First Person: Christmas Sales Saved Me $82 on Restocking My Kitchen

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When my husband and I moved into our first home in early 2012, I was excited about all the extra space we would have. I was especially thrilled to have a kitchen that was three times the size of any of our previous one. Once we got settled in I noticed that we now had space for all the kitchen essentials we had to do without before, but with all the new expenses we were facing I couldn't afford to buy them. However, now that Christmas sales are going strong in nearly every store and on a lot of websites, I can finally stock up on the things we want and need. This is how Christmas sales are helping me restock my kitchen.

Cooking utensils

Before moving here, we had a lot of different cooking utensils, but none of them matched and some were in pretty bad shape. I honestly couldn't wait to get new ones, but I didn't want to spend money on lower quality items, so I decided to wait. In early November 2012, I found a great deal on a set of five utensils I had been looking at for a while. They were on sale for 50% off, so I bought two sets for $37.05 (after taxes), which means I actually bought one and got one free. That's a deal I couldn't pass up.

Food processor

I've always wanted a food processor, but we never had the room for it before we moved to this house. Now we not only have the cabinet space, but we also have more than enough counter space as well. I was able to purchase my first food processor during a "Cyber Monday" sale for $99.99, which is $20 less than the original price of $119.99.

Cast iron dutch oven

I have many friends that love to cook, and most of them have told me numerous times that I needed to purchase a dutch oven. I never really saw the need for one because I never truly understood what their purpose was. However, when I was shopping one of the many Christmas sales that are going on, I found a dutch over that matches my current pan set on sale. It was originally $60.00 and had been marked down to $35.00. I couldn't pass up the chance to see what the fuss was all about especially since I would be saving $25.00 on my purchase, so I bought one.

All told, I bought $254.09 worth of items for $172.04, which is a total savings of $82.05 or around 32.29%.

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