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How To Spend less on Kitchen Utensils/Gadgets/Appliances.

Buying Kitchen gadgets and equipments can sometimes seem a bit like playing a game of monopoly. You invest big money and it sometimes yields little or no return on investment, or you spend stipends and you realise you just got yourself a great time saving tool at a bargain.

I have bought lots of equipments in the past and they ended up in the cupboard or countertop unused-lessons learned. I now always embark on a thorough research before I purchase any kitchen gadgets – trust me I have failed many times!

In finding out what you need in your kitchen, it is imperative to first classify your needs into different categories.

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I use the acronym DOREL;

D- Daily Use

O- Once a week use

R- Rarely use

E- Events use

L- Luxury items

This helps me prioritise my purchases and ultimately separate must haves from should haves .

You can use this method to immediately cut down on irrelevant items in your kitchen or anywhere else around your home.

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Here are some examples of some kitchen equipments that I classify under Dorel. You can work your way through yours.

Daily Use:

  • Electric kettle
  • Cast Iron pans/pots
  • Multi cooker
  • Slow Cooker
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Microwave
  • Coffee machine (Optional)
  • Salt/pepper mill
  • Oven dishes
  • Hand Blender/Blender
  • Juicers
  • Utensil holders
  • Kitchen caddy
  • Chopping board
  • Sponges/Scourer
  • Storage Bins
  • Scales

Remember, if you use it daily, it should be durable. You do not want to replace items every week.

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Once a week use:

  • Mixer
  • Food Processor
  • Toaster
  • Waffle maker
  • Soup makers
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Rarely Use

  • Ice cream maker
  • Dehydrator
  • Popcorm Maker
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Events/Occasions

  • Chaffing dishes
  • Cool Boxes

Luxury Items

  • I classify pricier versions of all the items under this section. Just as you would luxury outfits, you pay premium price for high end kitchen gadgets.
  • Some luxury items sell for thousands of pounds , so having multiple luxury items that are not used often or used for business can easily put a strain on finances.

If you must purchase these items, it’s best to read reviews before you purchase.

Prioritise

You don’t need so many gadgets in your kitchen for it to be functional, but having the right ones makes a difference.

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