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    19 Things For Anyone Who Loves Food But Hates Spending Money

    Products you'll wish you knew about sooner at prices that *won't* burn a hole in your wallet.

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    1. A compact cold brew maker so you can get your daily coffee fix right at home WITHOUT dropping $6 a day on lattes from cafes. Six bucks a day + seven days a week = way too much money spent on caffeine.


    Promising review: "This little filter is great. It makes the perfect amount of cold brew for a week for me. I usually steep for anywhere between 12 and 24 hours depending on how strong I want it to be. Grind your beans coarse and fill with filtered water and toss it in the fridge, can't be any simpler. I used to always drop $3–$4 a day on iced coffee or the VSC cold brew from Starbucks, so I can't imagine how much money this has saved me." —Jacob S.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.96+ (available as a 1- and 2-quart cup).

    2. This breakfast sandwich maker that'll give you a McGriddle-esque meal and basically pay for itself after just the first week of use.


    Promising review: "I’ve had this sandwich maker for almost a year now and still love it! It saves me time, money, and calories by not going through a fast-food drive-thru. I’ve found the perfect cook time to be four and a half minutes for an Egg McMuffin style egg. I typically use an English muffin, two slices of deli turkey, Canadian bacon, or pre-cooked sausage, sliced cheese, and an egg broken up and seasoned with salt/pepper. I would highly recommend this for anyone who loves breakfast sandwiches as you can customize the ingredients to what you like. Not to mention, this little machine is SO easy to clean and has a tiny footprint so you don’t have to worry about it taking up a lot of counter space." —Brocko

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four colors and is also available with a built-in timer).

    3. A bottle of Heinz Mayochup because you can put it on everything for that weirdly delicious fast food taste. Why go to Burger King when you can slap some of this on a homemade patty and have a burger that's just as good?


    Promising review: "This stuff is the BOMB! I first ordered a small bottle to try it out. We like both ketchup and mayonnaise on lots of things and also use it as a dipping sauce. The two are a perfect match together and taste delicious on even the simplest of sandwiches. We put it on just about EVERYTHING from burgers to scrambled eggs to tacos! I reordered the big bottle double pack." —Camella Spriggs

    Get it from Amazon for $10.45+ (also available as a pack of two).

    4. Some Starbucks flavored syrups so you can make your favorite drinks right at home and save some serious $$$. Look, I love me a venti iced vanilla latte as much as the next New Yorker...but I also love not seeing negative numbers in my bank account.


    Promising review: "My husband loves these, but they are hard to find locally and pricey. This was a great deal and he should be set for a bit with his coffee syrups!" —Rachael Lea Tate

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $19.99 (available in caramel, hazelnut, mocha, vanilla, sugar-free vanilla, and a variety pack).

    5. A box of Cafe du Monde beignet mix because booking a flight to New Orleans for the real thing will just run you waaaay too much dough — even if it's unearthly delicious.

    After visiting Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, to say that I fell in love with beignets is a liiiiiiittle bit of an understatement. I found a restaurant in Queens that makes NOLA-style beignets, which were delicious enough to satisfy my cravings when they popped up. Unfortunately for me, that restaurant is 40 minutes away from my home AND the beignets are kind of pricey. So when I found this Cafe du Monde beignet mix on Amazon I promptly added it to my cart. It takes a little practice to make perfectly puffy beignets, but it's so worth the patience! And, the cost is definitely worth the number of beignets you get from just one box.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.63.

    6. This handheld milk frother you can use in place of a frother from a $200+ cappuccino machine. You're just four bucks away from having beautifully foamy drinks at your disposal.

    I love Greek Frappés, but looking for a Mediterranean cafe everywhere I go and buying one just isn't very...economical. So I bought the Nescafé instant Greek coffee and this frother at the recommendation of someone who makes way more Greek frappés than I do. I've had it for the last six months and it's still going strong! I use it several times a week for my drinks and it gets my coffee foamy in literally seconds. Plus, I save a ton of money from not going out to buy frappés!

