FROST YOUR KITCHEN WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS
There are some pretty cool kitchen tools on the market but most often they are a waste of money because they are valuable in the moment but then fade away deep into the back of a kitchen cupboard.
You all know what I’m talking about because you likely have some of those kitchen tools you’ve forgotten all about screaming to be used. I know we do.
Under the cupboard we have an apple corer, grilled cheese machine, Pampered Chef cheese grater and I’m sure I could find a few more if I left the computer now and had a look, but you get the point. One of these days I’ll be the one selling these kitchen tools on Kijiji because I’m sure there will be a buyer out there looking for these items that will complete their kitchen gadget list.
Some of you might dig this All Ware Stainless Steel Pineapple Easy Slicer and De-Corer
kitchen tool but for others it’s just another expensive addition to the kitchen that will likely collect dust. The original price is $28.95 but if you are certain it will add value to your kitchen tools list then you can buy it now on sale for $5.47 Canadian on Amazon. For the frugal shopper this is an excellent deal especially if you love pineapple!
Keep in mind Amazon Canada prices are timed specials so they won’t last forever if I’ve inspired you to purchase one. I’m not trying to sell you anything I’m just saying if this is for you, it’s a great deal!
We have a few of these types of kitchen tools that never get used but we also have some that we use often like the Jamie Oliver Fruit and Vegetable Peeler that has 3 attachments to create spiral, Julienne and shaves. It’s a pretty cool kitchen tool that my wife got for Christmas from her sister that we use all the time.
On the other hand buying a KitchenAid 17-Piece Tool and Gadget Set for $56.72 would be worth the money as all these kitchen tools are a necessity in any kitchen. You’d get more use out of a product like this if you want to stick to kitchen basics without buying the cute extras that some may consider simply, “convenience” of the kitchen tools.
I’m also a big fan of bamboo so buying a Lipper International 826 Set of 6 Bamboo Kitchen Tools in Mesh Bag because you know they will last you is worth it. We actually have 2 sets of the bamboo kitchen tools and love them.
On the other hand you can buy wooden kitchen tools at the Dollar Store as they have an extensive kitchen tools section. It depends on how much you are willing to spend and the quality you are looking for. I don’t mind spending money on bamboo because I like to use them on my anodized aluminum pot set instead of stainless utensils.
Organized Kitchen Tools
Budgeting is very important to me and with that comes the food budget which over the years has stayed fairly consistent for our family considering the obvious rise in grocery prices. Canadians are struggling to buy the groceries they need so they are forced to make meals that stretch a bit further or using less ingredients than they have on hand.
Some of the most obvious reasons someone is not cooking in their kitchen is because their kitchen is not equipped with the right kitchen tools. When you don’t have the tools to complete the job it’s hard to get things done. Sure, you can substitute kitchen tools but not often enough.
Besides the obvious stove and refrigerator there are kitchen tools that any home chef must to help motivate sticking to your grocery budget. As one of my fans pointed out, you can have all the kitchen tools you want in your kitchen but if you don’t push yourself to cook and use them, they are useless to you.
Della F: A good knife, pots, pans are very important…but I think the most important is the desire of wanting to stay on their grocery budget. You can have all the appliances known to man but if you don’t have the desire, it won’t change.
Even if you don’t budget a great way to keep you at home in the kitchen cooking is to make sure you have the kitchen tools available to you and a plan to create a menu plan and grocery list. If you have the kitchen tools, ingredients and recipes at home you’re more likely to cook.
The idea of organizing a kitchen to make sure it is user-friendly also includes ensuring that the kitchen has all the essential kitchen tools to create amazing meals. Getting by with a pot and a frying pan may be doable but it might cause someone to break down and order in or hit a fast-food restaurant.
Reading a recipe can be depressing when you don’t have all the ingredients or kitchen tools to execute the meal. I know someone who has no wish to cook, limited income and has the kitchen tools but eats out just about every day. Not everyone likes cooking but unless you’ve got the cash to back-up eating out at restaurants daily then you should consider taking a cooking course or testing recipes at home.
The money you save from not eating out is the money you can use to buy your kitchen tools and stock your pantry. If you still think you can’t afford to buy what you need for you kitchen there are a few other options you can use to save money on kitchen tools.
Shop Second-hand shops
If you have a second-hand store in your community don’t be afraid to drop in and see what kitchen tools you can find. The best day to go is on a 50% off day so you’re paying half the price which means you can load up on more kitchen tools and baking essentials. We’ve found countless utensils, Tupperware brand containers, stainless steel bowls and even a frying pan for eggs with no issues.
