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Best kitchen gadget gifts for families who are struggling financially

Updated on September 21, 2014
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Give a gift that will make life better all year long!

These time-saving kitchen gadgets can be so helpful for families with tight finances.

For people who are working full-time but still having money troubles, it can be a major challenge to provide appealing and high-quality meals for the family. Cooking good food from scratch takes time and effort, and it can be hard to muster up the energy to do it after a long day of work. And ready-made foods that are healthy are usually expensive.

Some nice kitchen equipment can make it a lot easier to put great food on the table.

Bread Maker

Whole-grain bread from the supermarket costs a lot more than white bread.

A bread maker can provide healthy bread at much better prices. And there's nothing like the aroma of freshly baked bread!

Also, since home made bread is SO much more delicious than store-bought, this could win over those family members who "don't like" whole-grain bread.

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

This combo toaster, egg poacher, and meat warmer can make a breakfast sandwich in only 4 minutes (you have to start with pre-cooked meat, maybe something left over from dinner or some lunch meat?).

In less time than it takes to stop off at a fast-food joint on the way to work, they can make a fresh breakfast sandwich with whole-grain bread, lean meat, and no funny additives. And it will cost so much less!

Deep Fryer

We all know that frying isn't the healthiest way to prepare foods, but everybody likes those burgers-and-fries meals now and then. Making it at home is much more economical than going out!

Add some variety by cutting up your potatoes different ways (fries, wedges, chips, etc.)

Juicer

We all know how expensive fresh-squeezed juices can be compared to the price of the fruits and vegetables that the juices are made from. Give the gift of something healthier than coffee and cheaper than going to the juice bar.

This description of this juicer says that it produces pulp-free juice, which is exactly what some people want. Fortunately, the pulp is collected into a "pulp bin", so if you're a fan of pulp you can mix some of it back into the juice (Which is really good for you! You want the fiber, OK?).

Rice Cooker / Food Steamer

This is an all-in-one meal maker.

You can cook any kind of rice in it and steam meat or vegetables at the same time. It has a delay timer, too, so you can set it for the time you expect to be home (and if you're late, it will keep everything warm for you).



Slicer/Shredder

For me, the thing I dislike most about cooking from scratch is chopping vegetables. I will usually pass over any recipe that talks about finely minced onions or shredded carrots.

But a good slicer and shredder makes that kind of work easy. That provides a lot more options for making good meals fast.

The reviewers on Amazon also say that this gadget is easy to clean.

For cutting jobs that still require a knife, things go much better if your knives are good and sharp. A good knife sharpener is another gift that makes a great addition to the kitchen.

Toaster Oven

Now they probably already have an oven that works OK, but having a toaster oven along with it makes it possible to have two baking projects going at once. Cooking large amounts of food at one time is a great way to save time and money.

Maybe you could pair this gift with a book about Once-A-Month Cooking!

Also, my family went through a time when our big oven was broken and we didn't yet have the money to get it fixed. During that period, the toaster oven was my best friend.

Yogurt Maker

I use yogurt a lot of ways at my house (one of our favorites is as a topping for oatmeal). Making your own yogurt can be cheap and easy with the right appliance. The results we have gotten from our home yogurt maker have been consistently delicious!

The description on this yogurt maker says that if the milk is pasteurized, you don't have to heat it up before making the yogurt. The milk does have to be at room temperature, though.

Vacuum Food Sealer

Vacuum sealing can keep foods fresh "for up to five times longer than conventional storage methods", according to the product description. The sealer can be used for leftovers, fresh produce, raw meat, and much more.

Using vacuum sealing can reduce food waste, make bulk cooking more manageable, and make brown-bag lunches more appealing.

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Suggestion box: What are other good kitchen items for families in financial straits?

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      othellos 3 years ago

      A coffee maker maybe would be an item to think of.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      A mixer is on my wish list. Mine died a couple of years ago and it is just hard to make a mixer purchase a priority. I'm just talking about a hand mixer here. Nothing fancy! Also, I love my electric griddle, which enables me to easily make larger batches of pancakes, french toast or grilled cheese sandwiches at one time.

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      wolley811 5 years ago

      Great lens... A 1-cup coffee maker would make a great gift idea for a single-person household who frequently needs to stop by the coffee shop for a caffeine fix.

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      Jackie Block 5 years ago from SE Michigan

      Everyone in my family has Hot Shots. They near-instantly heat up to 2 cups water to boiling. I use mine for tea, cocoa, ramen noodles etc. An inexpensive gadget, that excels at making inexpensive meals.

    A book about preparing good meals without spending a lot of money

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        othellos 3 years ago

        Excellent suggestions. This topic can help a lot of people nowadays.

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        Mishael A Witty 5 years ago

        Toaster ovens are great, aren't they? We got one as a wedding present, and it came in so handy when our oven died and we didn't have the money to fix it. Great ideas! :-)

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Great gift ideas, I'd love a juicer again!

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        Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        Great ideas on this lens! Could not do without my crockpot, which is a great timesaver and also a good way to cook less expensive cuts of meat.

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        wolley811 5 years ago

        I LOVE the gadgets you featured here! Great lens!

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        Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

        The toaster/egg poacher combo is fantastic. Never saw anything like it before. I love poached eggs on toast (my favorite breakfast), so noticed this appliance right off the bat. Nice gift guide suggestions here... and very practical. Congratulations on having your gift guide featured on the holiday monster board.... and Happy Holidays to you.

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        Dee Gallemore 5 years ago

        Great list of money-saving kitchen gadgets. Any one of these would be such a blessing to a struggling family.