Preparing food at home is almost always the go-to choice for frugal families looking to eat healthy without breaking the bank. Here are ten kitchen gadgets that will not only help you make the most of your kitchen but in the process will save you money!
Rundown: The “Magic Bullet Blender” provides a tremendous value for its price. As of writing, the Magic Bullet is available from Amazon for 20% off its retail value. I don’t know how long this deal will be available, so now seems as good a time as ever to pick one of these up. The “Magic Bullet” facilitates a variety of kitchen tasks such as chopping, mixing, blending, whipping, grinding and more. The Magic Bullet product line is super versatile so smoothies, omelets, sauces, and dips are only the beginning. How it saves you money: Have you ever bought a smoothie at a juice shop or cafe? If you have, you know they’re far from cheap, typically ranging from around 5-7 dollars. Plus, smoothies are just one of the products that the Magic Bullet allows you to make from home. I’d be surprised if this baby didn’t pay for itself in the first year of ownership. Kitchen gadgets like this are worth every penny!
Rundown: A good bread maker is, in my opinion, one of the most overlooked appliances out there. “White, wheat, sourdough, country, French or even homemade jam — the HomeBaker Bread Machine from Hamilton Beach will do it all. Making artesian breads at home has never been easier or more foolproof.” The machine offers 12 different settings, including a gluten-free setting. And don’t just stop with bread, use the Hamilton Beach Bread Maker to “make pizza dough, cakes, jams, flatbreads, and croissants.” How it saves you money: According to Bread Machine Diva, a loaf of bread only costs about $0.85 to make with a bread maker. Yes, 85 cents for a loaf of bread. If any of your household members consume bread at all, the savings and convenience factor of this bread machine is a no-brainer. Make bread and save bread!
Rundown: Don’t let another bag of chips go stale! Keep anything that came packaged in a plastic bag lasting much longer, and free from any moisture or insects. “No need to buy extra storage bags or sealing clips anymore, just use the original bag instead and reduce food waste.” This handheld bag sealer features a magnetic strip on the back to securely latch to your refrigerator, or magnetic cabinet when not in use and also offers a “100% MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE” so you can get a full refund if not satisfied. How it saves you money: The savings are obvious with this one. By the time you’ve saved one or two bags of food from going bad or getting contaminated, the iProtech Handheld Heat Bag Sealer will have pretty much paid for itself.
Rundown: The Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker is a basic coffee maker providing everything you need and nothing you don’t. Features a “dual water window” which “allows visibility as you fill—no more overflows.” This household coffee maker is highly rated and costs less than what most households pay for coffee every week!
How it saves money: The savings alone from using this home coffee brewer as oppose to getting coffee at a cafe outweigh the coffee machine’s price tag after just a week of use or even less, depending on the number of household members, cost of coffee, etc.
Rundown: The Flip-It Bottle Emptying Kit “eliminate[s] waste while saving time and money,” simply by harnessing the power of gravity. This Deluxe Bottle Emptying Kit “fits most plastic standard screw-top bottles worldwide – from 4 oz up to gallon bottles,” and is reusable, food grade, dishwasher safe, and BPA free! The system allows you to easily transfer from one bottle to another with no funnel required. The 12-Piece Kit includes “6 Purple Flip-It! Dispensing Stands, which can be used alone on bottles with XL necks, or used with one of the Adapters for bottles with smaller neck sizes (includes 2 Large, 2 Medium and 2 Small Adapters, two full sets re-usable leak proof gaskets) and a free storage mesh bag” How it saves you money: The Flip-it Kit is super reusable and should last for a long time. Over the span of its life, it will save a huge amount of condiments from going to waste.
Rundown: The ArT Wine Preserver uses pure argon gas, the “gold standard in wine preservation” to displace oxygen in wine bottles, allowing the user to open bottles for a glass and seal it back with no worries of oxidation or contamination. How it saves you money: A single can of ArT Wine Preserver can be used up to 130 times, preserving a maximum of 40 bottles! The value here is crystal clear, as preventing just one bottle of wine from oxidation would most likely make the purchase worthwhile.
Rundown: The PriorityChef Knife Sharpener is a cheap, safe, effective, and versatile solution to keeping your kitchen knives razor-sharp. How it saves you money: kitchenknifeguru.com states that on average, a professional knife sharpening service would cost 6-10 dollars per knife. This means by just sharpening your set of kitchen knives once makes purchasing the PriorityChef Sharpener a worthwhile investment.
Rundown: The Brita Water Pitcher frees you from overpriced and wasteful bottled water- “the filter reduces chlorine (taste and odor), Copper, mercury, zinc and cadmium impurities found in tap water for cleaner, great tasting water. ” This kitchen gadget is BPA Free and is designed to fit perfectly on most refrigerator shelves.
How it saves you money: “one Brita water filter can replace 300 standard 16 oz. water bottles which saves you money and reduces plastic waste.”
Rundown: The SodaStream is a standalone water carbonation machine, powered only by a refillable Co2 carbonator. No batteries, no wires, no complicated setup. The simplicity and convenience of this gadget is what makes it so appealing.
How it saves you money: No overpriced bottled sparkling water. (plus no plastic waste) Use good old tap water, or even better, use filtered tap water from your Brita pitcher! (see #8)
Rundown: The king of kitchen gadgets. The Instant Pot 6-in-1 brings so many possibilities to the table. (no pun intended) Saves time, energy, space, and money by combining six common household appliances into one unit.
How it saves you money: The Instant Pot 6-in-1 is very attractively priced and saves the consumer a ton of money by only having to buy one appliance instead of 6, not to mention the energy savings.