Found Affordable Jars!
I was shopping at Winco today, and noticed that canning jars seemed very affordable for this time of year. Regular pints were $6.50/case and half pints (plain, not quilted) were $5.50/case. They also have food grade plastic 5 gallon buckets and lids, and stackable 5 gallon water storage containers in the bulk food section.
Winco has locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, and Washington. Here is a link http://www.wincofoods.com/about/locations/
The prices don't compare with what you can find second-hand, but it has been tough to find anything around here... demand is high!!