Do a search on Kijiji or even Facebook auction and garage sale groups and you’ll be sure to find kitchen tools and even appliances for a fraction of the price brand new. You can also find loads of good prices on kitchen tools over at Amazon.ca for Canadians which I’ve shared with you today. Many retail stores now offer home delivery so you can order products from the comfort of your own home and wait for the doorbell to ring. Easy Peasy!
It’s garage sale season in about a month or so where you are almost guaranteed to find all sorts of kitchen tools along with large and small kitchen appliances for cheap. The best part about garage sales is the negotiating factor but always remember to test anything if it is electrical before you buy or assume the risk that it may not work.
If you are in need of kitchen tools such as a spatula, wooden utensils, stainless bowls, cheesecloth, forks, spoons, ice-cream scoop etc. the Dollar Store likely has it.
Some of you may think that the quality of the products are cheap at the Dollar Store and some are but many are just as kitchen worthy as their expensive cousins from the kitchen supply store. We’ve picked up many kitchen tools from the Dollar store that work perfectly fine and get the job done.
Quality kitchen tools
If you have the cash and want to buy name brand or pricier kitchen tools a kitchen supply store will likely have everything you are looking for, but expect to pay the price. We’ve had both the cheaper versions of kitchen tools and the pricier and I can tell you from experience, they both can have flaws. Most often you’re buying the name, just like you pay more for name brand food products and clothing.
If you shop online you can score some great deals at Amazon Canada instead of paying full-price at a retail store. Some of you may want to invest in top of the line kitchen tools and that’s fine but I’d certainly pick and choose what is worth spending money on and what products can be bought for less somewhere else.
Essential kitchen tools for the home chef
Kitchen tools and small appliances will differ for everyone based on needs but there are some kitchen tools that I believe are a must-have in any kitchen. For the newlyweds in their first home, young adults in their first apartment, those learning to cook or student renters I’ve put this list of kitchen tools together to help you get started.
Having these basic kitchen tools at home motivates us to cook, eat in and stick to our grocery budget. Aside from the refrigerator, stove, microwave, extractor fan and other major appliances in the kitchen that you may or may not need at the end of the day as long as you have fire, you can cook.
You may not need all of these kitchen tools but over the years they have helped us countless times to make the most gorgeous meals, many of which you can find on our blog in the recipe index.
Basic Kitchen Tools List
- A good knife set
- Stainless steel bowls
- Bamboo utensils
- Pasta and Vegetable strainer
- Good Baking sheets, roasting pan, muffin pans, cake pans and loaf pans
- Food Processor (We’ve had a pricey one that broke and a cheap Black and Decker model for much less and it works amazing.
- Hand mixer but prefer a Stand Mixer. We have 2 Kitchen-Aid stand mixers that come in handy for baking.
- Oster Detachable Hand Blender with Blending Cup which is on sale right now for under $20~
- Norpro Stainless Steel Grater for under $10. You don’t need anything fancy to grate with. This is very budget-friendly
- A Stainless steel, cast iron or aluminum pot and pan set- I brought my anodized aluminum pot set from the UK which retailed for over $1100. They may seem expensive but they are in excellent shape and should last me forever. If you have the cash to spend on quality pots and pans, I’d suggest doing so. It will make your life much easier in the kitchen.
- Norpro Stainless Steel Grater is currently only $7.70
- Harold Imports Company Nylon Double-Ear Fine Mesh Strainer, Silver, Set of 3 You can pick this up currently for $10!
- Microwave oven – I know what you are thinking but we use it mainly for warming food up or defrosting. With a baby in the house the microwave has served us well defrosting his homemade baby food.
- Kettle – Hey, I’m British and like my tea but the kettle has come in handy for so many things. A pot on the stove works just as well if you want to cross this off your list and add a coffee pot.
- Griddle – We have a large electric griddle and I’ll tell you that we use that sucker all the time. We love it for making pancakes, bacon, burgers etc. It’s always nice to have around as back up just in case your stove quits working.
- 2/4-slice toaster is a must for any kitchen if you are a bread eater. We used to be but not so much any more. You can also now toast bagels, pancakes and waffles as well as other pastries. My sister-in-law even cooks toaster dogs in the toaster. Don’t ask! lol
- Crock-pot – What more can I say except, set it and forget it. This is a great kitchen tool to have especially when cooking and time is not on your side.
- Brown Sugar Bear – This little $2 dream keeps the brown sugar nice and moist and well worth the money. You can pick them up at the Bulk Barn.
