decor Sets look pretty good dont they.
I think the containers I have now might be Decor (or at least some of them).
They do the job but I have written the contents eg Caster Sugar in permanent marker on the side so I know what is in each. I saw on their website they sell tags but I've never found them in Woolies.
Why is Tupperware so expensive?! It looks fantastic but I wonder whether it is really that much better (to warrant a price difference comparing about $5 with $25 for a similar sized container).
I'd love to open my pantry and see all this neatly arrange food with coloured lids LOL!

#5 ~Nic~

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:33 PM

I like the Sistema Klip It range - and as a bonus, it's half price at Coles this week. They seem to get them on sale every couple of months at Coles, so I just grab a couple each time rather than buying them all in one hit.

#6 Chchgirl

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:34 PM

I like the Sistema containers, you can buy them in Woolies or a larger range in Big W, they are bpa free as well. I find them nice and solid, not expensive, I have quite a few now in all shapes and sizes.

#7 bringit

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:34 PM

i have the tupperware  ones. i love opening my pantry and seeing it all organised in the matching containers with the nice typed labels but they are expensive. what about the system brand?


i use these for lunches/leftovers etc and they are great don't leak etc....

If i had to redo my pantry again id probably try these instead of forking out for tupperware. Nothing i dislike about it, its just very exy for plastic!

#8 Moneypenny2014

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:42 PM

Oooh I've just found some cheap tupperware from the USA and also Malaysia on EBAY.
USA I feel comfortable with but I wonder if Malaysian Tupperware woudl be authentic even though they state it is

#9 lucky 2

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:47 PM

I find the Decor containers break/split easily as they are a bit "brittle". They warp easily too.
The Systema are good but the plastic clip handles are the weak spot as they can break off.
I'm in the process of switching to Tupperware modular mates, I haven't found anything better. They are strong, seal well and nothing to split or break in usual circumstances, ie dropping, which I do a lot (slippery fingers). I've been buying them over 2 years and I'm almost there.
I've still got lots of bits and pieces for dd's snacks etc and storing food in the fridge/freezer. I can't rationalise using Tupperware for everything.

#10 Moneypenny2014

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:50 PM

Yes actually that is a good point LuckyTwo, I've had sistema clips break off as well.
Also find that pasta sauces have stained our decor containers but I suspect that may happen to any plastic container

#11 KristyMum-

Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:57 PM

Op Shops
you can sometimes get base and seal but if only base or only seal you can order the matching bit (usually) through 'spare parts' for Tupperware.

Other than that try your local classifieds/Gumtree whatever it's called where you are.

I did our pantry out by becoming a demonstrator (long since stopped as in about 10+yrs ago lol, FTR, so no plugs happening).  Took me two parties (first party was $1k+) and I was done.  Not sure if it's an option but putting it out there.

There's a lot of nonTW options out there but even if you do it bit by bit, TW is worth it imo.

Just make sure that before you put stuff in them (like flour etc) you put the flour in the freezer 24hrs first.  Kills any eggs that might come in with the flour.  Not freezing explains why so many people blame the TW container when it suddenly fills up with moths - the eggs came in with the food, no fault of the container original.gif  it actually held the moths in wink.gif

The Lifetime guarantee is good and the stuff that goes back (last time I looked) was recycled.  which is a plus.

It IS still plastic though and you need to work out where that fits in with you.

We have TW, glass or stainless.  That's it.

Edited by KristyMum-, 10 April 2012 - 12:09 AM.

#12 bringit

Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:00 AM

QUOTE (Oilucy @ 09/04/2012, 11:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes actually that is a good point LuckyTwo, I've had sistema clips break off as well.
Also find that pasta sauces have stained our decor containers but I suspect that may happen to any plastic container

i have some stained tupperware from sauces sad.gif

#13 Natbub0610

Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:02 AM

QUOTE (~Nic~ @ 09/04/2012, 11:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like the Sistema Klip It range - and as a bonus, it's half price at Coles this week. They seem to get them on sale every couple of months at Coles, so I just grab a couple each time rather than buying them all in one hit.

Oh Krikey Nic, my bugbear!!!! I CAN NOT resist Sistema on Sale!!

Ok, I don't get the hype about tupperware but love this stuff anyway!!

off to Coles we go tomorrow!! if there's anything left, Coles and all supermarkets change their sales on Wednesday!! Thank for the tip

#14 KristyMum-

Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:06 AM

re any plastics with tomato staining, it's usually a combo of heat+tomato sauce and this answer is a rough idea on why some people won't reheat in plastic (TW or not).

