Super Handy Kitchen Tools I LOVE
When my husband and were flat broke (as in, six-figures-worth-of-debt-broke), we didn’t buy ANYTHING that wasn’t 100% necessary.
It didn’t matter if it was “only $5” or “the best deal we’ve ever seen”… we simply didn’t have the money to spend!
Over several years, we used our grocery budget to pay off that debt and to pay cash for a house. And even though we have more wiggle room in our budget now (not having a mortgage will do that for you!), we’re still very conscientious about how we spend our money.
I could honestly spend all day, and several paychecks, inside Williams Sonoma. I have to reign myself in when it comes to all the fun kitchen things!!
Because of this, I have two rules when it comes to buying kitchen tools:
- They have to serve more than one purpose.
- They have to withstand the test of time.
Rule number one means I can’t buy something that only does one thing… so unless you can think of a different way to use a cherry pitter or a strawberry huller, both of those are off my list.
A cookie scoop can be used for making meatballs AND cookies (and donuts!), so that is okay (and it’s why I own TWO!).
Rule number two means it can’t be a fad. That’s why I waited THREE YEARS to buy my Instant Pot… I wanted to wait to make sure it just wasn’t the latest trend.
I get the majority of my kitchen tools from Amazon for a few reasons:
- I have Amazon Prime, so I get free 2-day shipping.**
- I can read all the reviews – both good and bad – on all the different brands and versions of the tools.
- If I don’t like it, I can usually return it without an issue. (I do read the seller’s return policy before buying, just in case.)
** You can try Amazon Prime for FREE for 30 days and get free 2-day shipping too!! Just click HERE to get started.
Amazon Prime Day is next week – Monday, July 15th and Tuesday, July 16th – and it’s like Black Friday in July. There are TONS of great deals to be had, and I wanted to share with you the fun (but not necessary) kitchen tools that have made the short list of Crumbs-approved!
- KitchenAid Stand Mixer (we used gift cards from our wedding to pay for this)
- Blendtec High Powered Blender
- Mockmill Grain Mill
- Instant Pot
- Slow Cooker
- USA 1 ½ Pound Loaf Pan
- USA 1 Pound Loaf Pan
- USA Warp Resistant Steel Bakeware Set
- Immersion Blender
- Instant Pot Steamer Basket
- Planet Box Stainless Steel Lunchboxes
- Camelbak Waterbottle, Kids
- Camelbak Waterbottle, Adults
- Waffle Maker
- Cast Iron Skillet
- KitchenAid Flex-edge Beater
- Popsicle Molds
- Wooden Popsicle Sticks
- Baggie Holders
- ¼ Cup Cookie Scoop
- 1 ½ Tbsp Cookie Scoop
- Silicone Muffin Liners
- Gummy Bear Molds
- Silpat Mats
- Cooling Rack
And there you have it – that’s pretty much everything I own in my kitchen, LOL!!
Do you have any must-have kitchen tools that aren’t on my list? Hit “reply” and tell me what I missed, and why you love it!
PS – Remember that Amazon Prime Day is THIS COMING Monday and Tuesday!! There are TONS of good deals and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you get free 2-day shipping! If you’re not currently a member, you can try Amazon Prime for 30 days for FREE through this link, that way you’re all set to go when the sales are live next week!
8 Groceries I Buy From Amazon
Call me weird, but I actually LIKE to go grocery shopping.
I like to look at things, read the labels and ingredients, compare prices and see the competing brands on the store shelves.
Now I know that online grocery shopping has been a tremendous blessing for a lot of families, and I use it myself monthly… the convenience can’t be beat!
But since BUDGET IS KING, we have to be intentional even when we shop online. We have to compare brands and crunch the numbers and really make sure we’re getting the best deal on the things we need… and ONLY the things we need… and we have to guard ourselves when we’re tempted to add things to our cart because it’s easier than making a trip to the store.
(Psst… I’m not talking about the times when the whole family is vomiting, or family is unexpectedly coming in town and you’re working late all week, or the legitimate times when you absolutely cannot go to the grocery store. I’m talking about the times when you feel lazy… because you know what? Sometimes I feel lazy too! This is when we have to be careful and not let ourselves take the easy road simply because we don’t feel like doing the work. The BUDGET IS KING, and our shopping decisions should reflect that.)
After all these years, there are only a few places where I grocery shop online and one of my favorites is Amazon.
I keep a running list (on an app on my phone) of the things I always buy from Amazon because Amazon has the best price. (The fact that I’m an Amazon Prime member and get free 2-day shipping – sometimes ONE day shipping – is just a perk!)
I get asked often what I buy from Amazon, so with Amazon Prime day coming up (next week, July 15-16!!), I thought I’d share my list with you this week!
- Non-GMO Popcorn
- Einkorn All-purpose Flour
- Dried Elderberries (note, buy now while the price is so low!)
- Nettle Leaf
- Dairy-free Chocolate Chips
- Active Dry Yeast
- Real Salt
- Cassava Flour
- Sunflower Lecithin
- Oolong Tea
- Coconut Aminos
- Gluten-Free Baking Mix
- Coconut Oil
Obviously, I don’t buy everything on this list, every month. That 10lb bucket of salt will last me a year!
But these are the things that if I need them, I always buy them at Amazon because that’s who has the best deal.
And If I didn’t have a Costco nearby, I can guarantee you that list would be a whole lot longer… Here are my favorites that you can find on Amazon as well!
Do you buy groceries from Amazon? Hit “reply” and tell me what you typically add to your shopping cart!
PS – Here’s a tip from my husband to help you when you’re comparing prices: use an incognito window! Like so many online sites, Amazon recognizes your shopping habits and over time, they’ll only show you what THEY think you want to see. By using an incognito window first, you can get unbiased search results and compare prices at the same time.
PPS – Amazon Prime Day is like Black Friday in July. There are TONS of good deals and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you get free 2-day shipping! If you’re not currently a member, you can try Amazon Prime for 30 days for FREE through this link, that way you’re all set to go when the sales are live next week!
PPPS – I heard on the radio that if you spend $10 at Whole Foods, you will get $10 to spend on Amazon on Prime Day. Can someone say FREE MONEY?! If you’re leery of saving money at Whole Foods check out this post on Whole Foods vs. Trader Joe’s, this post on 9 practical ways to save money at Whole Foods, and this post on the best 11 things to buy at Whole Foods.