Buying top-of-the-line kitchen equipment for your raw food kitchen can get expensive. Transitioning to a healthier lifestyle can require an initial investment – but this is the best investment you can ever make; you’re investing in your health, your happiness and your life! That being said, I know not everything has the ability to throw down on expensive kitchen gear. Buying the top 4 essential kitchen tools can cost you upwards of $1000-$2000, but it doesn’t have to. If you’re like most people, you’re probably working with a budget.
In this post, I’ll share with you a few tips so you can gear up your raw food kitchen – without breaking the bank. I’ve used these methods over the years to save a few extra dollars without sacrificing quality while acquiring key kitchen essentials.
Tip: Investing in good quality kitchen tools will most definitely pay off in the long run! I’ve tried to ‘cheap out’ and go for less-durable tools but ended up having to replace them sooner than I would have liked. I’ve also scored some great deals over the years and saved lots of money on otherwise very expensive kitchen tools. My best advice: don’t sacrifice for quality! Buying good quality kitchen tools will save you money in the long run.
Top 6 tips to Stock Your Raw food kitchen On a Budget
1. Check out Classifieds like Craigslist or Kijiji
Especially if you live in a city, there’s almost always someone selling a very useful kitchen tool that they’ve barely touched. I’ve come across some amazing deals this way.
2. Go Garage Sale Hunting
Garage sales are also a great way to score great deals but usually you have to be pretty lucky to align with exactly what you want and this can also be very time consuming. Over the years, I have had some great finds, including beautiful dish ware, so it’s worth checking out!
3. Check Online for Coupon Codes
Some sites post coupon codes to other retailer sites. If I’m about to purchase an item online and I see a space for a coupon code, I definitely google it with the product name + coupon code to see what’s floating around out there.
4. Call Online Retailers for Member Discounts
I’ve used this trick before and it’s worked great. I was about to buy something online on a retailers website and I saw that they send out a newsletter to subscribers. I called them and asked them if they send discount or coupon codes in their newsletters and sure enough, they did! I received the last newsletter and ended up saving 25% on my order, almost instantly – pretty sweet huh?
5. Always Check Amazon and Ebay
I personally buy quite a number of essential kitchen tools from Amazon. If you’re in a retail kitchen store and you’re wondering if something is over-priced, if you have an smart phone with internet access, do a quick search and compare prices. I’ve saved myself quite a number of dollars by checking Amazon on my iPhone to instantly compare a price while deciding on a purchase in a retailers’ store. Sometimes however, saving a couple of dollars isn’t worth it for me if I’d rather go home with that kitchen tool that day, rather than wait for it to be shipped to me.
6. Look for Returns or Refurbished Items
Ask stores if they sell refurbished items or ‘returned’ items that are perfectly fine but sell at a discount because the package has been opened. Just be sure to look at the product and ask them about their exchange/return policies for these kinds of discounted items.
Another important tip: when searching for the right kitchen tool, make sure to read reviews. There are many consumer review sites as well as reviews on shopping sites like Amazon and Ebay. Take the time to see what people are saying, this could save you a lot of hassle in the long run!
I would love to hear what cost saving measures you’ve used. Did any of these budget tips spark any good ideas?
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Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii,
Laura Dawn, Registered Holistic Nutritionists