Spring is here, and summer is on its way, so grilling season has arrived. This will be our first full year in our new home, and my husband and I are looking forward to entertaining our friends and family. Before we can host our first cookout, we had to purchase some grilling supplies. Instead of going with the cheaper brands, we decided to splurge on a few essentials.
These are three of the grilling essentials we splurged on, and what they cost us.
In late 2012, my husband and I purchased a set of discounted grilling utensils from a big-box store. We hoped the set would last us a few seasons, but the pieces quickly started falling apart. At the end of the season, I decided to toss the entire set out, and planned to buy a better set this year. I found our new set online for $69, but since I used a coupon code I only paid $50. After we received the package in the mail, I could tell it was well worth the extra expense because the pieces are very well constructed and clearly better quality than our last set.
Now, I know that kabob baskets aren't on everyone's must-have list, but after seeing some of disasters we had last year, they are essential for us. I estimate we lost at least $20 worth of food last year because meat and vegetables fell off our kabobs while grilling, and I know that baskets will prevent that from happening again. Our kabob baskets were $6 a piece, and we purchased six of them. In the end, we spent $36 on this splurge, but I know they will pay for themselves in no time.
Digital meat thermometer
I'm very picky about my food preparation, so I always use a meat thermometer when cooking indoors. Last year, we used my indoor thermometer while grilling, but this year I decided to buy one that was better suited for use on a grill. I found several models that retailed for less than $10, but I was concerned they would not holdup well, so I splurged on a more expensive brand. The thermometer I purchased retailed for $25, but I got it on sale for $20.
All told, I spent $106 on these three grilling essentials. I usually take pride in my frugal ways, but I know that splurging on these items means I will save money in the long run.
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