I feel like we all think about purchasing new kitchen products every time we see something different that is supposed to make our lives a little bit easier and less messy. Sometimes they work out and sometimes they don’t, and there is no sure fire way to know except through trial and error and the experience that comes with knowing what you and your family will actually use beyond an introductory level. However, hopefully these tips phrased as questions will help you maximize any dollars you do spend.
1) Ask yourself: Will this make us a healthier family? It is no secret that the cheapest foods you can buy at the grocery store, especially when there is a sale, are the least healthy options. This means that buying an ice cream freezer may not be the best and most economical option for your family given that ice cream is usually quite cheap given the frequency with which it would be eaten. Unless you have a secret ancient family recipe that will make your crew the next Ben and Jerry’s or an unlimited amount of cash , skip on the candy, dessert and soda makers as the extra effort you will expend doing it “by hand” will at least help you burn off some of the calories you will eat and make you think about what you are putting in your body. On the odd occasions where a treat is merited, spending three dollars on a wax carton half-gallon will not kill you. [Read more…]