For my second installment of Splurge vs. Save I chose to focus on a room I spend ample time in, the kitchen! I love cooking and baking frequently and have acquired a few favorite items I use everyday. Just like every other room, I believe in investing in the products that have a long shelf life and saving when they probably wont last as long.
My biggest kitchen splurges are always on nice appliances. I use my Kitchenaid mixer every week and it has long surpassed its $350 price tag. This mixer can be used for more than just baking, but for homemade pasta and pizza dough. I also invested in a really nice blender, even though I still have yet to purchase a Vitamix, I don’t feel like I use my blender that much to spend over $400. The Ninja works great and is so easy to clean. Other appliances I couldn’t live without are a nice rice cooker (seriously the best invention!) and a food processor.
Another place I like to put some money into are great knives and cookware. Well made knives make such a huge difference in cooking. It can speed up the process and you can get such clean cuts you can’t get with crappy dull knives. The one major cookware item I use all of the time is a Le Creuset Dutch Oven. During the fall and winter I make a lot of soups, chicken pot pie and chili and this dish cooks everything to perfection.
The kitchen items I like to save on are all of the decorative accents and everyday items like cutting boards and dishes. Classic white dishes don’t have to cost a fortune and can be used for daily use or gatherings. I love all of the options at Crate and Barrel because you can buy them in sets, they are well made and classic in design.
Even though I have a serious Pinterest addiction, I still rely heavily on cookbooks for new recipes and cooking inspiration. These do not have to cost a lot of money and are great to save and tag pages for future use. Other inexpensive kitchen staples include cute dish towels and a large kitchen candle.
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