The Home Depot and Lowe's sell five-gallon buckets in store and online for less than $5 each. BayTecContainers.com sells a range of five-gallon buckets for less than $5 per bucket in multiple packs of three, six or 120.
One of the cheapest five-gallon buckets for sale as of November 2015 is The Home Depot's orange-colored, plastic Homer bucket for $2.97, with a separate matching leak-proof lid for $1.68. Lowe's dark-blue United Solutions plastic paint bucket retails for $2.98, with an optional matching lid for $1.28.
For food storage, Lowe's Encore Plastics white FDA-approved food-grade plastic bucket retails at just under $4.48, with an optional lid costing between $2.18 and $7.38.
BayTec sells a range of brightly colored everyday and food-grade plastic buckets with optional lids in multiple packs. Prices vary according to the volume purchased.