If you’re trying to stick to a budget, you might think that buying a new kitchen gadget is the last thing you should do, but did you know that many of them can actually save you money in the long run? You’ll also save time, time that can be used to enjoy doing what really counts, like spending it with friends and family, or whatever your heart desires.

Thousands of new gadgets hit the markets every year, each one promises to do something special, and maybe even comes with a fancy video, but only a few ultimately find success and are actually worth owning.

All of these great kitchen tools are definitely worth the investment.

Smart Chef Al Dente Singing Pasta Timer

This is definitely a fun product, but it will also save you time and money because it means no more having to cook yet another batch of pasta because you accidentally forgot about that pot boiling on the stove. This is a waterproof timer that you drop into the boiling water when you add your pasta. When the pasta is perfectly cooked, al dente style, it will serenade you so that you’ll never overcook those noodles again.

Japanese Mandoline

If you have a Japanese Mandoline no longer will you have to drag out your food processor, or put in a ton of effort by hand, to beautifully slice fruits or vegetables. A mandoline makes quick work of slicing, resulting in perfectly uniform, thin pieces without all the time and effort. You can produce pounds of matchstick-size carrots and loads of uniform apple or potato slices in a fraction of the time it would take to do it by hand. Coleslaw for a crowd isn’t a problem when you have one of these. Plus, you can just store it in a drawer, pull it out, rinse it off and dry on a dish rack.

Just watch your fingers, because these things can be very dangerous. Use the hand guard, they all have them and don’t try to get out every last bit of the fruit or vegetable, stop when you no longer have something to hold onto.

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

If you like to start your day off with a breakfast sandwich but want to save time, money, calories, and potentially your health by avoiding that processed junk at your local fast food joint, get a breakfast sandwich maker. Y It will toast your bread, cook the eggs and heat up meat, cheese, veggies and anything else you want on your perfect breakfast sandwich, and as its surfaces are non-stick, you don’t need to use any butter or oil either.

Melon Baller & Fruit Scoop, 3-in-1

It’s so hard to come up with healthy tasty snacks, for your kids, for yourself, or for a party. You’ll be ahead of the game, turning juicy watermelons, aromatic honeydews, and irresistible cantaloupes into one big colorful, nutritious fiesta.

For a party or to please the kids on a hot summer day, start the day before by scooping up melon with the Super Scooper and then freeze all of the melon balls you make overnight. The next day, simply add them to sparkling water and garnish the drink with lemon wedges and/or mint sprigs. These are ideal tools for adults and kids alike to make quick, healthy work out of snack time.

Slow Cooker

While the word “fun” may not come to mind with a slow cooker, it definitely can be, as there are so many delicious, nutritious things you can make with it, you will be able to really get your creative juices flowing. Plus, it’s one of the most cost-saving kitchen gadgets you can own as it uses only a small amount of energy over a long period, much less electricity than a traditional oven does. It’s easy too – all you need to do is toss your dinner ingredients in before you go to work and when you get home you’ll have a hot meal all ready to serve.

Sensor Can

With the Sensor Can you’ll never have to worry about having to have a hand free, or getting your garbage can dirty, again. It automatically opens as soon as you’re near it, and it stays open. That’s a fantastic perk to have when you’ve got to take out the trash. Made by superhuman, it uses an infrared field that senses the area above the can for automatic opening, and it also features a stainless steel liner rim that flips up so you can quickly and easily change the liner.

Smarter Fridge Cam

The future is here now with the Smarter Fridge Cam, an item showcased at the International Consumer Electronics Show in 2016. This is a Wi-Fi connected refrigerator camera, and while it probably sounds a little silly and totally unnecessary, when you delve further into what it actually does, you’ll realize how much you need it. Writing a grocery list is all well and good, but it never really gets everything – and, the worst thing is when you buy something you already have, taking up valuable space and usually leading to at least some of that food going bad. Just think about how many times you’ve been at the grocery store and ended up picking up eggs only to find out there are already a couple dozen at home? Wouldn’t be great if you could virtually open your fridge and see what’s in there while you’re away?

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