12 Appliances That Can Save You Up to $20 a Day
When you’re buying a new appliance, don’t just look at the price tag—think about how much it will save you in the long run.
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Keep more of your hard-earned cash
As they say, time is money, and chances are, you’ve used that argument pretty frequently when buying pricey options at the grocery store for convenience. But here’s the thing: You can save every single day—and not add a significant amount of time to your usual routine—by investing in the right appliances. Yes, you may have to shell out a little money up front, but you will save a bundle over the long haul. These 12 appliances just might change your life and beef up your bank account. And we’re on the topic, make sure you know which home appliance brands are the most (and least) reliable.
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Breville The Juice Fountain
If you prefer to drink your veggies, then you’re probably used to paying $5 to $10 per drink, which really add up over time. But with the Juice Fountain by Breville, you can make your own produce-packed drinks in minutes at home—for less than $4. Plus, if you have overripe fruits and vegetables in your fridge, throwing them into a juicer to create your own concoction is a great way to use everything you spent your hard-earned cash on, as well as eliminate waste. And that’s not even taking into account the health benefits of consuming vegetables that you may not normally love but actually taste great in liquid forms, like beets. Here are 9 health benefits of beets you never knew about.
Cuisinart Cool Creations Ice Cream Maker
Making your own ice cream may sound like a daunting task, but with the Cuisinart Cool Creations Ice Cream Maker, it’s actually quite simple. Plus, you aren’t limited to just ice cream; you can also make frozen yogurt, sorbet, or gelato in just 20 minutes with a few simple ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen. A pint of ice cream can cost around $5 at the supermarket, but with a few basic ingredients (i.e., milk, sugar, and cream), you can make your own dessert for less than $4 the next time you have a sweet-tooth emergency—and still have plenty left over for future cravings. Don’t miss these 22 things you’re not buying from Target but really should.
Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker
If time is your biggest excuse for not making home-cooked meals, then a slow cooker is your best investment. Just throw in all the ingredients in the morning, turn it on, and come back to a fully cooked dinner at night. You can make dishes like short ribs, chicken soup, chili, chicken and vegetables, pizza, and a bunch of other things you had no idea you could make in a slow cooker. It’s one of the best ways to forgo expensive takeout bills during the week because it makes cooking at home so simple. You don’t even have to get fancy if you don’t have the time: Throw in whatever vegetables, protein, and spices you have on hand, and the result will still be delicious.
Breville The Barista Express
On average, Americans spend $2.70 on a cup of coffee, so if you’ve got a one-cup-a-day habit, that can add up to a whopping $985.50 a year! Plus, that number goes way up if you drink more than one cup per day or if your heart belongs to a more expensive brew. While it’s nice to have a local coffee joint with a barista who knows your name and your complicated coffee order, if you want to save some serious cash, investing in an espresso machine is your best bet.
While you may initially balk at the price tag, remember that the Barista Express by Breville will save you a bundle in the long run. It’s a great all-in-one choice that not only freshly grinds coffee beans but also includes a milk steamer so you can create café-style coffee in minutes—without paying extra for almond milk! If you are someone who makes a daily coffee run, you’ll likely break even for this machine in around six months (assuming you’re spending about $3 per coffee).
Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer
It happens to all of us: You buy groceries and, despite your best intentions, you’re (more often than not) left with a surplus by the end of the week that ends up in the garbage. Meet your new best friend—the Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer. It not only allows you to preserve food for future use by extending its shelf life, but it also makes cooking meats using the French vacuum-sealed method known as sous vide much easier. If you buy meat in bulk, you can split it into different meal-sized portions, seal them with the vacuum sealer, freeze what you don’t use immediately to prevent bacteria and freezer burn, and then place the pouches in a warm water bath for hours when ready to cook.
“When you sous vide correctly, you can get restaurant-quality meats, so you can easily save $20 over eating out at a chain steakhouse,” says Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with DealNews.com. “And since the sous vide can be used to pasteurize foods, you can also use it for meal prep easily, which can allow you to take your lunch to school or work with you, and therefore save $5 to $10 a day over eating fast food.”
Cooking using the sous vide method even allows you buy cheaper cuts of meat. “Chuck steak on sale might be approximately $4 per pound, but cooked in the sous vide, it takes on the texture of a restaurant-quality steak and can usually be cut to feed two to four, no problem,” Ramhold adds. Here are another 25 kitchen gadgets you’ll wish you had years ago.
Instant Vortex Plus 7-in-1 Air Fryer Oven
If you spend a lot of time in the freezer aisle, this is the product for you. An air fryer oven is not only a healthier alternative; it can also save you money because you’ll spend less on those prepackaged, processed frozen foods. This 7-in-1 option from Instant Vortex can roast, air-fry, bake, reheat, broil, and more. You can cook healthier versions of your favorite recipes—like French fries, buffalo wings, and onion rings, and even roast an entire four-pound chicken—using little to no oil. In case you were wondering, this is what an air fryer really does to your food.
And check out these savings: A bag of frozen French fries will run you around $2.39. But with the Instant Vortex Air Fryer Oven, you can make homemade crispy fries using just one or two russet potatoes, which cost around just 87 cents apiece.
Cuisinart Elemental Food Processor
A food processor is one of the most versatile kitchen appliances you can buy. It has many different functions, including chopping, grinding, and pureeing. That means it can cut down your prep time by making it so much easier. In addition to saving time, you’ll save some serious cash, since instead of buying precut vegetables at the supermarket at a much higher price, you can chop your own vegetables in minutes. You can also make your own hummus, dressings, nut butter, pesto, grated carrots, potatoes, and even breadcrumbs for a fraction of the cost. Did you know that these 12 kitchen mistakes are costing you money?
Aroma Housewares Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
If you’ve ever attempted to cook rice, you’ve probably had a few failed attempts because you didn’t follow these five commandments to cooking perfectly fluffy rice. It might be a staple in every pantry, but it’s not the easiest to cook, and the cost can add up, especially if you’ve given up and opted to buy the quick-cook packages you can stick in the microwave. Rice cookers are relatively inexpensive, and they make cooking rice as easy as adding rice and water and pushing a button. Pro tip: Buy a 20-pound bag of basmati rice for $20, which is a lot more cost-effective than buying the smaller 2-pound bags. Plus, this way, you can cook bigger portions that will last you throughout the week.
KitchenAid Classic Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
While the KitchenAid stand mixer has become a favorite among avid bakers, it can do a lot more than whip up cake batter. With the right attachments, you can make your own cauliflower rice, shredded cheese, and zoodles, all of which can be costly when you buy them at the supermarket. So, if you love to cook and bake, the KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a smart investment—you’ll learn how to make food from scratch and save money, too. Here are more kitchen gadgets that do everything.