I feel like such a sucker. I had heard people talking about those foodsaver vaccuum packers, and thought that would be pretty cool. Then I flipped on the Food Netwrok Saturday morning, and they had one of those infomercials on. I never watch those things, but they were doing all kinds of cool stuff with that Food Saver. Pretty cool to vaccuum seal meats, I thought. And maybe veggies from the garden. Maybe even backpacking foods. Pretty cool, I thought. Cool.[p]When I was in Costco today to stock up on meat after reading about Dr. Chicken's shopping spree. Dang if that Food Saver Ultra machine didn't jump into my cart. Along with a big box of all different sized bags.[p]I am all geared up to vaccuum seal some of the babybacks, spare ribs, salmon, and filet mignons I bought.[p]Problem is, I feel like maybe it wasn't a great purchase. Kind of large and I have to find a place to store it. Kind of expensive at $179. But it vaccuum seals jars and containers if you get their special lids. Looks like it might be a hassle, but those vaccuum packed filets look pretty cozy in their air-free homes.[p]Here is the big question for those that have these vaccuum packers.[p]DO YOU USE THEM OFTEN??? Or do they just collect dust like that foot massage bath we bought?? Do they really allow you to store foods 3 to 5 times longer?? Did I do the right thing by dropping 180 bucks on this thing??[p]Confused in Fairfax.