I can't afford an electric sealer.. and if the SHTF.. there may be no electricity. Me being a big Google and coupon fan.. I found this site. http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Alvin-Vacuum-Sealer/ He shows you how to assemble. I got my brake bleeder from Harbor Freight. On sale 2 weeks ago.. $19.99. Used a 20% off coupon, $5.00 off coupon (mailed by harbor freight to customers) and a free flashlight coupon. (using coupons is another venture) Total cost= $12.99 Harbor freight bleeder http://www.harborfreight.com/brake-bleeder-and-vacuum-pump-kit-92474.html (not on sale now unless it is in one of their many sales flyers) 20% off coupon - http://dealspl.us/imageview.php?f=108017 Free Flashlight - http://dealspl.us/imageview.php?f=100306 Food Saver Jar Sealers- I use both wide mouth and small mouth jars. You can find the small mouth sealer at Bass Pro Shop.. but they do not have the large. I ordered direct from Food Saver.. as that was the only place I could find the wide mouth sealer. Since I was ordering.. I didn't worry about going to Bass Pro. Cost of both jar sealers- Lg - $9.99 Sm 7.19 = Total $17.18 forgot what shipping was. Coupon code to enter at checkout for: 20% off Code: upromisef20 Other coupon codes- http://www.coupon-b.net/Foodsaver.htm Anyway.. I ended up paying around $12 for both tops. (we did a multiple order) Total price for Non-electric sealer and 2 Food Saver Tops- LESS than $25. PLUS.. I have a free flashlight. dance: We use our sealer everyday!! Yesterday I made homemade crackers... stored the rest in a wide mouth quart jar. Storing heirloom corn seed tomorrow, after it comes out of the freezer.