I love spending time in my kitchen coming up with yummy frugal recipes. Although you don’t always need the latest gadgets, sometimes it’s worth spending out on things to save yourself money in the long run. Over the years I’ve picked up quite a few kitchen gadgets, some useful, some not so useful and some I wouldn’t be without.
Top 5 thrifty kitchen items that will save you money.
I absolutely love my slow cooker! I use it at least 2-3 times each week. It’s a lot cheaper to run than an oven or the hob and makes the most delicious stews and curries.
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I am a make it up as you go along kind of person but sometimes this book gives me some awesome inspiration. Full of money saving meal ideas this is my favourite recipe book.
A coffee machine
You might find this one strange (unless you love coffee like I do) but our Senseo coffee machine actually saves us money. Instead of buying an expensive coffee out we now have the option of making one at home. It’s just as yummy but much cheaper.
Okay so again not necessarily an essential item for everyone’s kitchen but our Nutri Ninja comes in so handy. Any fruit that is past its best (but not mouldy) gets chucked in and blitzed into a delicious drink. I love making my healthy bounty super thick shake for breakfast!
Non battery powered scales
Battery powered scales just didn’t work for me. The batteries were always running low and I got fed up of replacing them. So I switched to a set of non battery powered scales and they have been with me for around 7 years now. No more buying batteries!
And a couple of not so useful kitchen items
Loads of people raved about bread makers a few years back so I jumped on the bandwagon and bought one. I don’t know if it’s just me but I didn’t like it! The loaves are a funny shape and half the time it didn’t work properly so I ended up getting rid. It’s a no from me!
I was gifted a halogen cooker & I used it for a while because it is meant to cost less to cook with than a regular oven. But in my opinion it used around the same amount of electricity and was a lot more fiddly to use.
What are your favourite thrifty kitchen items?