Wednesday, May 26, 2010

100 Frugal Tips in 100 Days: Tip # 48

Tip # 48 Don't spend money on things you don't need!

This sounds so obvious, but the world has done a good job convincing us we need things that we really don't. Looking at kitchen items alone there are tons of gadgets that it is easy to fall into the trap of buying. Chances are you already have a knife/pot/bowl, etc that you can use just might take a little more of your time.

One example I can think of off the top of my head is a KitchenAid Mixer. I want one so bad!! But my 6 year old, $5 hand mixer works just perfect for what I need it for. Maybe someday I'll invest in a heavy duty mixer, but for now, I'll get along just fine with my little one.


  1. I know, I want one of the kitchenaids as well. However, I have the hand me down 70's style stand mixer that my grandmother gave me when I moved to college. It still works great and I've convinced myself to wait till it dies to get another stand mixer. Its hard though.

  2. or you could craiglist or buy a used one..... i put off getting it for a long time but i love it love it now!! I found a great deal on one because a friend of my mom's was moving overseas and didn't want to drag it across the ocean
    ... course i do a lot of baking and cooking.. and whipping potatoes... and making dressings... and i have the grater/slicer option and the juicer option and i love those too...

    but yeah there are tons and tons and tons of little kitcheny gadgets that aren't really expensive but they add up and you don't need them..

    for the kitchen i think buy quality even if it's more at first.. and be careful buying tools set up to do multiple tasks.... i'd rather have three things that do separate stuff then one thing that's supposed to do all three but barely does any of the jobs...