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    7. A mini donut maker because nowadays, a dozen donuts already costs like $13. Get ready to cater an entire party or prepare after-dinner desserts on a dime.


    Promising review: "It’s pretty much the coolest little donut maker! I used a recipe I saw on Pinterest using boxed cake mix and they came out yummy and super fast! Only a couple minutes per bake. My family loves when I make them and they are perfect for snacks or parties." —Dominique

    Get it from Amazon for $16.49.

    8. Reusable silicone cupcake liners so you can whip up a sweet treat sans paper liners that you'll have to throw out and re-purchase the next time you want a batch of something yummy.


    BTW, they're microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe so the possibilities for fun (and a quick cleanup) are endless!

    Promising review: "These are very cute and practical! This is a good investment if you bake a lot or even just here or there. You don't have to buy paper ones anymore, which saves money. Just spray the cups with cooking oil before baking and they are easy to peel off with little to no residue. They're easy to clean, too!" —Melissa

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $5.60.

    9. A set of icing tips for anyone who wants beautifully decorated cakes and cupcakes worthy of appearing on Cupcake Wars without actually buying them yourself. Unleash your inner Martha Stewart for parties, birthdays, holidays, and more.,

    Promising review: "I bought these because I decorate cakes for family and friends birthdays, as I have been doing for years. Compared to all the other brands I've used, these are so much easier to use and clean (as well as the silicone icing bag). These are definitely the best quality decorating tips I've ever purchased, especially considering the affordable cost. Highly recommend this set." —Chael Hancock

    Get a 50-piece set from Amazon for $9.55.

    10. This sushi making kit that's perfect for sushi lovers who'd rather not spend $12 on just one spicy tuna roll. Think of all the spicy tuna rolls you can have with this baby.


    Promising review: "I'm very happy I invested in this kit. I was paying $5 per roll whenever I bought sushi from a local store. I figured I should teach myself how to make sushi. This makes it foolproof, and I'm saving a lot of money on lunches now by making my own sushi." —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    11. A Home Chef meal kit subscription you need if spending $70+ on groceries that go bad before you get to use them deeply hurts your soul. You pick the serving size that best suits you, and the meals you want to make every week.

    I love cooking, but I HATE when I spend a ton of money at the grocery store for ingredients and then don't even use half of them — they spoil and go to waste, and there goes my money! So, a meal subscription service is the perfect solution for me. You get sent the exact portions of ingredients you need so you waste nothing. I've been loving my subscription to Home Chef. There's a variety in the recipes that I wasn't getting with other meal subscription boxes, and everything tastes amazing!

    Get a box from Home Chef starting at $7.99 per meal.

    12. This handy, dandy smoothie recipe book for anyone who wants to start their day sipping happiness through a straw, NOT sulking because they spent $6 for a tiny cup of apple juice and strawberries. The recipes can help you create the quality smoothies you get from some of your favorite, expensive spots right at home.

    Stirling Publishing

    Promising review: "I've had this book for over a year now, and I absolutely love it. It has inspired our whole family to eat healthier. The nutritional information alone makes this worth the price. I learned from this book about all kinds of healthy smoothie additions like goji berries, chia seeds, coconut, maca powder, and camu root (all easy to find on Amazon or in a health food store). And she gives you the nutritional info about each one (suggested amounts, fat, calories, vitamins, and benefits)." —Twlb

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    13. Everything but the Bagel seasoning so you can get that obsessively delicious flavor over and over again without reaching into your wallet over and over again.,

    Promising review: "I literally put this on everything. It’s awesome! I bought it because I already live Trader Joe’s and so that was a no brainer. I was making homemade keto bagels and wanted everything bagels and this was perfect. I will definitely buy more when I run out." —Edward Maroney

    Get it from Amazon for $6.84.

    14. An easy to use–Guac Lock because you'll finally be able to break the vicious (and expensive) cycle of buying or making guacamole, doing your darnedest to save it for as long as possible, throwing it out because you couldn't save it, and re-buying guac.


