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Planning ahead and expenses

November 8th, 2015 at 10:19 pm

We have been really good about our spending in this past month. Ridiculously good. Our spending with 2 kids is on Mr Money Mustache level. We spent about $2000 on everything outside our mortgage last month. We also spent $1000 on the dog but I don't consider that "us" spending. We got our grocery budget more in line and eating out too. A lot of money was spent on getting set up again and in October as well but we had a better handle on it and really the bulk was done in September.

But there a few expenditures this week which I found interesting. I bought myself 3 new silicon spatulas from amazon for $5.49, 8 piece pyrex baking for $15, and cake tray for $5.99. For some reason I lost in the move, or perhaps we threw out our old bakeware because it was in poor condition.

But I've noticed as we are cooking more a few things are not quite up to snuff. I find myself yearning to buy the cookie scoop and I always tell myself at Christmas I need to buy it because I hate doing cookies with spoons. But at the same time I know right now I shouldn't be spending money. I also would like to buy the stackable cookie racks. UGGH.

How do you budget replacement of items you either have but are old or never bought but want? In the past I'll admit I'd have bought it without blinking an eye. But right now we're very budget conscious and so I'm reluctant to spend money on anything.

The things I did buy I really need and the best home "investment" I ever did was buy in 2005 (year we got married) my calphalon cook set. OMG I think it was $550 for the set and I got the roasting pan, griddle, extra pan, etc and spent over $1k. But I have used it daily. I have used the pots and pans so much in 10 years that whatever I paid for it, it's returned to me in spades.

Before I bought it I remember my aunt pulled me aside and said "don't cheap out, but the best quality you can get for pots and pans because you'll use them forever. And you'll use them daily." Of course the one thing I didn't buy then was really good knife set something I'm still lusting for.

I think I might cave on the cookie scoop and maybe the racks too. But I'll resist everything else unless it happens to break or i can't find it. I also wanted to get a french press but that's again on the wish list.

What is your favorite kitchen tool/appliance you have? What is the most expensive appliance or tool and do you regret buying it? Or do you love, love, love it and would recommend it? I swear by my pots and pans and when people ask I say I still have mine and they are phenomenal.

8 Responses to “Planning ahead and expenses”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Maybe my coffee pod machine? That gets used daily and we paid $250 for it. Great buy.

  2. Liz Says:

    If you're a big cook, then it makes no sense at all to skimp on kitchen equipment. You can buy a great Henckels knife block from BB&B for $100, before one of the 20% off coupons. I bought mine 5 years ago and haven't even had to sharpen them yet. One day I'll upgrade to fancier knives, but as an avid cook, I highly recommend.

    I'm trying to think what my biggest kitchen splurge has been...somehow I think I've gotten them all as gifts. My KitchenAid mixer and food processor were both around $250 each but worth every penny. I didn't buy expensive pots (one day) but what I did get were a set of Farberware pots. They are identical to the ones that I grew up with, and at the time of my purchase, were almost 30 years old and going strong. Over 10 years later, mine are in perfect condition (and my mom's, at 40 years old, are still looking pretty great too).

    You can get the cookie scoop for a few bucks and it's useful for many other things as well.

    I love buying kitchen stuff!!!!

  3. snafu Says:

    I buy kitchen equipment at Hendrix Restaurant Equipment & Supplies, which permits individuals to use wholesale prices for better quality merchandise. I love the Wm Sonoma stuff but it's too pricy for my value system. Current, most expensive item in my kitchen is Breville toaster oven, worth every cent. Go back and forth on Kitchen Aide professional mixer. Had one, too heavy, took too much counter space ratio to my usage so when opportunity to sell for purchase price popped up, I let it go.

  4. livingalmostlarge Says:

    We have a senseo coffee pod I got maybe 5 or 7 years ago and use it daily for DH since he's the only drinker. We got it free with this offer at the time and while the pods are expensive it's cheaper than coffee out and easier for a single cup use which is all we need. It has been a great investment.

    I actually have henkels knives and I have had to sharpen them. They don't hold their edge well. I would love to wustof set. We have a few japanese knives but I they too aren't holding their edges well. I swear liz by my pots and pans. And the wok we bought is cast iron and amazing.

    Snafu is Hendrix only in your area? I do lust after the breville toaster oven. There are too many items which I would probably want to buy.

  5. snafu Says:

    Hendrix is across Canada, named only as example of wholesale, restaurant equipment & supplies. Have a look at on-line catalogues, listing items you'd like over time. I prioritize my list 1-10, changing as needs change. A lot of our stuff has worn out after 25 + years of nearly daily service and I'm enjoying the replacement process.

    [ I hope you know you can buy refillable pods for most single cup machines]

  6. Kiki Says:

    I love my Keurig - but that was a gift.

    I love my knives - an after thanksgiving sale for Henkles.

    Love my pots and pans - Calphalon from William Sonoma when I worked for them in college. WD has a life time guarantee. I did take one pan in three years ago and they gave me a new one.

    The cookie scoop is less than $5. Save your change and you can have it in no time and no guilt. Put it on your Christmas list...

    And I have a French press I never use. Would you like it? It is a nice one and a pretty Red color. I just don't use it.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Probably my most expensive item in my kitchen is my Ninja blender - and I bought that with a gift card when I graduated from grad school. I'm curious about the stackable cookie sheets ...

    I'd say make a list of everything you want. Price it out. Then reorder it by priority. Make a budget category for Kitchen Wishlist (or whatever you want to call it) and throw some money in it each month. Then when you have enough money to get an item on your wishlist, go ahead and get it! But what I'd also do is go through the list maybe once a month or so and decide if the item(s) still are worthy of the priority #, etc.

  8. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Snafu we have the refillable pod but my DH can taste the grains. He doesn't like it. This is the guy who doesn't like ice cream in freezer more than a week because he can taste the ice crystals or frozen leftovers. He does it to humor me, but he makes comments. So I figure cheaper than starbucks.

    kiki if you are nearby i'd love a french press. I want he multisize cookie scoops.

    Frugaltexan I will start a wish list. The stackble cookie sheets look cool.

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