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Items Worth Paying A Bit Extra For When Moving In To Your First Home

Updated on October 8, 2012

When setting up your first home, it goes without say that you will probably be on a fairly tight budget. Before you rush out and buy the cheapest things money can buy, here are a few things that are worth paying that little bit extra for and why.

Stainless Steel Cutlery

Consider buying a nice set of stainless steel cutlery. The plastic handle ones may look nice and you can colour match them with your kitchen, but it is very likely that before five to ten years have passed, those pretty little handles are going to start to fall off and you’ll be needing to spend a small fortune on purchasing another set.

A good set of stainless steel knives, forks and spoons are designed to be sturdy and they don’t rust so you are more likely to still have those in twenty years time or possibly even longer.

Stainless Steel utensils

Again stainless steal rules when it comes to your cooking utensils as well and you may find that a well chosen set will still be going strong in your kitchen in many years.

A plastic set is often flimsy and becomes a nightmare when trying to scoop out your homemade Sheppard’s pie from the dish and it's bending all over the place. Plus if you leave the spoon in the beans or leaning against a hot pan for too long, you may just come back to a rather melted bit of plastic that once resembled your spoon or spatula.

Whilst some metal sets will prove sturdy, it is likely that they will start to rust within ten years and that can put some pretty nasty chemicals into your food that you wouldn't particularly want your family to be eating.

Spending a couple of extra pounds now will save you a good few extra pounds in the future.

A Good Iron

A good iron won’t necessarily save you money in the long run because they will all break down eventually and you’ll have to shop around for one again but it will save you an awful lot of time. I don’t know many people that actually enjoy ironing and I’m certainly not one of them. As hard as it is to believe, a good iron will cut your ironing time in half. You should be able to get a decent one for around £40-£80 but don’t just go on price because it’s not always a case of 'more expensive is better. Check out the watts and steam output, the higher that is, the better your ironing experience will be.

Another Ironing Tip – Always check the height of your ironing board before purchasing one. The last thing you want to do is heave one all the way home only to find you can’t reach it because it’s to high or too low.

Copper or Stainless Steel Saucepans

I may seem a little obsessed with stainless steel items but there’s a very good reason for it. A cheap metal saucepan set will start to show signs of rust in a very short amount of time, I know this from experience. But what I didn’t realise is after that set, my next lot would become just as dangerous to me and my family. I flashed some cash and bought a well known brand name of non-stick saucepans thinking they would last for ages. It wasn’t long though before that set started chipping off the non-stick little bits into my food meaning we would all start eating little bits of lead in with our meals.

So after plenty of experience and online research I concluded that copper or stainless steel saucepans and frying pans are by far better for your health and will save you money in the long run. They won’t get damaged as quickly and you won’t have to keep buying new sets.

Duvet and Pillow Set

This one is not entirely essential that you buy a more expensive duvet and pillow set because a cheap set will do a nice job too, but for me, bedtime is my favourite time of the day. No matter how long a day has been, whether it be good or bad, you just can’t beat being all snug with a lovely fluffy duvet and pillows.

You will find with the cheaper hollow fibre sets that they do go out of shape and flatten pretty quickly, especially after their first run through the washing machine. It may only take a year or two before you are longing to purchase a new one.

Something by Silent Night or DreamLand etc would probably keep fluffing it's self up for you for many years over.


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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi moonlake, that's brilliant! And WOW 50 years! Really hope mine will still be going strong in that long.

      Best wishes.xxxx

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Good job.

      We bought a set of stainless steel pans from a door to door salesman the first year of our marriage. They are still my best pans after almost 50 years.

      Voted Up.

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi case1worker, thanks for having a read. I've made the mistake myself in the past of not checking the height of the ironing board and it was so tiny for me. All I can say is never again! :) xxx

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      CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      The ironing board height is a really good tip. I have mine slightly higher than average as I find it easier to use-

      Great hub, voted up!

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi Pamela99, That's very much the same for me, wish I had known all this right from the start. I'm thankful to know know though! xxx

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      You list of items sound excellent to me. I wish I had done more of this when we bought this home.

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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi vocalcoach,

      Thank you for for voting up and all the rest. Much appreciated. I hope it saves at least a few people from learning the hard way.


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      Victoria Stephens 6 years ago from London

      Hi revisoryorchid,

      Thanks for having a read and leaving a comment. It's never too late to keep this information in mind for the next time your items do need replacing!


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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Such a good hub just full of smart information before moving into a new home. I love stainless steel! It's the best for cooking and cutlery. I agree that more should be spent on these items. Most helpful. Voted up, awesome useful, interesting.

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      revisoryorchid 6 years ago from London, ON

      I wish I would have read something like this 10 years ago....great job!

      Voted Up!