I should add that the Rock n Serve rectangle/round range (although maybe now it's called 'Heat n Eat'?) I've only had a prob with sauce stains on the inside of the seals - ie not in the base itself.  ditto with the polycarb TW.  There's also max heat (ie 50% power/500 watt or something like that) etc that you're meant to use with them in the microwave so that comes into play too.

Edited by KristyMum-, 10 April 2012 - 12:12 AM.

#15 YellowPaper

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:12 AM

I use the ikea stuff: http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products...4018/#/70134020

Really good. And very affordable.

#16 laridae

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:32 AM

I did my pantry in decor containers recently as they were 1/2 price as Big W. They have the tags too.  A lot cheaper than Tupperware - cheap enough that you can replace a piece many times over for the cost of one tupperware piece.

#17 paddyboo

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:42 AM

I use Lock n Lock...love it!

#18 msro82

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:46 AM

We have purchased tupperware from ebay and it came from Malaysia. It is identical to what comes to australia. We did our whole pantry for half the price.

#19 Indi

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:47 AM

QUOTE (Oilucy @ 09/04/2012, 11:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oooh I've just found some cheap tupperware from the USA and also Malaysia on EBAY.
USA I feel comfortable with but I wonder if Malaysian Tupperware woudl be authentic even though they state it is

I've got heaps of Tupperware including a lot of Modular Mates, some bought locally, some from Malaysia and some from the US.  I started buying them maybe 8 years ago?  I can't tell the difference between any of them.  I like the Tupperware better than other brands, mainly for the lifetime guarantee (although I've never had to return anything).

#20 Lainskii

Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:50 PM

Can anyone confirm that the Tupperware does indeed seal properly. Before I look at getting some I want to make sure they do actually seal properly.

The decor 'stack, store and poor' range don't actually seal properly so things can get in and out. I only found this out 'after' purchasing a whole lot of it for my new kitchen.

The new decor 'real seal' (the ones with the white flip thing on them) do actually seal but these came on sale after I bought the old style ones.

The sistema don't seal properly either and I find the flips break pretty easily as well.

#21 Indi

Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:35 PM

QUOTE (Lani ♥ @ 10/04/2012, 08:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

I used to be a demonstrator (And basically became one so I could build up my collection) The reason it is so expesnive is because there is a lifetime gurantee (sp?) on it, you do not get this gurantee when buying it on EBAY (it is actually against Tupperware law to sell the stuff online if you are a demonstrator)

Interesting but how can they prove where it was bought?  A friend returned a drink bottle bought on ebay without any problems.

#22 heatherbell89

Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:33 PM

Ok I was a tupperware manager, and only stepped down because I was trying to become pregnant and it wasnt happening then when I found out I was pergnant with twins, I stopped being a demonstrator. (just to explain as to why im not one now)

THe person that said there is no lifetime warranty on ebay purchases - sorry but your wrong. TUpperware will replace new for old or when an item is not replaceable with a like item if it has a manufactoring fault ie it splits, peels or no longer seals. As long as the item is in fact tupperware, it will be replaced no questions asked.

It doesn't replace items which have been incorrectly used ie items not designed for microwave being used in microwave.

Lainskii - yes they do definately seal, it is like opening a brand new container of your food item when you open it. I have had taco shells in a container for hmmm over a year (can no longer eat tacos - long story) and they are hard and crunchy same goes for biscuits. You dont need to record the use by date on flour etc as it is completely sealed (provided you close the container properly) and therefore when you use some its exactly how it was when you put it in there.
If you have any other questions about it - dont hesitate to ask.

Oh and one of the best / cheapest ways to do your pantry (opther than becoming a demonstrator) is to have a party, usually during May they have huge sales on modular mates.That way you can see everything and how it works and earn free stuff - win win original.gif

#23 amesv

Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:15 PM

My pantry is half tupperware and half decor, I started using decor when I saw it on special at Big W 50% off, Target recently had it 50% off so I just stocked up again. I like to have everything in containers.

#24 Lainskii

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:52 PM

Thanks Heatherbell, I'll have to accept the next party I'm invited to and check the stuff out.

My DH got a free turbo chef with an order and I really love it for chopping stuff.

#25 starfire

Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:29 PM

I'm a bit mixed about tupperware, I can see why people love it but having owned tupperware before and knowing the expenses involved with it and how long it takes to build up your stock etc put me off. I also found that some of the containers did not really last as long as I expected despite it having lifetime warranty.

So with that in mind, I knew that I didn't want to spend over hundreds and hundreds of dollars on tupperware just to deck out my pantry and a few other cupboards. I wanted to do up my pantry in a short time and I am not too fussed about "brands" - I know that decor and sistema containers still do the job well.

Anyways, it is a bit of a personal choice, go with what you feel and what you know best for you.

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