- Kitchen Scale is great to measure food so you’re not using more than you need
- Set of measuring cups
- Oven Thermometer
- Candy Thermometer
- Ice-Cream Scoop
- Can opener
- Bottle Opener
- Rolling pin
- Pastry cutter
- Plastic and Wooden cutting boards
- Knife Sharpener
- Rubbermaid heat-resistant spatulas (these are a must have)
- Stainless Steel Tongs
- Oven Mitts
- Pizza cutter
- Potato masher/Potato ricer
- Cheese Cloth
We have all of these kitchen tools in our kitchen and a tonne more that we do use for everyday cooking. I think I’ve named plenty of kitchen tools that I believe are essential to stock a kitchen and to you get you started. As you go along buying new/used or free kitchen tools you’ll see just how valuable it is to have everything you need to create those delicious recipes in your home kitchen.
Eating out is a treat, Eating at home is a memory to last a life-time.- Mr.CBB
What other kitchen tools am I missing that you want to add?
The Fans Speak Up:
Mary C: A good knife is an absolute must have for me! A food processor is nice but I could live without it if I had to. My slow cooker is my second best friend and gets used several times a week.
Angela M: My must have is a bread maker. The cost of bread is outrageous these days, but I don’t have the time to do it by hand right now. The cost of the bread maker is made back quickly and then it’s a very low-cost per loaf.
Christine W: I cooked for a while when first married with just a pot or two and a fry pan….
Christine W: I agree that a good knife is a must. The slow cooker is great to have. I use my bread maker for pizza dough! An immersion blender is very nice as it can mix or use as a blender or pulverize all in one!! Handy little beastie it is!!
Juli B: My stand alone freezer. We buy our meats when they are buy one get one free. Once a month our local Winn Dixie has these sales. We save at least $50. or more each time we buy meat. And doing it this way we only have to buy once a month!
Angela M: I agree with the slow cooker as well. I used to have two, but one broke and I still feel lost without it. It helps with days that are tight for time to walk in the door and supper was ready to go. I am wishing we had it in use today.
Christine W: Cooking with only a couple of pots and a fry pan limited a lot things as I couldn’t make something that needed more than that. We ate a lot of one pan meals out of necessity. Spaghetti and sauce could be done, chili, stews..that kind of thing.
Mona M: Having a frying pan and a pot to cook with is fine. I’ve done fine with just that. Must have tools would be a really good Santoku knife and chopping board. A basting spoon, slotted spoon and a turner is enough to cook with. As for appliances, a slow cooker.
Pat H: says the stove. My niece says she only has a kitchen because it came with the house. LOL. Her hub does the cooking in their household as well.
Colleen K: A cookbook with basic recipes and how to recipes and with that you will gain knowledge and knowledge is power.
March Grocery Game Challenge posts 2016
Join in the 2016 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post. Here are the rules to get you started and where you’ll also find a link for the updated 2016 GGC schedule. Please feel free to download, save and even print the schedule so it’s handy. Thanks to Mary for putting this together for us again this year. If you need any help please let me know.
New monthly prize: $10 President’s Choice Gift Card for Canadian residents only BUT If you want to play from outside of Canada and have PayPal and you win I will pay you $10 Canadian . I use a random online generator to pick the winning ballot every month.
If you missed any grocery game posts for the month I will post the line-up each week below for you so you don’t have to go looking for past GGC posts for the month. Alternatively, just click on the “Grocery Game Challenge” tab on the blog side-bar to see past posts.
March Grocery Game Posts
- This is the last shop from February if you want to read or post your shop- Inexpensive Meals
- How To Eat Gourmet Food On A Tight Budget
- The Best Canadian Grocery Stores To Shop At
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Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2016
The Ultimate Grocery Shopping guide is ongoing with new informative money-saving posts added every month.
Even if you don’t live in Canada there are some amazing budget saving tips that will help put you on the path to more savings at the supermarket.
Share this guide with your friends and tell them about Canadian Budget Binder especially if they are struggling with their grocery budget.
The time is NOW to get started saving money on groceries so please enjoy the many money-saving posts in the The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.
2016 Grocery Shop Results
Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2016: $2820
(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.
Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month:$235.00
- Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $217.05
- Total Gift Cards used to date: $50
- Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
- Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
- PC Points Plus Earned to date: 114,063
- Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP)to date $0
- Shoppers Optimum: Over 700,000 points (I will update this twice a year)
Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
- Snap Groupon to cash out: $6.50
- Zweet to cash out : $18.25
- Checkout51 to cash out : $7.00
Grocery Shop This Week
- 6 x $0.90 Neilsen Cream used Rain Check
- 2 x Cauliflower $1.88
- Baby Spinach $4.97
- Homo Milk Sealtest $5.27
- 2% Milk 4L Beatrice $4.27
- 4 x Selection Butter $2.88 ($11.52)
- 3 x Astro Coconut Yogurt $1.99
- Tre Stelle Ricotta $3.99-0.60 peelie coupon
- White Mushrooms $1.88
- 1 x Smoked Ham $6.99
Total Out-of-Pocket: $48.02
- 3 x cucumber $0.88 each
- Banana $2.06
- 2 x Multigrain Bread $1.77-50% stickers ($1.78)
- 4 x Granulated Sugar 2kg bags $1.47 ($5.88)
Total out-of-pocket $12.36
- 2 x dozen Omega eggs $2.99 each (+800 Optimum points)
Total out-of-pocket $5.98
- Total to spend this month $235.00-$32.41 over Jan = $202.59
- Stockpile budget 2016 ($25.00-$1 overage= $24.00)
- Stockpile budget used this month: $26.64 (over $2.64 month)
- Total coupons used this week: $.60
- Total coupons used to date: $4.60
- Total in-store discounts this week:$0
- Total in-store discounts to date: $157.75
- Total spent this week: $66.36
- Total spent so far this month: $177.63
- Total over/Under spend this shop: over
- Total over/Under spend for the month: $ under
- Total left to spend for the month: $24.96
- Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $252.95+ Feb $249.46+March $
Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
We did some stocking up this week which was nice so we could get ahead. We have just under $25 left for the month. Let’s see if we can finish off March on target!
How was your grocery shopping week?
Coupons and Coupon Apps 2016
Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons! These are your latest Checkout 51 offers which you can use to help save money. We’re finding less and less coupons in the stores these days. What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?
Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem for awesome products or gift cards. I did this in the UK and loved it!!
Plus check out these other hidden areas online to get more coupons!!
- Healthy Essentials Printable Coupons (Johnson and Johnson)
- Clorox Coupons Sign up to print coupons in the Clorox family which include Greenworks, Glad etc.
- Kraft Canada Sign up and receive recipes and coupons by email
- MySavings.com Printable Smart Source Coupons
- Walmart Canada Printable Coupons
- Proctor and Gamble PandG Sign up for printable coupons
- Hidden Coupon Portals You Should know about – I found this over at Save a Loonie and you’ll want to sign up for notifications and check out the site so you get notified every time a hidden coupon is available from Save.ca, Brandsaver, Smart Source etc.
Grocery Game Challenge 2016 FAQ’s
- Grocery Game Challenge RULES: Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible. The rules have been updated for the 2016 challenge year.
- Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?: No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
- What is the monthly prize and who can claim it?- The monthly prize is a $10 PC Loblaws Gift Card and for our out of country friends it’s $10 CDN via Paypal if they win. As more people join I will add more money to the gift card or I will split it up and offer 2 prizes every month.
- When does the Grocery Game close each month?: The Grocery Game Challenge closes at midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month but you will still get a ballot when you post your shops even if they are late but I encourage you to stay on schedule. If you choose to post monthly or bi-weekly you will only get 1 ballot for that shop. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it altogether. Don’t let that be you! You can post your shops all month-long.
- Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?: No, our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014-2015 we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year in order to plan accordingly our budget.
- Do you stockpile food? We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and just one way to help cut your budget to save money if you do find items that you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
- Canadian Coupons:Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list.
- Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading with mobile coupon apps being the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site Save.ca that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile Save.ca app joining forces with the many other coupon apps available. If you find an app that I don’t talk about please let me know as they are always being added and I’d like to review them.
- What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our Iphone so if you wan to have all your flyers in one spot download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
- What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
- What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons?: If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
- How Do I Grocery Shop?: I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.
Nobody is perfect, heck we struggle with this part of our budget like many people do. This is why the grocery game challenge was created back in 2012 and is one of the most popular hang out spots for people who want to save money on groceries in Canada.
If you’ve just joined The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 get ready to look at your grocery budget by learning…
- Where you are spending money
- How much money you are spending
- How much money you are saving every month
If you want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide! It’s FREE!
If you know a topic that should be discussed send me an email. If I use your topic I will put your name in a draw for a prize at the end of the year.
You’ve made a wise decision to take control of your grocery budget now show me your shops and let’s get saving!
Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge 2016!
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