Five smart gadgets that help you save


Whether you love cooking, or hate it, you are probably still interested in saving time and money in the kitchen. While some people may not be ready  to plump up around $2000 for a Thermomix, which does just about everything but the dishes, there are some other options  and gadgets that make life in the kitchen a whole lot more productive. So what are they?

ISpoon kitchen stylus

If you’re a modern baker there’s a chance that you’ve experienced getting messy fingers on your smart phone or tablet. You’ve found the greatest recipe, but have to keep checking back with your device on just how to make it, daubing cake mix covered hands all over expensive screens. Step in the ISpoon stylus, a smart phone compatible pen at one end, and wooden spoon at the other. This nimble cousin of the wooden spoon family is functional and fun to use, just make sure you don’t get your sleeves covered when you flip the spoon over!

Cost: $5-15

Savings: This funky spoon could save your device from a cakey grave – $200-$1000!

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Bag Re-sealer

This little gadget isn’t the most exciting, but it sure is useful. A bag re-sealer works by clamping and heating along the packet edge, creating an air-tight seal. Say goodbye to wasting chips that have lost their crunch, and hello to tidier cupboards without any rubber bands and messy clips in sight.

Cost: $30-40

Savings: No more wasting crisps and biscuits that have spoiled – estimated $10 per week

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Kitchen safe

This is a plastic container that features a timed safe – pretty useful if there are hands trying to get into the cookie jar before dinner. There are so many uses for the kitchen safe that extends well beyond the kitchen, from self-moderated food intake, to limiting spending, to confiscating items from the kids in time-out.

Cost: $49 each

Savings: This gadget has so many uses it’s tough to put a number on it.

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The HapiFork

You may have been told that eating slowly and really chewing food can have a positive effect on weight loss. The tech wizards at Hapifork have taken this idea and turned eating into a trackable experience with the aim to help people understand their eating habits. The device also vibrates if you’re eating too fast – who knew the speed you eat could one day be controlled by your cutlery.

Cost: $80-120 inc shipping

Savings: This piece of tech won’t save cash, but it could save your waistline!

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Multi Cookers

If you are looking to save time in the kitchen, then this is the gadget for you. A Multi cooker can be a pressure cooker, slow cooker, electric pot, rice cooker, steamer and fryer all in one! Rather than buy lots of similar appliances, consider making savings by purchasing one to do everything!

Cost: $150 to bit over $600, depending on size, material and functions

Savings: Up to an hour per day of cooking time.

So, there you have it, five machines that all make savings in some way, whether it’s monetary, time, or your waistline. If you’re building up cupboards full of the newest in kitchen technology, ensure it’s properly covered by your home and contents insurance so you never have to go without your favourite gadget.


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