To buy or not to buy kitchen gadgets

When it comes to new kitchen gadgets, I understand how it may be hard to say no. The pretty designs and novelty are quite alluring. It seems though that the most interestingly designed tools are only made for a single purpose, and for what they cost, buying all of them can be really expensive.

As much as I love the idea of having a kitchen full of cutesy gadgets, I’ve come to accept that I don’t need EVERY one. So how do you know when to say no? Refer to my table below.

I’ve found that everyday utensils (spoon, knife, & fork) can serve the same purpose as many of these specialized tools, so if it’s not easier or more efficient, I’ll often say no. More often than not, single-purpose tools are only made for a single purpose, so you’ll be better off spending your money on other nicely designed items that won’t just sit in your kitchen drawer. Have you found other uses for these single-purpose tools? Please share in the comments section.

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Note: this post was included in the Carnival of Personal Finance #261 hosted by Pop Economics .

Anna Kronzer is a former marketing specialist and program manager at MMI.