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I was using one of my favorite thrifty kitchen tools in the kitchen the other day when a thought struck me “I wonder if I could list 10 kitchen tools I own that are thrifty in nature”, and so this post was born.
10 Kitchen Tools Thrifty People Own
1. A Spatula
A spatula has filled many a peanut butter sandwich that would have gone empty if filled with a knife that isn’t able to get into the edges of the bottom of the jar like a spatula. I don’t want to think of the 100’s of wasted pancakes that would have been washed away in the batter stage if it were not for my spatula.
2. Popcorn Popper
A bag of popcorn kernels is so much cheaper than buying microwave popcorn. Plus our air popcorn popper (this is a link to the exact popcorn popper we own and I LOVE it) lets us decide how much butter and salt we want on it which is healthier for us.
3. Ice cube trays
When the ice maker broke on our fridge, I knew it was going to be $50 just to get the repair guy out to look at it and then who knows how much more to fix it . Instead, I bought a set of 4 ice cube trays ( link to the exact set we own) and fill them once in the morning and once at night in hot weather and we have plenty of ice without the expense of the repair.
We use and refill a foaming soap dispenser for the dishes we wash by hand. This saves our family $100 a year as our teenager was using way too much of soap when he did the dishes.
5. Crock Pot
Not only is a crock pot (link goes to same brand as ours but not a product match) energy efficient but it can also make an inexpensive yet tough piece of meat soft and tender. If you face a busy day ahead a crock pot can also save you money when you come home to a hot meal instead of grabbing dinner out.
6. See through glass containers for leftovers
I love my pyrex glass wear for leftovers ( I also own some anchor wear containers, but I do find their lids don’t last as long). It allows me to see in a simple glance in the fridge what leftovers we have to eat up for lunch.
7. Plenty of cloth rags for spills
My name is Victoria and I am addicted to knitting dish cloths. However my habit saves us money in the kitchen as I grab my ample dish cloth supply to clean up spills instead of paper towels. No we are not a 100% paper towel free home but having a good supply of cloth rags to clean up spills does reduce the amount of paper towels we use substantially.
8. Toaster oven
Cooking a meal just for one? The oven is so expensive to heat up for one chicken breast and a lonely baked potato. Instead I pop them in my toaster oven (link goes to our prior model that we had for years and years before our current model,and I am going back to it once our current one dies). Great to do enough toast for a family too.
I know some frugal folks will argue with me that it is even cheaper to make bread by hand than with a bread machine (link goes to same brand as one of ours but not same model), but if I didn’t have my 2 machines (yes two) I would not make all the different bread items I make to feed my family since my machine does all the work for me; except baking it, I do that part. (for tips on getting the most use out of your bread machine visit my bread machine tips page)
10. A mixed assortment of glasses
You might be scratching your head going, what does she mean “a mixed assortment of glasses”, how will that save me money. Here is how there are 5 people in my home, we have 5 different types of glasses (about 2 per person a few have 3), each person has claimed a type. Doing this has saved us a tonne on dish washing supplies (water and soap, and electricity to run the dishwasher). Each person gets out a clean glass in their style in the morning and keeps it for the day. No more wondering whose glass is whose and then putting them in the dishwasher after just one use to avoid cross contamination (ie; healthy child drinks out of glass of child with a cold).
3 Ways Thrifty People Purchase Kitchen Tools
Gift Cards Earned Through Point Programs
Thrifty people earn gift cards to Amazon, Walmart, Target and more through point programs like Swagbucks and Prize Rebel and use these to purchase the kitchen tools they need . These types of programs and more like them are great ways to stretch your budget further.
Discounted Gift Cards
Thrifty people purchase discounted gift cards from Cardpool or Raise.com to stores where kitchen tools are sold and use them to save anywhere from 2 percent to as much as 20 percent on their purchases before they even walk into the store.
Thrifty people love yard sales and often find small appliances such as bread machines still in great shape for 10% of the cost of new.