Obtaining the right tool for the job is always important, but nowhere does it have a more significant impact on the enjoyment one receives from using those tools than in the kitchen. The price of cookware can range drastically, starting as low as a few dollars per pan to as high as several thousand dollars for complete professional sets.
Individuals who wish to get the most for their consumer dollar should begin by making a realistic assessment of their needs. Once this is done, one is able to narrow one’s search, which may include finding a useful coupon codes, locating a restaurant supply store, or finding an estate sale.
Cooking With Quality
It is important to make a realistic determination of what level of cookware one actually needs. If you plan to cook infrequently and replace pots and pans in the near-term, inexpensive options will suffice. If, on the other hand, you cook regularly and the subtle advantages available in high level cookware are important to you, then focusing on gourmet choices is wise.
Furthermore, it is important to decide between long-term and short-term cost; while cheaper cookware costs less today, it tends to need replacing more quickly. If one has the means to spend more initially, replacement costs will be lower.
Buy in Bulk & Other Methods
The following are a number of easy ways to reduce the cost of cookware for the conscientious shopper:
Buy Complete Sets – There is always a significant savings when one buys a complete set of cookware that contains a range of pieces over when one buys each piece separately. Sets tend to be well thought out, so the additional pieces may prove useful. Because several pieces share a single lid, if you cook extensively, this should figure into which set you choose.
Buy Discontinued Lines – When the current celebrity chef loses popularity and his or her signature line is discontinued, significant saving are available. The basic cookware is similar from brand to brand, so accepting a signature line that has fallen from the limelight can save you money.
Visit the Store – Many retailers will have deals on boxes that have been opened or returned. Particularly stores with a large wedding registry business may offer unmatched savings. These will be specific to each location, so do not expect to see the deal online.
Restaurant Supply – Professionals use cookware with all the quality and none of the glitz. If you can find a locale supplier open to the public, there are great deals to be had.
While one does not typically think of buying used cookware, many estate sales will include top-of-the-line cookware at garage sale prices. If you do not mind giving your purchase a thorough cleaning before use, this can be one of the most economical ways to obtain quality cookware. Often looking for deals in unusual places can yield the best results.
Author Bio: Marianne Moser is retired and enjoys finding deals on groceries and cookware as a hobby.