Of all the larger and smaller kitchen appliances that are available on today's market, which ones do we really need? Which ones could we do without?
Last year the old one broke and had to go. Now, having enough money saved up for a replacement, I searched for the right one. I did an extensive online research. While at it I ran into some shocking trouble (You can read more on that in Take Precautions). But, finally, I have found the one I wanted to order. It's on its way now and should be delivered today. (I'll do a review about it in the near future.)
Even though it can be very time consuming, I usually enjoy buying a new kitchen appliance and find it exciting to go into the store or to order it from an online shop – at least most of the time. What I don't like is the part I'll have to do before the purchase: thinking about whether I'll need the item or not, researching what's on the market, and then choosing the right one.
I start by asking myself a few questions:
Have you ever asked yourself just how different shopping would be not having to pinch pennies? Imagine, you could choose whatever you would like to pick without having to look at the price-tag. Would this be easier and more fun? I don't think so. If I'm looking back, thinking about many of the things I have bought for my home, the ones I had to save toward to buy were the most exciting ones to get. Yes, if the budget is more generous then we can choose from a wider selection of products. We are able then to buy more expensive items. But, you know what? Having more money means that we are able to pay more for products we do need; but we will also waste income on fancy items that we don't really need.
Do your research and then make a decision based on the best possible answers you could come up with. Remember that there is no perfect machine and that even the best will cease to function sooner or later.
Stay tuned for more detailed posts about individual kitchen appliances.