    The Guac Lock creates a vacuum-tight seal that removes any air from your guacamole to avoid oxidation — aka, your guac can live to see another few days!

    Promising review: "I use my Guac Lock on a weekly basis and I’m obsessed. There’s a learning curve that comes with it, but once you get the hang of it, it will save you money on all your saved guacamole. It’s great for meal prepping, parties, and having something on hand for guests. I’m not much for one-purpose only gadgets, but I will forever sing the praises of the Guac Lock." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    15. Reusable coffee pods that'll help you save on splurging for actual K-cups. They let you brew coffee that suits your tastes and are easy to clean so you just might find yourself reaching for these over and over.

    Promising review: "I wanted to use these for a little while before I left a review. I have to say, I really like them. They are sturdy as opposed to other cheaper, flimsy ones I have tried. They clean up with ease. I can use whatever coffee I wish, which I really like because there are only certain coffees I actually like and not all come in K-cups. Plus, being able to use any ground coffee saves me money, so what's not to like about that? They fit into my machine without problems. All around, I can't say anything negative about these reusable cups. In fact, I recommend them." —curlymommyof2

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $13.95.

    16. A wine saver because it'll extend the life of your opened bottle of wine by creating an air-tight seal over the top. Gone are the days of tossing your wine because you've accidentally let it sit too long.


    Promising review: "I do enjoy wine but do not drink it as often as others. Therefore, being able to preserve the contents of the bottle after enjoying one glass is wonderful, and it saves money by not having to toss the wine so quickly. The wine saver is easy to use by pulling the plunger up to form the vacuum. Just wait until you hear the click and you're done! The stoppers are easy to remove when you're ready for the next glass." —D. Coughlin

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.99.

    17. The Flip-It! bottle stand that's designed to help you get the very last drop of literally anything. Because nothing hurts more than knowing you have about an extra week's worth of ketchup sitting in the bottle, but not being able to get it out.


    Promising review: "GREAT product! I just ordered my second set today. My first set, which I purchased less than two months ago, has already paid for itself at least three times. Flip-It! defines a five-star product — it works perfectly, is well-made, AND it saves money. My daughter's hair gel costs a fortune and it kills me how much gets tossed because it sticks to the bottom. Enter Flip-It! and the problem solved. Same for the somewhat expensive squeezable mustard my wife and I like. So many products in the bathroom, kitchen, and garage were ripe for this invention." —Steve R

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available as a set of 12 and a set of 24 pieces).

    18. A pack of bread-saving sheets you'll want to use with ALL of your pastries because they'll help keep your baked goods fresh for longer — aka, no more having to toss half a bag of bagels because you couldn't finish them all in less than a week.


    Promising review: "I love these papers. I make a lot of bread and was running into freshness issues periodically if we didn't eat the bread within three days. I have yet to have a loaf go bad since we started throwing these into our bread box. I plan to keep these coming to help preserve my baking efforts." —Dustin Grime

    Get it from Amazon for $8.52+ (available in packs of one, four, and 10).

    19. And the Bluapple produce saver so you can keep your fruits and veggies fresh for up to three times as long, which means you'll actually have an apple a day without worrying about everything else going bad too soon.


    The Blueapple works by using little packets to absorb the ethylene gas that produce naturally emits, which in turn allows the produce to stay fresh for longer. Just place a packet inside the apple, snap it shut, and throw it in your produce drawer with your fruits and veggies. The packets last up to three months.

    Promising review: "The test I gave my Bluapple was in my two-pound spinach package that I buy from Costco. Usually, after I open it, I have about three days to eat it before the spinach starts getting slimy. I put my Bluapple in the package on top of a paper towel and it increased the freshness to about two weeks!! I am very impressed and have already saved money on keeping my produce from going bad. I will be buying them as gifts for friends who also like to cook!" —L.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $18.26.

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