If you do all your shopping at specialty stores like Sur La Table, you’ll spend too much money. Do all your shopping at discount stores and you’ll wind up with a lot of low-quality merchandise. The key is to get different supplies from different sources.
“The dollar store is a great place to find some basic kitchen items,” Woroch says. “Food storage containers are up to 20% less than at Wal-Mart and Target, and dish towels and basic cooking spatulas can be picked up there for a discount.”
She recommends staying away from knives there, and also notes that the oven mitts she has bought there were too thin to provide adequate heat protection.
If you’re looking for brand-name appliances, she has had good luck on Amazon (and she adds that if an appliance comes in multiple colors there, click around to see which color is cheapest). But Woroch says she has also been able to find appliances and other kitchen goods at flash-sale sites like Gilt and HauteLook.
Finally, large stores like Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond also have their place, but Woroch suggests making sure you take advantage of coupons and sales to get the best price there.
“I go to Macy’s for kitchen stuff – they always have coupons and sales, and they hold the coupons behind the register, so ask if you can use theirs,” she says. Woroch says that if you forget to bring your coupons to Bed Bath & Beyond, you can bring them in later for a price adjustment.