Tooling Up My Kitchen with SwagBucks & Amazon Prime

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Years ago I spent a small fortune to outfit my kitchen. And then kids came. And debt happened. And kitchen accessories fell a lot lower on my list of priorities.

In fact, I even hawked quite a few of my kitchen ware at garage sales over the years, in the hopes of paying off debt or simply downsizing an overly cluttered kitchen.

There are a few things that I’ve held onto and won’t part with. My good dishes, my heart shaped bread pan, my apple peeler-corer-slicer — to name a few.

And there are things that I have chosen to live without.

But, over the last year, my pastry scraper disappeared and one of my silpat mats bit the dust. And those are items that I use often. And at least once a week, I’ve lamented their losses and wished that I had them.

Well, last week, Thursday night, to be exact, I said, “It’s all I can stand and I can’t stand no more!” I marched out of the kitchen straight to the laptop and ordered replacements.

However, I did so without feeling guilty that I was spending frivolously. In fact, I didn’t spend a dime.

Free Stuff

Thanks to SwagBucks that I had redeemed for Amazon gift cards, I was able to buy a pastry scraper and a silpat mat for nothing. And they arrived Saturday morning thanks to a 3-month trial of Amazon prime. Woo hoo! And I’ve used both items twice since Saturday. Woo hoo! Again.

Next up, saving for a new food processor!

How do you go about building your kitchen?

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  1. I totally hunt around garage sales. Most of my bakeware is all 1950’s metallic stuff with lots of scratches and stains, but nothing a little bit of crisco or butter spray couldn’t fix. And most of it was gained for under $1. So no complaints here. On a seperate note, I have to ask you–do you take all the pictures for your blogs on your own? If so, what camera are you using? Great post, as usual!

  2. i’ve been out of college for 3 yrs and got married a year and a half ago. right after i graduated from college my grandparents moved out of their house & into a retirement community… so i inherited a ton of my grandma’s kitchen tools- bread pans, a big & mini food processor, her kitchenaid mixer, and more. it was amazing! and then my parents moved & downsized their kitchen so i got some pyrex (albeit 1970s/80s style!). i already had family china, so when i got married i really only needed everday dishes, silverware, glasses, pots/pans, & utensils. it all worked out well. now there are random things i want but i have the basics & every some fun tools, and ask for the fun stuff at christmas/my birthday. 🙂

  3. Other than searches, do you do anything on the SwagBucks website to earn SwagBucks? It takes me a long time to earn just one $5 Amazon gift card.

  4. Yeah! That made me laugh … I just “splurged” on some ultra eye lift cream which is pretty comical being that I’m not really all that into beauty stuff … all I can say though is after 4 days of using it … WOW … what a surprise!! 🙂
    Anyways, just added the silpat mat on my wishlist … had one before and it always scared me (I can’t remember exactly what it was, something about fiberglass or some stupid thing!) … what a no brainer!

  5. Stacia Jahnke says:

    I used to shop Goodwill/Thrift Stores and borrow things from my mom until I became a Pampered Chef consultant 4 yrs ago. Now my kitchen is fully stocked with awesome, quality kitchen products and the majority of it, I have earned for FREE!! Gotta love that!!!!

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