Since the “foodie” lifestyle became more and more mainstream, the number of gadgets you can buy for your kitchen has grown. If you would believe the advertising blurb of some of these products, it’s frankly a miracle you have been able to prepare anything before at all. The new piece of tech, the in-trend gadget (http://trueviralnews.com/15-kitchen-gadgets-every-fruit-lover-needs/). It’s what you need to take your cooking to the next level.
Of course, they come with a pretty hefty price tag.
Then there’re the space requirements. Unless you have a huge kitchen similar to that of a top-level hotel, you need to store all these gadgets somewhere. That’s not easy, and can mean you throw out last year’s must have to make room for the current favourite.
I’m going to throw out a scenario for a product, such as one of the choices on http://www.juicercruiser.com. We’ll assume you already have a juicer that has been working well up until this point. Now the new, flash product has arrived and everyone is raving about it.
Soon, you’re entering into a conversation with yourself. For the sake of ease, I’m going to go with the old trope of an angel on one shoulder and a devil on another.
You: “I really want that new juicer.”
Angel: “You already have a juicer, and it works. Don’t be silly.”
Devil: “But you don’t have this juicer, and this can do all manner of things that your current one can’t…”
Angel: “Does it hoover the rug? Sweep up leaves? Then it might be worth it if it did, but if you’re replacing like for like, it’s pointless.”
Devil: “It does the same things as your current one, but it does them better! Don’t you want to keep creating as many delicious beverage recipes as you can?”
Angel: “You can do that with the existing one!”
Devil: “But this will do it better!”
And so it continues. On some occasions, you end up buying. On others, you don’t and then feel like you’re missing out. Caught between a rock and a hard place, what should you do? You’ve got two choices.
- Allow One Frivolous Purchase At Set Intervals
The intervals in question vary depending on your disposable income, so it could be once a month, once a season or once a year. Whatever you decide, at that time, you are allowed to indulge your passion and buy something just because you want it.
- Go For The Cheapest Option Available
Willpower not going so well for you? Fair enough, but at least lower the financial burden. Take an item like a spiralizer; all the rage for a time, everyone wants one, and there’s about a million on the market. Pick something at the low-but-effective end of the price range and see how much use you get out of it.
If it turns out you do use it as much as you think you will, then you can upgrade to a better model.
If there is no lower price version as you want a specific model, at least endeavour to find discount codes or use loyalty points to buy. That way you can please the little devil, but the angel has something to smile about too.